Dakota IV control surfaces and paradoor questions
1/ Am I correct in my thinking that the control surfaces were/are metal framed with fabric covering?
2/ Would the paradoor be removed before take-off(on wartime parachute training sorties)or in flight and re-fitted
in flight or after landing?
I realise that a "dispatcher" member of the crew would have to pull in the used static lines once the trainees had departed the aircraft
prior to re-fitting the paradoor in flight.
Is/was there a stowage point inside the aircraft for the door,surely it wasn't just placed on the floor after removal?
I'm trying to build KK138/S of No.1 PTS either at Ringway or Upper Heyford in 1946 out of Airfix's C-47 Skytrain kit.
The only picture I can find of her is in level flight with the paradoor removed and trainees exiting via static lines and my,
she's a lovely well stained and faded old girl.
The rudder shows to have pretty faded OD paint,hence my reckoning that it and the elevators were fabric covered.
Many thanks folks.
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