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    Douglas DC-3

    I was watching a programme about the the DC-3 this evening
    One shot was taken inside a production area for the C-47 and showed several fuselages under construction. I noticed that one of them had what seemed to be a 'turret' immediately in front of the fin.
    It appeared to be constructed of flat plates of a clear material as opposed to a moulded curved construction.
    Does anybody have any idea what the purpose of this 'turret' might be?
    None of the other photos or flying shots showed it.

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    I saw it too - was it an early dorsal turret of a B-18 Bolo - the construction of the framework looked similar to early B-17 nose/blister glazing frames before they figured out how to curve plexiglass...
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    I think you are right. I just assumed it was a DC-3/47 since that was what the programme was about :-)

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    Here you go - the B-18 was based on the DC-2 and shared common parts so I suppose it shared the same assembly lines...




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    At the risk of being pedantic, the B-18 was based on the DC-2, not C-47.
    The C-47 was a very late development of the Douglas family, not appearing until late 1941.

    The B-18 first flew several months before the DC-3, in 1935.

    It's probably more accurate to say the bomber and DC-3 were developed concurrently since both had improvements over the DC-2.
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    Pedantry aside, I seem to recall the clip in question being linked to the switch from DC-3 production for civilian use to military and therefore the error was in the narrative for the documentary.

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    You should take it up with them, you were the one misled and distributed incorrect information.

    Really, who are you going to believe...some documentary (we know they're never wrong) or me?
    The B-18s were built long before production switched from civilian types.

    Funny how there are so many misconceptions out there about well documented and well known types.
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    Although a DC3/C47/Li2 with a turret is possible.

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    Early B-18's had a retractable turret.

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    Having found the documentary online I fwd'd to the scene in question...
    The turret does indeed now appear to be the retractable one. As I only had a brief glimpse it looked a bit more pointy.
    And this factory scene was inferred as being post 1941, as the military demanded a transport aircraft and DC-3 production switched to C-47.

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