DIJKKIJK From France, joined Jul 2003, 1838 posts, RR: 4 Posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 3435 times:
So it happens that the venerable old DC-3, which flew for the first time on december 17 1935, completes 70 years of service this week (never mind even if there are 7 days more to go)
With more than 10, 000 built, and many still flying even today, the DC-3 is an outstanding example of durability, toughness and reliability. It has operated in every country on earth, having landed and taken off on almost every surface in all types of situations. It has outflown many of its more modern counterparts and will probably continue to soldier on forever. Such is the beauty of this little Douglas bird, she can never stop flying.
The Douglas DC-3 has to be the greatest airplane ever built!
Flyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 3431 times:
I love the DC-3. Probably the most important transport aircraft ever built. Amazing what its capable of and how long it has stuck around. It will probably be the first aircraft to still have a substantial number of aircraft flying when the design hits 100 years old.
Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 26382 posts, RR: 22
Reply 5, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 3357 times:
Quoting DIJKKIJK (Thread starter): So it happens that the venerable old DC-3, which flew for the first time on december 17 1935, completes 70 years of service this week (never mind even if there are 7 days more to go)
December 17, 2006 is the 71st anniversary of the DC-3's first flight, not the 70th. The 70th anniversary was a year ago. The 70th anniversary of the first "service", meaning carrying revenue passengers, was June 25 this year. AA put it into service June 25, 1936.
Falstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6229 posts, RR: 30
Reply 7, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 3330 times:
Here is one of my favorites. Falstaff Brewing Corporation's N503 (C-53D #4939)at Ft. Wayne Indiana in 1954. The photo was salvaged from the archives of the Falstaff Brewing Corporation. Hank Haddock was the captain.