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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.


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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