RESTORED DELTA AIR LINES DC-3 VISITS TUCSON MAY 14
Delta Air Lines is sending a fully restored Douglas DC-3 to select cities as part of their 75th Anniversary celebration. The airplane will be in Tucson on Friday, May 14, parked at the Executive Terminal, 7081 S. Plumer Avenue, at the base of the air traffic control tower from about 10:35 a.m. until 1:35 p.m.
The plane is being sponsored by Delta Air Transportation Heritage Museum and is one of the original commercial passenger planes flown by Delta Air Lines.
In its heyday the Douglas DC-3 could land anywhere with just 3,000 feet of runway, carrying 21 passengers and accounting for more than 80 percent of all U.S. airliners in 1941. Approximately 11,000 were built worldwide before and during World War II. Affectionately termed the “Gooney Bird” by Army pilots, the Douglas DC-3 was revolutionary in its day. For the first time, passengers could get up and move around in the cabin and didn't need earplugs, although it wasn't pressurized.
The airplane goes on tour May 11 in Atlanta and ends on May 29 in Salt Lake City. From Tucson the DC-3 continues to Phoenix.