Air Transport World

Golden bird. (1985 marks the 50th anniversary of the Douglas DC-3) (editorial)

Approaching the end of another year once again, it is time to look ahead and see what 1985 might have in store for us. Undoubtedly one of the major items next year will be the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Douglas DC-3. The first flight of the Grand Old Lady of the airline industry took place on December 17, 1935, 32 years to the day after the Wright Brothers first flight and 49 years ago next month. There will be many events celebrating the DC-3 all next year. McDonnell Douglas has been planning some elaborate events of its own as it has this year with the famous DC-2 progenitor of the DC-3 (see Odds & Ends this issue). We know it is a little early, but next year DC-3 salutations will have a crowded schedule, so we are paying our respects a little early.

You cannot really say enough about the DC-3. No single transport has had more of an impact on the airline industry, served longer and been held in higher esteem by airline people and customers alike than the DC-3. …

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