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Douglas DC-2 Historical Question

Tue Feb 14, 2012 11:29 am

I recently watched the 1934 Shirley Temple movie "Bright Eyes".

An American Airlines DC-2 is featured in the movie.

Besides the tail number NC 14274, there is a code "A-74" there, and at the nose of the aircraft.

From what I could see, there was no DC-2 marking on the outside of the aircraft.

What I want to know is, is that "A-74" code a Douglas manufacturing number, and if so, what does the "A" signify?

BTY, another site indicated that AA NC 14274 did crash on 14JAN1936 with loss of all, 3 crew, and 14 passengers.
 
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RE: Douglas DC-2 Historical Question

Tue Feb 14, 2012 7:43 pm

NC14274 or C/N 1307 carried A-74 as AA fleetnumber.
A fleetnumber can best be described as an internal number and a similar system is still common at many airliners(if not all).


For example:

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5CE and 5EL are a lot easier to communicate than N657AM and N679AN
 
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RE: Douglas DC-2 Historical Question

Wed Feb 15, 2012 2:16 am

Quoting DIRECTFLT (Thread starter):
I recently watched the 1934 Shirley Temple movie "Bright Eyes".

An American Airlines DC-2 is featured in the movie.

Besides the tail number NC 14274,

Photo of that DC-2. No date or location.



[Edited 2012-02-14 18:16:40]
 
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RE: Douglas DC-2 Historical Question

Wed Feb 15, 2012 5:18 am

Thanks aviopic, now the mystery is soved ! !

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