Douglas DC-3

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    The Douglas DC-3 was one of the most successful airliners in history. The aircraft’s efficiency, speed, and safety popularized air travel. It was the first airliner able to profit only from carrying passengers. Highlight in this image are the propellers and engines of a Douglas DC-3 that flew more than 56,700 hours with Eastern Air Lines. Its last commercial flight was on October 12, 1952, when it flew from San Salvador to Miami.

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    Douglas DC-3

    The Douglas DC-3 was one of the most successful airliners in history. The aircraft’s efficiency, speed, and safety popularized air travel. It was the first airliner able to profit only from carrying passengers. Highlight in this image is the cockpit of a Douglas DC-3 that flew more than 56,700 hours with Eastern Air Lines. Its last commercial flight was on October 12, 1952, when it flew from San Salvador to Miami.

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    The Douglas DC-3 was one of the most successful airliners in history. The aircraft’s efficiency, speed, and safety popularized air travel. It was the first airliner able to profit only from carrying passengers. Highlight in this image is the fuselage of a Douglas DC-3 that flew more for Eastern Air Lines. Its last commercial flight was on October 12, 1952, when it flew from San Salvador to Miami.

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    The Douglas DC-3 was one of the most successful airliners in history. The aircraft’s efficiency, speed, and safety popularized air travel. It was the first airliner able to profit only from carrying passengers. Highlight in this image are the propeller and fuselage of a Douglas DC-3 that flew more for Eastern Air Lines. Its last commercial flight was on October 12, 1952, when it flew from San Salvador to Miami.

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    Douglas DC-3

    The Douglas DC-3 was one of the most successful airliners in history. The aircraft’s efficiency, speed, and safety popularized air travel. It was the first airliner able to profit only from carrying passengers. Highlight in this image is the vertical stabilizer of a Douglas DC-3 that flew more for Eastern Air Lines. Its last commercial flight was on October 12, 1952, when it flew from San Salvador to Miami.

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    Douglas DC-3

    The Douglas DC-3 was one of the most successful airliners in history. The aircraft’s efficiency, speed, and safety popularized air travel. It was the first airliner able to profit only from carrying passengers. Highlight in this image is the vertical stabilizer of a Douglas DC-3 that flew more for Eastern Air Lines. Its last commercial flight was on October 12, 1952, when it flew from San Salvador to Miami. Highlighted in this image is a tire of the Douglas DC-3.

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    The Douglas DC-3 was one of the most successful airliners in history. The aircraft’s efficiency, speed, and safety popularized air travel. It was the first airliner able to profit only from carrying passengers. Highlight in this image is the vertical stabilizer of a Douglas DC-3 that flew more for Eastern Air Lines. Its last commercial flight was on October 12, 1952, when it flew from San Salvador to Miami. Highlighted in this image is a tire of the Douglas DC-3.

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    The Douglas DC-3 was one of the most successful airliners in history. The aircraft’s efficiency, speed, and safety popularized air travel. It was the first airliner able to profit only from carrying passengers. Highlight in this image is the vertical stabilizer of a Douglas DC-3 that flew more for Eastern Air Lines. Its last commercial flight was on October 12, 1952, when it flew from San Salvador to Miami. Highlighted in this image is the landing gear of the Douglas DC-3.

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    The Douglas DC-3 was one of the most successful airliners in history. The aircraft's efficiency, speed, and safety popularized air travel. It was the first airliner able to profit only from carrying passengers. Highlight in this image is the vertical stabilizer of a Douglas DC-3 that flew more for Eastern Air Lines. Its last commercial flight was on October 12, 1952, when it flew from San Salvador to Miami. Highlighted in this image is the engine of the Douglas DC-3.

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    Douglas DC-3

    The Douglas DC-3 was one of the most successful airliners in history. The aircraft's efficiency, speed, and safety popularized air travel. It was the first airliner able to profit only from carrying passengers. Featured in this image is the airstair of a Douglas DC-3 that flew more than 56,700 hours with Eastern Air Lines.

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    Douglas DC-3

    The Douglas DC-3 was one of the most successful airliners in history. The aircraft's efficiency, speed, and safety popularized air travel. It was the first airliner able to profit only from carrying passengers. Highlighted in this image is a passenger window from a Douglas DC-3 that flew for Eastern Air Lines.

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    The Douglas DC-3 was one of the most successful airliners in history. The aircraft's efficiency, speed, and safety popularized air travel. It was the first airliner able to profit only from carrying passengers.

