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Flying In A 77 Year Old Douglas DC-3 Aircraft!!

 
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 28, 2017 3:25 am    Post subject: Flying In A 77 Year Old Douglas DC-3 Aircraft!! Reply with quote

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Flying In A 77 Year Old Douglas DC-3 Aircraft!!

How many of us travel by a Boeing 737 or an Airbus A320 on a weekly or even a daily basis? But just as the history of most cars can be traced back to a select few models like the Austin 7 or the Ford Model T, the history of almost all modern airliners can be traced back to one legendary airplane, the Douglas DC-3. The DC-3 is near folklore for aviation geeks and enthusiasts and seeing one in mint condition today is the stuff of museums and airshows. But, seeing an early model in mint condition with the capacity of trying to circumnavigate the globe is an even rarer occurrence! And that is exactly what a certain original 1940 DC-3 is attempting in collaboration with legendary watchmakers, Breitling.

So let's start with a bit of history about this particular aircraft. The Breitling DC-3 as it is fondly called is 77 years old and if...no, when.... it manages to circumnavigate the globe, will be the oldest aircraft in the world to do so. Originally made in 1940, the DC-3 is one of the first 250 or so original batch airplanes that were made for civilian use, unlike the later ones that were made in their thousands for military use in World War Two. After being used for the Allied forces war efforts to transport troops from Canada to mainland Europe and even used once to hunt a German U-boat in the North Atlantic, this particular DC-3 went into active commercial service, first with Trans Texas Airways followed by Provincetown-Boston Airlines and finally Eastern Express until it was officially retired in 1987. The plane was then bought by a wealthy American regional airline owner and DC-3 enthusiast who restored it in the mid-90s until the current owners (with the assistance of Breitling) bought the aircraft about a decade ago and took it through a thorough restoration.


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