I am operating a DC-3 - together with 2000 others - through the organizations "DC-3 Vennerne" (Friends of DC-3) and "Foreningen for Flyvende Museumsfly" (Associaon of Flying Museum Aircrafts). We made a $17,500 profit last year operating our DC-3.
Right now an almost new P&W R-1830 engine is steaming across the pond for our DC-3. We will need it in a not too distant future, and then we will be able to fly it for another fifteen years hopefully without much trouble.
For five years we have been saving for this new spare engine which has been paid cash with $52,915. A lot of people will be jumping up and down when the box arrives in Copehagen shipping harbor in a few days.
After having been cared for all winter our DC-3 will during the next few weeks be used for crew training. We are lucky to have three captains, three first officers and no less than six flight enginiers to fly it.
On 28th April it will make it's first one hour long tour with passengers. And then - weather permitting - it will fly one or two small trips almost every week-end until October and autumn comes. Then again - hopefully - the air force will find a vacant hangar where we can care for it all winter. This is our 10th season operation the DC-3 this way.
This is how DC-3s should be operated these days. Old ladies must be treated with respect.
Best regards, Preben Norholm
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