The Douglas DC-3 was once considered by many the greatest airplane of all time. However, although the DC-3 has a flight range of over 1,400 miles, once an aircraft becomes an artifact in our collection, moving it even a few short miles involves a range of complexities. Learn more about the complexities of its recent move!artif
Every Wednesday at noon in the National Mall Building, a Museum staff member talks to the public about the history, collection, or personalities related to a specific artifact or exhibition in the Museum.
After Charles Lindbergh departed on his historic flight in 1927, the Smithsonian Institution expressed interest in acquiring the plane. Lindbergh was enthusiastic about the idea and he and his backers gave us the airplane. One of his terms required the door to be left open to allow visitors to look inside.