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When Did The Last Major Airline DC3 Captain Retire  
User currently offlineMit From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 166 posts, RR: 0
Posted (13 years 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 3732 times:

Given age 18 as the absolute youngest anyone has ever been hired by a major airline, no one currently flying Part 121 in the US was hired before 1961. I'm assuming the days of DC3 to 747 careers are rapidly dwindling if not already gone.

Does anyone know when the last former captain and last former FO on a DC3 for a US major airline retired?

Of similar interest ...
Convair Prop
Convair Jet
DC8 (probably still many around)
707 (ditto DC8)

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User currently offlineExnonrev From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 621 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (13 years 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 3685 times:

Let's see, NW has quite a few ex-NC Convair pilots and I would imagine a few ex-SO Martin (retired in 1978) pilots as well. CO may still have a few pilots who began flying DC-3s for TTA (retired in 1968).

As for the Big 3 (of today AA/UA/DL), the majority of new hires in the mid-'60s went straight to jets. (or at least the Electra at AA/EA/BN) By 1965, the replacements for the DC-6s and Connies still in service with the majors were all on the order books. It didn't make much sense to train large numbers of pilots for a/c types that would be gone in two years.

User currently offlineAA717driver From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 1566 posts, RR: 13
Reply 2, posted (13 years 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 3639 times:

I would guess that the Ozark pilots who went to TWA and are now at AA would take the title--since you said "major airline". I will ask the Capt. tomorrow if we still have any OZ DC3 types left.TC

P.S.--the guy I'm flying with is the ONLY FAA certified check airman on the Lockheed Constellation in the U.S. He flies the only commerically-produced Connie still flying in N.A. He has some awsome air-to-air shots in his bag. I'll see if I can get them in the A.net database.

FL450, M.85
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