R4D-5L Skytrain

A unique version of the C-47 Skytrain that dropped paratroopers into Normandy during the D-Day invasion, the museum’s R4D-5L is the famous “Que Sera Sera.”  Its landing gear fitted with skis, it made the first landing by an airplane at the South Pole on October 31, 1956.  Another Naval Aviator, Rear Admiral Richard Byrd, and his crew had become the first to fly over the South Pole in 1929.