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The C-47 Skytrain or Dakota is a military transport aircraft that was developed from the Douglas DC-3 airliner. It was used extensively by the allies during World War II and remained in front line operations through the 1950s with a few remaining in operation to this day.
The C-47 acts as a mobile spawn point in Battlefield 1942. Any Allied player on a map with this plane can spawn inside of it, as long as the plane isn't full and hasn't been destroyed. The plane can fit a pilot, a door gunner who can rotate his machine gun to fire out of the doors on either side of the plane and four passengers. If the plane is destroyed, it will quickly respawn at its original location. The vehicle offers an effective advantage of allowing players to drop over enemy positions. Despite this, its slow speed makes it an easy target for anti-air artillery.
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The C-47 appears at various points in the singleplayer as either a scripted overflight or as an ambient wreck. The player character paradrops from one in the 1940 section of prologue My Country Calling, and many can be seen flying overhead during the sequence in 1944 and in The Last Tiger. A crashed C-47 can be explored during the second chapter of Tirailleur.
The aircraft is used to drop paratroopers during the Airborne phase of Grand Operations. Similar to the Dropship from Battlefield 3: End Game, the vehicle is AI controlled and will fly in a straight, preset path. Players can spawn in the C-47, and choose when to jump from the plane - which can hold a maximum of twelve passengers at one time. The C-47 can be destroyed with anti-aircraft emplacements such as the Flak 38, with kills being awarded for any enemy player inside at the time of its destruction. However, the plane takes less damage the further away the anti-aircraft gun is, and players that spawn into an aircraft just as it is destroyed will have spawn protection, immediately parachuting unharmed.