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Song Parodies -> "Puff the Magic Dragon"

Original Song Title:

"Puff the Magic Dragon"

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Original Performer:

Peter, Paul & Mary

Parody Song Title:

"Puff the Magic Dragon"

Parody Written by:

Susanna Viljanen

The Lyrics

Has anyone yet written about Puff's adventures at Viet Nam?
Puff the Magic Dragon was a plane of time gone by
A warrior of the World War Two at the skies of Viet Nam
Thirty years had passed since he was born as DC-3
But he was Air Force working horse and fine as plane could be

A bloody war was raging and Yanks were in quagmire
But Captain Ronald Terry thought "Let's have some friendly fire"
He thought that he could fire fire through the cargo door
He installed three Gatling guns and Mister Puff was born!

So Puff the Magic Dragon lived by Nha Thrang
And he frolicked in the hostile skies of the land of Viet Nam
So Puff the Magic Dragon lived by Nha Thrang
And he frolicked in the hostile skies of the land of Viet Nam

Together they would travel where GIs needed aid
and he would fire those Miniguns near Puff's gigantic tail
The Charlie thought: "A dragon - has attacked us - oi vey!"
The Yanks were all delighted and Puff, he got his name

So Puff the Magic Dragon lived by Nha Thrang
And he frolicked in the hostile skies of the land of Viet Nam
So Puff the Magic Dragon lived by Nha Thrang
And he frolicked in the hostile skies of the land of Viet Nam

And Puff he helped the GIs when the things went wrong
Puff was bane of Commie hordes, the NV and Viet Cong
When enemy was spotted, then Puff went circling low
The Miniguns then did their job and Commies died in row!

So Puff the Magic Dragon lived by Nha Thrang
And he frolicked in the hostile skies of the land of Viet Nam
So Puff the Magic Dragon lived by Nha Thrang
And he frolicked in the hostile skies of the land of Viet Nam

Now dragons live forever - and so does DC-3
The Twin Wasp sound can still be heard when granny's come of me
Eighty years have passed soon, but DC-3 stilll flies
They gather up those flying hours - and Puff, he never dies!

So Puff the Magic Dragon lived by Na Thrang
And he frolicked in the hostile skies of the land of Viet Nam
So Puff the Magic Dragon lived by Na Thrang
And he frolicked in the hostile skies of the land of Viet Nam

