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Douglas DC-3 Dakota Owners' Workshop Manual: An insight into owning, flying, and maintaining the revolutionary American transport aircraft Hardcover – September 29, 2011
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"I found the book fascinating and fun to read, a break from the usual history of military types and their operational careers. It contains everything you could possibly want to know about owning and operating a DC-3, and probably a whole lot more. If you are interested in DC-3’s, this is a good book to have. Highly recommended." -International Plastic Modelers Society
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The full title of the book is "Douglas DC-3 Dakota Owners' Workshop Manual: An insight into owning, flying, and maintaining the revolutionary American transport aircraft." This title is a bit deceiving and a lot of over statement.
The "Good" is that there are a lot of interesting stories, pictures, and illustrations (including techinacal drawings) that can't be found anywhere else. I figure that less than one-half of the book is text. Included areas covered history, various operations and campaigns through the Berlin Airlift. One unique item included is the complete wording of "The Gooneybird Song".
The "Not so good" is that as a technical manual, it is a bit light, although the basic construction photos are good. It isn't much better as a flight manual. The "Dakota" part of the title means that most of the manual shows a single, still operational, British Military varient of the aircraft, with few references to other varients.
In short, it is a good coffee table book to put next to other references, such as "DC-3: A Legend in Her Time: A 75th Anniversary Photographic Tribute" by Bruce McAllister. If you are looking for an in-depth technical manual it might be a bit disappointing, and there are plenty of flight videos on You Tube. For under $20 it is well worth the money and something you need for your DC-3/C-47 collection.