I’m a retired USAF fighter pilot of over 20 years and flew most of them in the inventory from the F-80 to F-105/106 and F-4E. I have also flown many other military and civilian aircraft from the J-3 Cub to the B-52; and several flights in the C-47.
What I wanted to inject is no one ever mentioned the best part about the DC-3: it is the most COST-EFFECTIVE aircraft ever built.
Another cargo aircraft is the most versatile ever built — the C-130.
TURK TURLEY (who was last current in the US Army PT-17 Stearman)