DodgeCharger From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 210 posts, RR: 0 Posted (11 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 4264 times:
I was just looking old photos from DAL and noticed that these 2 pictures are dated 1962. By then the jet age was really starting to take off (no pun intended). So who was the last major operator of the DC-3? It seems kind of funny that an airline could be operating a 707 or DC-8 and at the same time still flying DC-3s. Those days are long gone for sure. Wish I could have been alive for it.
Milesrich From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2040 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (11 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 4174 times:
Delta retired their DC-3's in 1960. Of course they have repurchased Ship 41 and fly it today as a marketing promotion.
Northeast was the last trunk carrier to fly DC-3's in the United States. As of July 15, 1966, NE was still operating DC-3's on its local service routes throughout New England. Northeast was merged into Delta in 1972. Continental operated its last Threes between DEN and COS, and retired them around 1965.
United acquired a few DC-3's in the Capital Merger and operated them on only one route during 1961, DCA-HAR-IPT-ELM-ROC-BUF.
All US trunk line carriers except National operated DC-3's. NA served their shorter routes with Lockheed 18 Lodestars.
PBA operated DC-3's into the 1980's and painted a few in Eastern's livery operating Eastern Express flights. PBA was shut down for safety violations involving migration flights (season flights where they moved aircraft between their Provincetown, MA and Naples, FL bases) with Martin 404's and YS-11's.
Yow From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (11 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 4015 times:
Buffalo even still operates them Mon-Sat on passenger services from Yellowknife to Hay River. I loved having the chance this past spring to visit Yellowknife and see all the old propliners up there still chugging along.