O-47A
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37-273
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NASM purchased by the Army Air Corps on October 20, 1938
NASM delivered to the Eighth Corps Aero Detachment at Biggs Field, Texas, on October 21, 1938
NASM remained until March 3, 1942
NASM moved to Salinas AAF Base near Kansas City, where it operated
NASM August 30, 1942 went to the Fairfield Air Depot, near Dayton, Ohio
NASM October 1942  it was transferred to the Ames Aeronautical Laboratory at Moffett Field, California, for a tour with the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA)
08/10/1945 08/101/945 to arrive at Freeman Field
NASM March 17, 1943, it was again transferred to the 4120th AAF unit based at Freeman Field, Seymour, Indiana, and used for instruction.
Freeman
05/09/1946
Relocate to Chicago
NASM May 1946, it was sent to the Douglas plant in Orchard Place, Illinois
NASM airplane was transferred to NASM on January 3, 1949.
Wingspan 14.3 m (46 ft 11 in)
Length 10.3 m (33 ft 10 in)
Height 4.2 m (13 ft 9 in)
Weight Empty, 2,682 kg (5,900 lb)


The NASM O-47A was purchased by the Army Air Corps on October 20, 1938. It was delivered to the Eighth Corps Aero Detachment at Biggs Field, Texas, on October 21, 1938, where it remained until March 3, 1942. After a short stay at March Army Air Force Base, California, it returned to Biggs where it remained until July 12, 1942. It then moved to Salinas AAF Base near Kansas City, where it operated until August 30, 1942, when it went to the Fairfield Air Depot, near Dayton, Ohio. Two months later, it was transferred to the Ames Aeronautical Laboratory at Moffett Field, California, for a tour with the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA). On March 17, 1943, it was again transferred to the 4120th AAF unit based at Freeman Field, Seymour, Indiana, and used for instruction. In May 1946, it was sent to the Douglas plant in Orchard Place, Illinois, where it was prepared for museum display. Its engine was replaced at Moffett Field and the airplane was transferred to NASM on January 3, 1949.

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USAAF/USAF 1918-1955

Aircraft Accidents by Location

There is no known master listing of all USAF and USAAF accidents 1918-1955, but we have strived to compile as many as possible, and will continue to add additional records as time permits. These pages contain both minor and major accident that occurred both on and off of flying fields.

O-47A 37-273 DEQUINCEY, LA

 

Although principal photography was completed on August 13, 1965, in order to complete filming, a North American O-47A (N4725V) from the Planes of Fame Air Museum in Claremont, California was modified and used as a flying Phoenix stand-in. With the canopy removed, a set of skids attached to the main landing gear as well as ventral fin added to the tail, made it a visual lookalike. Filming using the O-47A was completed in October/November 1965. It appears in the last flying scenes, painted to look like the earlier Phoenix P-1.
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