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Rob Arndt - July 18, 2011 - Report this comment
I like it, and you know why ;-) 555 rounds of ammo!!!
Patrick - July 18, 2011 - Report this comment
There's an airport about 35 km south of where I live that is frequently the site of old DC-3's being converted to turbo-props with 5-blade propellers. I've seen several with South African registration. A fellow at the hanger said they were being used to drop smoke jumpers (parachute fire fighters) to combat forest fires in remote areas. A well written song and reminder of this enduring airplane.
Old Man Ribber - July 18, 2011 - Report this comment
Susanna - As far as ground support, Puff was far more effective than jet aircraft. Fine concept and execution.
Rob Arndt - July 18, 2011 - Report this comment
Of course, when it came to firepower, the Germans had high ROF from WW1 with Motorguns mounted in Pfalz D.XII fighters. ROF was 1400 rpm and the initial production of GAST guns for air and ground usage would fire 1600 rpm!!! Then, in WW2, the Germans had the aerial MG-81Z at 3200 rpm and the Stuka could carry a gunpod of three of them for 9600 rpm (WB81Z): http://i12.tinypic.com/2poo6d0.jpg Mauser also came up with the aircraft revolver cannon MK-213C which was copied postwar as the British ADEN and French DEFA. And as for huge gun mounts the Germans in WW2 had the BK 3.7, BK 5, and BK 7.5 (37mm-75mm), There was a Ju-88 mounted DUKA 88: http://img250.imageshack.us/img250/366/dukado7.jpg and the highest ROF before the Metalstorm Guns was the ground based German SaMaKa flak gun at 12,800 rpm (8x MG-81, or 4x 81Z): http://www.militaryimages.net/photopost/data/535/Samaka_GPMG_Mount.JPG The Germans also modified a Piaggio P.108A bomber for anti-shipping with a massive 102mm nose gun: http://forum.keypublishing.co.uk/attachment.php?attachmentid=134492&d=1153209798 http://rareaircraf1.greyfalcon.us/picturesd/it27.jpg
Rob Arndt - July 18, 2011 - Report this comment
The a/c BTW that Susanna refers to is the AC-47D "Spooky" that was a CAS a/c in Vietnam. It was a mod of the C-47 Skytrian with 3x 7.62mm miniguns all on the left-side of the a/c for aerial fire support. The first a/c were FC-47s under the radio call sign "Puff" and so that is where the "Puff the Magic Dragon" stuff originated from. Fighter pilots objected to the designation and so the a/c became known as AC-47s. They were succeeded by the AC-119 and AC-130...
Rob Arndt - July 18, 2011 - Report this comment
During WW2, the Germans also had a transport gunship, although not for CAS duty but to protect fellow Me-323s- the Me-323/E-2/WT (Waffentraeger= weapons carrier/gunship). It had 11x 20mm MG-151/20s and 4x 13mm MG-131s!!! 15 cannons in all!!! A pic: http://forum.axishistory.com/download/file.php?id=13099&sid=bc1e6bc7abe8f31b681f231e6bcc8347
Old Man Ribber - July 18, 2011 - Report this comment
Rob - But would it be if someone armed "Auntie Junkers"? :)
Rob Arndt - July 19, 2011 - Report this comment
The "Tante Ju" was not bulit for CAS work as it was a tri-motor that suffered terrible losses over Crete. The Germans could have armed the Ju-290 or 390 but was uneeded for WW2 as Germany had tank-busting Hs-129s, Fw-190 versions, Ju-87G Stukas, and even the Me-410 with BK 7.5s. Read Rudel's victories in his Stukas- fantastic: 2,530 sorties 11 air to air kills (Fw-190) plus 3 Russian (Ju-87 Stuka) 125+ aircraft killed on the ground 519 tanks killed 1,000+ vehicles killed 150+ artillery killed 70 landing craft 1 Battleship 1 Destroyer 1 Cruiser 4 armored trains Various bunkers, bridges, rail lines, communication centers knocked out 1,100 tons bombs dropped 1,000,000 rds MG ammo expended 150,000 20mm rds expended 5,000 37mm rds expended - shot down 32 times - performed 6 rescues - lost right leg below knee, kept fighting, killed 23 more tanks - won Germany's greatest award Knights Cross to the Iron Cross, Golden Oakleaves, Swords, & Diamonds - Most highly decorated and greatest war pilot of WW
Susanna Viljanen - July 19, 2011 - Report this comment
I was lately in an airshow in Turku, Finland, where there were two DC-3 aircraft - one (Finniish) in the livery of Finnair and another (Swedish) in the livery of SAS. Both are originally C-47s, and both have originally participated in the Normandy invasions. The Finnish DC-3 has served both in the Finnish Air Force and in Finnair, and is today owned by Airveterans, a Finnish warbird association. DC-3 will never die - it just needs regular polishing to prevent fading away.
Patrick - July 19, 2011 - Report this comment
I recently saw a Trans World Airlines DC-3 of WWII vintage flying over Kansas City, Kansas. It belongs to the local Airline History Museum. The plane was found several years ago in its original bare metal finish with the message "Buy War Bonds" painted in red. It was flown during the war as a promotion for the Treasury. The museum also maintains a Lockheed Constellation and a Martin 404, but neither fly anymore. When I was much younger, in the early 1960's, you could see DC-3's every day.
Nutty Bird - October 08, 2017 - Report this comment
My mom was on a TWA DC-3 what was called the Gooniebird plane also the C-47 Dakotas used as Paratroop planes in WW II

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