The Douglas Aircraft Company rolled out, and flew the Legendary dc-3!

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December 17, 1935

The Douglas Aircraft Company rolled out,
and flew the Legendary DC-3!

The DC-3 in this single event, has rippled through the Aviation World for over 60 years.
Competing designers have proclaimed the demise of this valiant workhorse,
with each new aluminum show plane, but to no avail.

The DC-3/C-47/R4D/Dakota and its many other variants, has touched the lives of people

from every country in the World, and from Pole to Pole. The DC-3 was designed to
do the work of the world then -- and the DC-3 is still at it!

A new group of DC-3 fans are now retracing the path of history, and the

DC-3/C-47/R4D/Dakota is there to greet them, and share a "Spirit of Aviation"
that has crossed both generational and financial barriers to capture the heart of
those that love aviation as a way of life, and not simply a occupation!

These web pages, which are the labor of love, are dedicated to the DC-3/C-47/R4D/Dakota,

and all those who admire this venerable craft.


Once or twice in each generation a new idea is born which shows its value by contributing to the world's progress. Such was the Douglas DC-3 when it first took to the sky on December 17, 1935, the 32nd anniversary of the Wright Brothers' first powered flight. It was TWA's inability to to obtain the ultramodern Boeing 247 that led to the development of the DC-1 and DC-2. American Airlines wanted a larger aircraft than the DC-2 to provide transcontinental sleeper service. In the autumn of 1934, Douglas agreed to build the DST (Douglas Sleeper Transport). With a longer wing span, lengthened fuselage, and wider cabin than  its predecessors, the DC-3/DST could seat 28 or provide 14 sleeping berths. The design was a huge success with Douglas delivering 430 of the aircraft prior to World War II. The DC-3's reputation grew during the war, making such an important contribution that General Eisenhower considered them to be one of the four most significant weapons of World War II. Designated the C-47 (but affectionately known by several other colorful names), the aircraft served heroically in all theaters of operations.When production ended in 1947, a total of 10,654 aircraft were built in both civil and military variants. After the war, the DC-3 formed the backbone of the world's airline fleets, carried supplies during the Berlin airlift, flew troops and equipment in the Korean conflict, and fought as gunships in Vietnam.Era Classic Airlines' DC-3's have been brought back to the luxurious airline standards of the fabulous forties.

The DC-3 has two Pratt & Whitney 1350-HP, 14 cylinder, R-1830-94, Twin Wasp engines,
with Hamilton Standard hydromatic full-featuring three-bladed propellers.





804 Gallons

VHF Nav/Com

Gross Weight:

26,900 lbs.



28 passengers, 2 pilots, 1 hostess

ADF Nav Receiver



Radar Altimeter

Cargo Area:

Aft baggage-Full cabin capacity

Weather Radar







Douglas DC.3 Dakota

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Douglas DC-3

  • TYPE: Short range airliner and utility transport.

  • ENGINES: 2x Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92 Twin Wasp radial piston engines, each of 1200 hp.

  • COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United States



    • SPAN: 95 ft 0 in / 28.95 m.

    • LENGTH: 64 ft 6 in / 19.66 m.

    • HEIGHT: 16 ft 11 in / 5.15 m.


    • MAX. SPEED: 199 kts / 368 kph

    • RANGE CRUISE: 151 kts / 280 kph

    • SERVICE CEILING: 24,000 ft / 7,315 m.

    • NORMAL RANGE; 1,303 n.m. / 2,414 km.

  • ACCOMMODATION: Flight crew of two.
    28 troops, 18 casualty stretchers, or 7,500 lb. / 3,400 kg freight.


    • EMPTY WEIGHT: 18,190 lb / 8,250 kg

    • MAX. LOADED: 29,300 lb / 13,290 kg

  • CAPACITY: Flight crew of 2, seating for 28-32 passengers at four abreast, or 21 at three abreast.

The Douglas DC-3 first flew on 17th December, 1935, and began commercial service on 25th June, 1936. It is still operating (1500 were still flying in the 1960s, and about 400 in the 1990s). Production peaked in 1944, when 4,878 were completed.
The first Australian DC-3, registration VH-UZJ, was delivered to Airlines of Australia, at Essendon, Victoria, in September 1937. Sister ship VH-UZK arrived a few weeks later. In November, VH-UZJ visited all the Australian capital cities. Two more DC-3s joined the fleet late in 1938.
With World War 2, civilian aircraft were pressed into RAAF service , the DC-3s going to 8 Squadron in September 1939. After the War, ex-military C-47s, (collectively spoken of as DC-3s) joined conversion lines and flew alongside the DC-3.
By 1957, Ansett had absorbed a number of other airline companies under the umbrella of Ansett-ANA, increasing its DC-3 fleet. With the arrival of the Fokker Friendship, their DC-3s began entering retirement.
Of these, a veteran was VH-ABR 'Kanana", which joined ANA in 1938, and retired on 4th October 1971 from Airlines of South Australia having flown over 67,000 hours.
Trans Australia Airlines (TAA) was another major operator, using over thirty DC-3s from June 1946, when they took delivery of VH-AES 'Hawdon'.
By the mid-1950s the TAA fleet of DC-3s was down to 18 aircraft, operating beside DC-4s and Convair 240s. TAA disposed of its DC-3s by 1974, the last to go being VH-DAS, to East-West Airlines.
Qantas aquired 17 DC-3s between 1945 and 1948, serving internal routes, as well as New Guinea and a charter service to Manila for the RAAF. When it withdrew its New Guinea service, that part of the fleet went to TAA. Qantas disposed of its last DC-3s in 1971 to Queensland Pacific Trading Company.
In 1995 there were still 16 DC-3s on the Australian Civil Register. Some provide 'nostalgia' flights. The oldest still flying is VH-ABR. The largest modern user is Dakota National Air with its fleet of three - VH-DNA, VH-SBL and VH-UPQ. With others undergoing restoration, the numbers may change.

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