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Last updated: 27 November 2021
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Date:Monday 3 November 1952
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-90-DL (DC-3)
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 43-15665
MSN: 20131
First flight: 1944
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Fletcher's Ice Island (Ice Station T3) (   Arctic Ocean)
Phase: Unknown (UNK)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
The C-47A 43-15665 was the first aircraft to land on North Pole ice on May 3, 1952. It later crashed at Ice Station T3, a manned scientific research station on an iceberg that drifted throughout the central Arctic Ocean.

Sources:
» The Douglas DC-1/DC-2/DC-3 - the first seventy years / J.M. Gradidge


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