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How Many DC-3 Still In Operation?  
User currently offlineKatekebo From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 712 posts, RR: 6
Posted (14 years 4 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 12222 times:

Just to satisfy my curiosity. Does anybody know (or at least have an approximate idea) about how many DC-3's are still flying around? How many of them as passenger operations?

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User currently offlinePrebennorholm From Denmark, joined Mar 2000, 7137 posts, RR: 53
Reply 1, posted (14 years 4 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 12191 times:

I have only one DC-3 in operation. Well, we are 2000 people supporting that DC-3.

We don't fly much, only small jumps and only in the summer season - roughly 40 hours per year.

Following an engine problem some years back we have lowered MTOW so we can fly no more than 19 passengers on a roughly 200 miles range. This makes signle engine operation absolutely safe.

Last year we bought a complete overhaul of our spare P&W R-1340 engine (roughly $50k). Hopefully we won't need it for quite some years. We have it stored in a completely sealed container in totally dry nitrogen atmosphere. Warrenty lasts for five years when the seal isn't broken. Hopefully we now have engines without much heavy maintenance for a couple of decades.

The cabin interior was used when the plane was VIP transport for the royal family. It doesn't qualify for today's fire depression standards, so the plane cannot be on the ordinary civil register. We have it registered in the "experimental" class which means that only members of the club can fly as passengers.

Economically our small "airline company" performs quite well thanks to quite high fares, which cover more than half of the operations costs. Membership fees and gifts from the members cover much more than the rest, and it also helps that the crews fly for the fun of it and don't even get their direct costs (uniforms etc.) covered. Crew training flights, however, is a major expense.

We also have a few minor sponsors. A favourable fuel agreement with an oil company, and a working dress company donated dresses for all mechanics.

We were quite lucky with paint. Some years back, when it needed new paint, then it coincided with SAS's 50th anniversary. SAS repainted it for that summer in the old SAS scheme of the 50'es, and we flew some celebration flights for them. And the following winter SAS repainted it in our paint scheme simular to its air force VIP transport scheme. It saved us a minor fortune.

Most importantly the Royal Danish Air Force supplies basing and hangar including winter storage and workshop for free. And we have access to the on base officers' club for club meetings etc.

Hopefully we will still haul pax along in our DC-3 in a hundred years from now. That's at least what we plan for.

Regards, Preben Norholm

Always keep your number of landings equal to your number of take-offs
User currently offlineAeromexico757 From Mexico, joined Aug 2000, 292 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (14 years 4 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 12174 times:

There is an airline in mexico called TANSA based near Puerto Vallarta that operatates DC-3´s on sightseeing tours and flights to touristic places near PVR.
Pablo S.

User currently offlineVc10 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1468 posts, RR: 15
Reply 3, posted (14 years 4 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 12166 times:

South Coast airways in the UK operates one for sightseeing and short charter work
little vc110

User currently offlineAlessandro From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (14 years 4 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 12144 times:

My guess is less than 1000, hard competition from Antonovs in remote areas of Africa, Asia and so on....

User currently offlineFlagshipAZ From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3419 posts, RR: 13
Reply 5, posted (14 years 4 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 12142 times:

Per propliners.com, more or less 400 DC-3/C-47s are still airworthy around the world. Even the #5 ship, the oldest survivor, is still listed as airworthy. It doesn't, however, means it flown on a daily basis. Regards.

"Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." --Ben Franklin
User currently offlineYow From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (14 years 4 months 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 12127 times:

As far as I know there are at least 50 DC-3s still flying in Canada.

User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 30408 posts, RR: 57
Reply 7, posted (14 years 4 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 12115 times:

I know of three at Anchorage.

1 is owned by Desert Air and is operated as a freighter.

2 are the flightseeing birds that are flown by ERA. They are in winter storage up at Merril Field.

User currently offlineLekky-Man From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2002, 371 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (14 years 4 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 12097 times:

I know there are at least 4 airworthy examples in CVT (Coventry) in the UK, operated by Air Atlantique.
1 is used for ad-hoc charter work, freight and pax, another operates purely for Thales Limited, used to fly for RACAL, 2 others are used for oil spill response work.
Air Atlantique have also just recently sold 1 of theirs to Berlin Air Service, who operate it for sight seeing tours (still registered as G-AMPZ).

Hope all that is of some use.

User currently offlineLionel From Canada, joined Dec 2000, 391 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (14 years 4 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 12092 times:

Classic Air in Switzerland operates two DC-3 for sightseeing flights.


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