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 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
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