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Last Major Airline To Fly DC-3?

Sun Jul 27, 2003 12:54 am

I was just looking old photos from DAL and noticed that these 2 pictures are dated 1962. By then the jet age was really starting to take off (no pun intended). So who was the last major operator of the DC-3? It seems kind of funny that an airline could be operating a 707 or DC-8 and at the same time still flying DC-3s. Those days are long gone for sure. Wish I could have been alive for it.


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RE: Last Major Airline To Fly DC-3?

Sun Jul 27, 2003 1:04 am


Hi!

I know that for example Air France operated a fleet of DC-3's well into late 60's in their night postal service. Also KLM in 1967 still had a DC-3 in their department called KLM-Aerocarto.
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RE: Last Major Airline To Fly DC-3?

Sun Jul 27, 2003 1:55 am

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 COS, 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-HAR-IPT-ELM-ROC-BUF.

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-11's.

 
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RE: Last Major Airline To Fly DC-3?

Sun Jul 27, 2003 2:41 am

Southern operated DC-3 well into the 1960s:


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RE: Last Major Airline To Fly DC-3?

Sun Jul 27, 2003 2:55 am

Not a major but Buffalo Airways still fly them:


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RE: Last Major Airline To Fly DC-3?

Sun Jul 27, 2003 3:57 am

Yess! Buffalo Airways still flys a healthy fleet of DC-3s, C-46s and DC-4s around the north. When i was in Yellowknife i got to see the old pistonliners almost everyday.

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RE: Last Major Airline To Fly DC-3?

Sun Jul 27, 2003 5:56 am

Buffalo even still operates them Mon-Sat on passenger services from Yellowknife to Hay River. I loved having the chance this past spring to visit Yellowknife and see all the old propliners up there still chugging along.
 
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RE: Last Major Airline To Fly DC-3?

Sun Jul 27, 2003 6:18 am

And as "branded" carriers, I believe that PBA flew DC-3's painted in Eastern Express livery as late as the 1980's down in southern Florida!


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RE: Last Major Airline To Fly DC-3?

Sun Jul 27, 2003 12:59 pm

The last major airline to fly the DC-3/C-47 is most likely Ethiopian Airlines. Buffalo, Southern, PBA etc were not major airlines in their respective markets.
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RE: Last Major Airline To Fly DC-3?

Sun Jul 27, 2003 1:55 pm


Hi!

Yes! Ethiopian was infact the last one, I think in the 80's they had almost a dozen still flying there.
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