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    Douglas DC-3

    The Douglas DC-3 was one of the most successful airliners in history. The aircraft's efficiency, speed, and safety popularized air travel. It was the first airliner able to profit only from carrying passengers. Highlighted in this image is the nose of a Douglas DC-3.

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    The Douglas DC-3 was one of the most successful airliners in history. The aircraft's efficiency, speed, and safety popularized air travel. It was the first airliner able to profit only from carrying passengers. Highlighted in this image is the nose of a Douglas DC-3.

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    The Douglas DC-3 was one of the most successful airliners in history. The aircraft's efficiency, speed, and safety popularized air travel. It was the first airliner able to profit only from carrying passengers. Highlighted in this image is an exhaust valve.

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    Douglas DC-3

    Twin-engined monoplane in Eastern Airlines livery.

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    The Douglas DC-3 was one of the most successful airliners in history. The aircraft’s efficiency, speed, and safety popularized air travel. It was the first airliner able to profit only from carrying passengers. Highlight in this image is a Douglas DC-3 that flew more than 56,700 hours with Eastern Air Lines. Its last commercial flight was on October 12, 1952, when it flew from San Salvador to Miami.

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    Douglas DC-3 on Display

    Douglas DC-3 on display in former Air Transportation exhibition c.2005.

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    DC-3 on Display

    Douglas DC-3 on display in former Air Transportation exhibition c.2005.

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    Douglas DC-3 Airstair

     

    The Douglas DC-3 was one of the most successful airliners in history. The aircraft?s efficiency, speed, and safety popularized air travel. It was the first airliner able to profit only from carrying passengers. Highlight in this image is the airstair of a Douglas DC-3 that flew more for Eastern Air Lines.

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    Douglas DC-3 Window

     

    The Douglas DC-3 was one of the most successful airliners in history. The aircraft?s efficiency, speed, and safety popularized air travel. It was the first airliner able to profit only from carrying passengers. Highlight in this image is a passenger window of a Douglas DC-3 that flew more for Eastern Air Lines

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    Douglas DC-3 Cockpit and Fuselage

     

    The Douglas DC-3 was one of the most successful airliners in history. The aircraft’s efficiency, speed, and safety popularized air travel. It was the first airliner able to profit only from carrying passengers. Highlight in this image are the cockpit and fuselage of a Douglas DC-3.

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    Douglas DC-3 Nose

     

    The Douglas DC-3 was one of the most successful airliners in history. The aircraft’s efficiency, speed, and safety popularized air travel. It was the first airliner able to profit only from carrying passengers. Highlight in this image is the nose of a Douglas DC-3.

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    Douglas DC-3 Nose

     

    The Douglas DC-3 was one of the most successful airliners in history. The aircraft’s efficiency, speed, and safety popularized air travel. It was the first airliner able to profit only from carrying passengers. Highlight in this image is the nose of a Douglas DC-3.

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    Douglas DC-3

     

    The Douglas DC-3 was one of the most successful airliners in history. The aircraft’s efficiency, speed, and safety popularized air travel. It was the first airliner able to profit only from carrying passengers.

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    Douglas DC-3 in America by Air

    The most successful airliner in history, the Douglas DC-3 dominated both commercial and military air transportation from its introduction in 1935 until after World War II. It was the first airplane that could make money by carrying only passengers. This one flew nearly 57,000 hours for Eastern Air Lines from 1937 to 1952.
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Douglas DC-3

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 13,000 DC-3s, both civil and military versions, U.S. and foreign built, were produced. Many are still flying.

An enlarged variant of the popular 14-seat DC-2, the 21-seat DC-3 was comfortable by the standards of its time and very safe, because of its strong, multiple-spar wing and all-metal construction. The airlines liked it because it was reliable, inexpensive to operate, and therefore profitable. Pilots liked its stability, ease of handling, and excellent single-engine performance.

The airplane on display above flew more than 56,700 hours with Eastern Air Lines. Its last commercial flight was on October 12, 1952, when it flew from San Salvador to Miami. It was subsequently presented to the Museum by Eastern’s president, Edward V. Rickenbacker.

Gift of Eastern Air Lines

Wingspan: 29 m (95 ft)

Length: 19.7 m (64 ft 6 in)

Height: 5 m (16 ft 11 in)

Weight, gross: 11,430 kg (25,200 lb)

Weight, empty: 7,650 kg (16,865)

Top speed: 370 km/h (230 mph)

Engine: 2 Wright SGR 1820-71, 1,200 hp

Manufacturer: Douglas Aircraft Co., Santa Monica, Calif., 1936