Air Transport World

Arthur Raymond.

Arthur Raymond, the man who led the team that developed the DC-3, died on March 22, two days before he would have celebrated his 100th birthday. According to Airliners Between the Wars, 1919-1939, the prototype aircraft, X14988, was first flown on Dec. 17, 1935. By 1939, DC-3s were carrying 90% of world airline traffic. Nearly 11,000 were built during the period 1936-1945 and at least several hundred still are plying the skyways, some in airline service.

The timelessness of the design is reflected in the fact that no one born since the DC-3 entered service on American Airlines' New York-Chicago route in June 1936 has experienced a breathing minute when a DC-3 or military variant has not been in service somewhere around the globe. …

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