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C-47A s/n 43-15972 ready to load at Wright Field, late 1945. Post war, the serial number had been stenciled on the wing of the aircraft for identification purposes should the pilot think of low-level 'buzzing' which had been disallowed after the war because of complaints from civilians. Interesting to note is remainder of the very early (circa '42) blotching on the ailerons when the aircraft was repainted in standard medium green. When applied it was lighter than the normal Olive Drab, and was intended to break up the outline of the aircraft. Unfortunately, the OD quickly faded to leave the blotching looking even darker, which ended up emphasising the outline of the aircraft..the opposite effect from what was intended! Later, negate this, the plane was stripped down back bare metal. Open cargo doors. Trailer load of goods waiting to be loaded. Yellow trailer.