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History Of The FLY DC Jets Sign

Tue Nov 27, 2001 8:27 am

Hey All!!

I am very interested in the FLY DC JETS neon sign in the Long Beach MD plant. If anyone has some history and or purpose of it I would love to hear it!!


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RE: History Of The FLY DC Jets Sign

Tue Nov 27, 2001 9:31 am

MD came about in the late 1960s (1967, I think), after Douglas and McDonnell merged.

Prior to the merger, Douglas used "DC" in all their aircraft designations, for "Douglas Commercial", hence the old promo sign in the LGB area.

Since Boeing later acquired MD, you might find some more historical stuff over on Boeing's website...
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Tue Nov 27, 2001 10:45 am


Thanks for the post I will check out!
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RE: History Of The FLY DC Jets Sign

Tue Nov 27, 2001 11:55 am

One other fact. When Boeing completed the takeover, they turned the sign off. The uproar this caused forced Boeing to turn it back on. Hopefully, if the plant is closed, the sign will be preserved in The Museum of Flight. If not there, someplace that will do it honor.
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RE: History Of The FLY DC Jets Sign

Tue Nov 27, 2001 2:55 pm

I'll take the sign if Boeing closes down the factory and wants to get rid of it.

I've always found this the most iconic feature of the Douglas Corporation and have much affinity towards it. I remember driving on the 405 back t LA at night and seeing it, across the field, lit up. Being a large MD80 fan I'd try to preserve any remnant of Douglas. If I still lived in my old house I could put it on the roof and proclaim to all of Hollywood 'Fly DC Jets'. However I hope this is not the case and 717 line finds sucess sooner rather than later, the 717 spans other versions and provides employment for many in Long Beach, joy for spotters and Douglas fans.


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