Tuesday, November 29, 2011

DC 3

Design of the DC 3 by Dougals Aircraft Corporation in Santa Monica began in 1934 at the behest of American Airlines which wanted two new aircraft. One to carry more day passengers and one with sleeping berths, for overnight travel. The DC 3 was believed by many to be one of the best airlines of all times. The DC 3 made air travel possible for people before and after World War II and profitable for commercial airlines. Over 10,000 DC 3's were built as transport aircraft during the war. More information about this remarkable aircraft is available in The plane that changed the world: A biography of the DC-3 by Dougals J. Ingells, published in 1966, available at the Santa Monica Public Library.