First flown in 1935, the Douglas DC-3 became the most successful airliner in the formative years of air transportation, and was the first to fly profitably without government subsidy. More than 18,000 DC-3s, both civil and military versions, U.S. and foreign built, were produced. Many are still flying. This airplane flew more than 56,700 hours with Eastern Air Lines.
Gift of Eastern Air Lines
Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum
Stewardess with a Wrench
Passenger, December, 1957
What in the world is she doing, I wondered, as this gorgeous young flight stewardess walked, half-ran, downhill to the back of the DC-3 with a crescent wrench in her hand that was covered in grease, while we taxied out for takeoff. I guess I will never know, but it didn't stop this 16-year-old from becoming a professional pilot for 43 years. I can still remember what she looked like!