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DC-3 – Her 80th Anniversary

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The “ubiquitous” Douglas DC-3, what can be said about this aircraft that has not already been said ?

17th December 1935 was a day that made history. It was a day when the first Airliner took its maiden flight and marked the first day that enabled operators to make a profit simply by carrying nothing but passengers from one place to another.

American Airlines were the first to use the DC-3 commercially and on June 25th 1936 the first established profit making route (New York to Chicago) was born.

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With the advent of the war lots of orders came pouring in both from the military and from commercial Airliners which had Douglas producing almost 600 DC-3/C-47’s a month. Between 1935 and 1947 Douglas had built a total of 10,654 of the type and 63 years later (today) there are still almost a 1,000 in…

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  1. January 7, 2016 at 9:13 am

    Thank you for helping to keep the memories alive. Many of my readers vividly remember their trips on the ol’ DC-3, hope yours do too!!

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