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Last Major Airline To Fly DC-3?  
User currently offlineDodgeCharger From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 210 posts, RR: 0
Posted (11 years 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 3828 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.


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User currently offlineCV990 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (11 years 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 3804 times:


Hi!

I know that for example Air France operated a fleet of DC-3's well into late 60's in their night postal service. Also KLM in 1967 still had a DC-3 in their department called KLM-Aerocarto.
Regards


User currently offlineMilesrich From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1995 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (11 years 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 3738 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.



User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (11 years 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 3691 times:

Southern operated DC-3 well into the 1960s:


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User currently offlineAviationman From Canada, joined Dec 1999, 634 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (11 years 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 3659 times:

Not a major but Buffalo Airways still fly them:


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User currently offlineCanadianNorth From Canada, joined Aug 2002, 3389 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (11 years 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 3620 times:

Yess! Buffalo Airways still flys a healthy fleet of DC-3s, C-46s and DC-4s around the north. When i was in Yellowknife i got to see the old pistonliners almost everyday.

CanadianNorth



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User currently offlineYow From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (11 years 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 3579 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.

User currently offlineSllevin From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 3376 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (11 years 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 3563 times:

And as "branded" carriers, I believe that PBA flew DC-3's painted in Eastern Express livery as late as the 1980's down in southern Florida!


Steve


User currently offlineIMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6287 posts, RR: 34
Reply 8, posted (11 years 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 3497 times:

The last major airline to fly the DC-3/C-47 is most likely Ethiopian Airlines. Buffalo, Southern, PBA etc were not major airlines in their respective markets.


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User currently offlineCV990 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (11 years 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 3476 times:


Hi!

Yes! Ethiopian was infact the last one, I think in the 80's they had almost a dozen still flying there.
Regards


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