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Considered by General Dwight D. Eisenhower as one of the most vital tools to success, the Douglas C-47 Skytrain operated from every continent and participated in every major battle during the Second World War.  

In 1935 an aviation icon was born. While the legendary Douglas DC-3's first significant achievement was bringing profitability to the burgeoning airline industry, its status was cemented above the battlefields of World War II. Utilized in numerous roles throughout its long and distinguished military career, the C-47 Skytrain, or Dakota to the Royal Air Force, included hauling cargo, transporting troops, dropping paratroops, towing gliders and more.

Today, Betsy's Biscuit Bomber—a 1944 C-47B—continues this legacy, flying to airshows all across the United States in honor of those who served. Based in Paso Robles, California, Betsy is one of the lowest flight time, most authentic World War II Skytrains in airworthy condition. With an original World War II interior configuration, she can be seen performing roundtop paratroop drops at events throughout the country.

Betsy's Biscuit Bomber is owned an operated by the Gooney Bird Group, LLC, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and maintained by a team of dedicated volunteers. Visit us at the Estrella Warbird Museum located on the Paso Robles Municipal Airport.


In June 2019, DC-3s and C-47s from around the world will unite Normandy to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day. We need your help to make sure that Betsy can make it. Click to donate today.

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