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DC-3 In Alaska

Mon Jul 24, 2000 9:25 am

I have made a reservation with ERA Aviation to fly on their DC-3 sightseeing tour next Sunday. I haven't been on a piston-engined airliner in 20 years. Has anybody on the forum been on this tour? If so, what was it like? In addition to the DC-3, I'm also planning to fly on one of Reeve's Electras. I'm on their standby list. I sure hope they have room for me.

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RE: DC-3 In Alaska

Mon Jul 24, 2000 9:58 am

You are soo lucky - The last remaining DC3 in service what was in Wellington, NZ was moved to a new location so we don't have them here any more :-( The reason they told the plane away from Wellington is that we are on the sea and they said that the salt spray was damaging the aircraft and they couldn't afford the up keep. The plane has since commenced flying in Queentown, NZ (In the south island)

I haven't been on the tour that you are talking about, however, last year I did the last DC3 flight in WLG. The are soo slow and graceful. I remember when we took off, we had to do a rather large circuit to get out of Wellington as it's surrounded by hills and the plane can't get high enough, fast enough to do the normal take off and then bank. Just wonderful

Thanks for letting me ramble..

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What Trip Are You Looking At?

Tue Jul 25, 2000 6:33 pm

Are you going to be up on the 29 and the 30th the open house at Elemendorf Air Force Base is on those days here in Anchorage. They are supposed to have the Blue Angels up here. Just thought I would mention that in cause your trip plan wasn't full yet.

Where on the Reever are you heading down to??? Just Curious.
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RE: L-188

Tue Jul 25, 2000 11:25 pm

I'll be arriving on the afternoon of the 29th and taking my DC-3 flight on the 30th. I had planned on flying on the Electra on the 30th, but Reeve told me that flight was only configured for 28 seats, and they were nearly all gone, so I wouldn't have much chance, since I will be on standby. But she said there is plenty of room on the 8th of August on the Electra flight to Port Heiden and Sand Point. So that is the one I am planning to take, if it doesn't fill up.

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DC-3's In Canada

Wed Jul 26, 2000 3:20 am

Buffalo Airways in the Northwest Territories (Canada) operates DC-3 aircraft on daily scheduled passenger service between Yellowknife (YZF) and Hay River (YHY). I think they are the only operator in Canada, and certainly one of the few in the world to continue offering scheduled passenger service with the type.
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I've Been On The Era DC-3 3 Times.

Wed Jul 26, 2000 5:56 am

I've been on the Era DC-3 three times and it is the most pleasant thing in the world. They have better than first class seating and the cockpit is open to vistors. I love the sound of the big Pratt's thumping away. You would love the trip to Mt. McKinley. The DC-3 flight is a truely magical exprience.
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RE: DC-3 In Alaska

Wed Jul 26, 2000 8:33 pm

Well it looks like the WX is clearing up for this weekend so it should be good for your trip.

Myself I will be at the Air Force base from 10-4 on Saturday and Sunday
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RE: DC-3 In Alaska

Thu Jul 27, 2000 12:27 am

Indeed I have! I took a ride on an Era DC-3 about three years ago.

Era completely gets into the retro thing...flight attendants wear 1940s styled air hostess outfits, original leather seats, Life magazines and Glenn Miller playing in the departure lounge. All of it is very stylish.

Airline personnel give passengers plenty of opportunity to walk around the airplane, take photos, snoop around the cabin and cockpit.

The aircraft that we flew on appeared to be in tip-top shape and it had beautiful markings. Red and white paint on a polished silver fuselage.

The only thing that I will caution you about is your flight to Denali (Mt. McKinley). There are very few days in the year when the peak is not obscured by cloud cover and, since Gooney Birds are not pressurized and rarely exceed 10,000 feet (Denali, I believe is about 20,000 ft), you won't go very close to the mountains unless you have a particularly clear day.

We were fortunate. The clouds cleared about the time we took off and we had some truly spectacular views of the mountain range. We actually threaded through the peaks, due to our limited altitude. It was a breath-taking experience.

Also, cabin service was lots of fun: champagne and cheese.

I trust you will enjoy your trip.

Have fun!

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RE: DC-3 In Alaska

Thu Jul 27, 2000 8:43 am

In 1988 I was on an Eastern Airlines DC-3 from MIA-EYW. Very memorable flight.

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