Dstc47 From Ireland, joined Sep 1999, 1468 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 6035 times:
A very comprehensive book on the DC2/DC3 recently emerged from Air Britain.
My copy is at home but if I recall correctly, there were somewhere up to 1,000 DC3's still active, or potentially active, mostly flying freight in less developed parts, with heritage groups, with military units (mostly re-engined as turboprops) and a handful of small passenger operators in Canada and Latin America offering passenger service.
If you want a passenger service Yellowknife in Canada might be a good start.
MEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4313 posts, RR: 36
Reply 2, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 5966 times:
Indeed the new book of Ms Gradidge from Air Britain must be the ultimate DC-3 book, I can't wait to see it, browse thru it and buy it.
The estimate of 1000 flying DC-3s is somewhat high. The Tukish, Thai, South African and Greek Airforces together had hundreds of active DC-3s til about 10 years ago but these fleets have been decimated or parked since then.
My estimate would be that there are about 300 DC-3s which have been flying in the last 12 months. Still more then there are flying Fokker 100s or Embraer Brasilia's!
nobody has ever died from hard work, but why take the risk?
AirSpare From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 589 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 5865 times:
I taxied through Villavecencia, Colombia and passed a dozen of the most beautiful DC-3s you could imagine. This was in 1994 or theres abouts, there was not a spec of dirt or grease on the undercarriage, the skins were all hightly polished aluminum, you could shave in the reflection.
Unfortuantely, if I pulled out a camera, my life would not have been worth much. They were mostly flying ferry flights, bottled water, food and chemicals to jungle strips. I'm sure some of these are still in excellent condition and flying. An incredible sight to see, 12 of these magnificint birds lined up, spotless.
L1011dal From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 137 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 5700 times:
Delta still has thier ship 41 restored that is frequently seen flying at airshows around the USA. There's a good website with a lot of photos of the aircraft and inside the aircraft from a ferry flight at
TransIsland From Bahamas, joined Mar 2004, 2044 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 5670 times:
There's got to be lots of them out there... apart from the showpieces mentioned, there are many doing cargo runs. These 4 fly almost daily between Florida and the Bahamas (though I am aware that no. 4 is not a DC-3).
ClipperNo1 From Germany, joined May 1999, 672 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 5565 times:
Regarding South Floridian DC3's, just check out OPF. IMO the Disneyworld for spotters.
Active Carriers (as far as I can remember):
Florida Air Cargo
Rohades Aviation (sp??)
Four Star Aircargo (recently bought Tol Air)
TMF (Super DC3's with increased mtow....supercool staff)
Florida Air Transport (1x DC4, 1x DC6, 1x DC7....You have to know Cpt. Blanco. One of the greatest aviators I've ever met)
"I really don't know one plane from the other. To me they are just marginal costs with wings."Ã¯Â¿Â½ Alfred Kahn, 1977