Air Transport World

DC-2 to fly soon.

The expectant crowd was gathered around the Long Beach, Calif., hangar. The marching band struck up a rousing tune, the hangar doors parted and the gleaming aluminum airliner with a deep red stripe was rolled into the sunlight, surrounded by fluttering flags. It was a DC-2, come home exactly 50 years and one day after the first DC-2 flight in 1934.

The aircraft was restored by the volunteer Douglas Historical Foundation after being acquired in 1975, one of only seven DC-2s known to remain in existence of the 156 built. The slab-sided ancestor of the DC-3 was pain-stakingly reconstructed to the tune of $150,000 through the contributions of numerous companies and individuals until it was immaculate, inside and out. …

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