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70 Years Of The Gooney Bird/Dakota/DC3!

Mon Dec 11, 2006 1:44 am

So it happens that the venerable old DC-3, which flew for the first time on december 17 1935, completes 70 years of service this week (never mind even if there are 7 days more to go)  Smile

With more than 10, 000 built, and many still flying even today, the DC-3 is an outstanding example of durability, toughness and reliability. It has operated in every country on earth, having landed and taken off on almost every surface in all types of situations. It has outflown many of its more modern counterparts and will probably continue to soldier on forever. Such is the beauty of this little Douglas bird, she can never stop flying.

The Douglas DC-3 has to be the greatest airplane ever built!


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Hats off to this wonderful machine!
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RE: 70 Years Of The Gooney Bird/Dakota/DC3!

Mon Dec 11, 2006 1:46 am

I love the DC-3. Probably the most important transport aircraft ever built. Amazing what its capable of and how long it has stuck around. It will probably be the first aircraft to still have a substantial number of aircraft flying when the design hits 100 years old.
 
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RE: 70 Years Of The Gooney Bird/Dakota/DC3!

Mon Dec 11, 2006 1:48 am

Maybe thats what NW should replace their DC-9's with!  duck   Wink
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RE: 70 Years Of The Gooney Bird/Dakota/DC3!

Mon Dec 11, 2006 2:16 am

Quoting Cadet57 (Reply 2):
Maybe thats what NW should replace their DC-9's with!

That would be cool. Maybe one day people will be talking about the DC-9 in such glowing terms. Some of the ones I have flown on; on NW are over half way to 70!

I like that DC-3 named Duggy, Smile in the Sky. It reminds me of all those PSA planes I used to like as a kid.

Quoting DIJKKIJK (Thread starter):
The Douglas DC-3 has to be the greatest airplane ever built!

I would agree. It is like a Small block Chevy V-8, Ford 300 I-6 or a Mercedes 3 liter Diesel. It just keeps running. Rebuild it and it is good for another 30 years.
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RE: 70 Years Of The Gooney Bird/Dakota/DC3!

Mon Dec 11, 2006 3:05 am

As the saying goes... "The only good replacement for a DC-3 is another DC-3."

Truely one of the greatest aircraft ever designed, as it clearly takes a damn good design to still be going strong after 70 years...




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RE: 70 Years Of The Gooney Bird/Dakota/DC3!

Mon Dec 11, 2006 3:50 am

Quoting DIJKKIJK (Thread starter):
So it happens that the venerable old DC-3, which flew for the first time on december 17 1935, completes 70 years of service this week (never mind even if there are 7 days more to go)

December 17, 2006 is the 71st anniversary of the DC-3's first flight, not the 70th. The 70th anniversary was a year ago. The 70th anniversary of the first "service", meaning carrying revenue passengers, was June 25 this year. AA put it into service June 25, 1936.
 
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RE: 70 Years Of The Gooney Bird/Dakota/DC3!

Mon Dec 11, 2006 3:59 am

Viscount724, re-read DIJKKIJK's (tricky) wording again  Wink. Cheers to the Gooney Bird!
 
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RE: 70 Years Of The Gooney Bird/Dakota/DC3!

Mon Dec 11, 2006 5:11 am

Here is one of my favorites. Falstaff Brewing Corporation's N503 (C-53D #4939)at Ft. Wayne Indiana in 1954. The photo was salvaged from the archives of the Falstaff Brewing Corporation. Hank Haddock was the captain.
Falstaff DC-3 N503 at Fort Wayne 1954


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