The Ubiquitous DC-3 Found in Google Earth

DC-3 DC3 Locations in Google EarthThe DC-3 was first built in 1935, and the first commercial airline, American Airlines, flew it in 1936. Just over 10,000 DC-3s were built, and over 1,000 of them are still flying today. They have been used for the military, commercial airlines, skydiving clubs, and pretty much every other imaginable flying use. They are beloved by many in the aviation world.
In the Google Earth Community, one of the DC-3s biggest fans is someone called “Hill”. Hill has been collecting the locations of DC-3s , and documenting them with placemarks. With the help of many other people in his forum thread, they have found over 250 so far. I encourage you to look at his forum thread as he has some background information and links to DC-3 related web sites. One of the best links I looked at was the DC-3 Hangar.
Once you download the GE File above, it is very interesting to double click on the placemarks and witness the location of these planes. Some are just hulks stored off the airport, sometimes with entire forests grown up around them. Others are still on the tarmac, obviously ready to fly. And, the locations are all over the world. The DC-3 is easy to recognize, so it can be fun to look for. This is an admirable collection. Good work Hill!

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. hello
    what is google erth images?
    is ikonoos?

  2. Google Earth uses a combination of satellite photos from different satellites and aerial photography.

  3. Paul Seabrook says:

    Unfortunately a DC3 Dakota in Hamilton International Airport’s “Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum” located at Mount Hope, Ontario, Canada didn’t make your list. It is just outside the high detail area and therefore can’t be seen. In good flying weather it and most other aircraft in this museum are flown regularly. Most notable is the Lancaster bomber. Museum website is:
    Well worth the visit…

  4. In 1998 there were two DC-3s sitting side by side at the Lodi Ca. location, one was painted and the other was silver. I wonder where the silver one went, I had a video of the painted one landing after she dumped a load of sky divers. I don’t know where that video is now.
    Later Bob

  5. Paul Richter says:

    just tripped over this site one morning before heading out to class. There are 3 DC3T’s in oshawa, ontario (CYOO). There are mainly used for flying logistics in the antarctic on skis from late october to early february. Two of the aircraft are brand new with hopes of obtaining another in the near future and the other a/c is approx 5 years old. thanks

  6. There is one very fine -airworty DC3/c-53 (11750)in Sandefjord,Norway, please add it to your map.

  7. guillermo betancourt says:

    there is a DC3 next to a foot ball stadium in the park next to a bulding in Leon Guanajuato
    mexico…..add it to your map
    next to the paseo del niƱo street

  8. Carl Gallagher says:

    In reply to Bob Baker about the lodi DC-3s. The painted one was then owned by the airport owner and is no longer located there. The other belongs to Bill Dause who runs “The Parachute Center” still located on the airport and is visible in google earth. I made the last jump from this DC3 at midnight 12/31/09 – 01/01/2000. Since then the plane flew to Redding for a static display but had a cockpit fire on approch. It survived, was flown back to Lodi and has not flown since and is parked next to the main Parachute Center hanger. The drop zone now features twin turbine AC; 2 DHC6 Otters, a B99 and a Cessna 206.

  9. lloyd fountain says:

    there is a dc3 at chiang mai airport which is in the north of thailand it has thai airforce marking on the wings it has been by the runway for over ten years and needs lots of t.l.c

  10. There is a DC3 on the tarmac in Weston Aerodrome Leixlip Co. Kildare Ireland.
    It sits beside a military jet.

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