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A Plane of Marvel: The Douglas DC-3

Do you have an interest in planes, particularly those of historical value? If so, then chances are, you have heard of the Douglas Dc-3 plane. The Douglas dc-3 is defined as a fixed wing, propeller driven airliner. Meaning that it is an aircraft used for transporting passengers and cargo. One of the oldest airlines, the Douglas dc-3 is still in use today. Until today, the Douglas dc-3 still remains as one of the most significant transport aircrafts ever made.

Along with its counterparts the Boeing 247 and Curtis T-32, the Douglas dc-3 revolutionized air transport in the 1930’s and 1940’s. But unlike these other counterparts, the Douglas dc-3 completely overshadowed all of its competitors. The Douglas dc-3 is an all metal airliner that is considered one of the more sleek models of airliners. And more than 80 years after its initial flight, the Douglas dc-3 is still in service after it was introduced while it’s counterparts were long gone. As not most people know, there are still an estimated few hundred Douglas dc-3’s flying today.

The Douglas dc-3 was a more improved version of its predecessor the Douglas dc-2. The Douglas dc-3 is a fast aircraft, and with a good range at that, as well as being able to operate despite short runways. The Douglas dc-3 also provided great comfort for its passengers, and also was pretty easy to maintain. Another fact is that the Douglas dc-3 paved way for a lot of air travel routes. The Douglas dc-3 also enabled both transcontinental and worldwide flights by crossing the united states. Carrying passengers via plane alone and making money through it was previously unheard of, until the Douglas dc-3 did it.

The Douglas dc-3 has also made its waves in popular culture. The fictional character James Bond once piloted a Douglas dc-3 airliner in one of its movie franchises. And also, Indiana Jones, a fictional character/ explorer hopped on one, in one of his movies. The Douglas dc-3 even stars in a reality TV show today.

Despite having its first flight way back in December 17, 1935, the Douglas dc-3 still finds daily use in a wide variety of specialized roles. Third world military forces still utilize the Douglas dc-3 and is also commercially useful for passenger and cargo transportation, particularly in back country and bush areas. Even in rough fields, the Douglas Dc-3 is able to perform, at a relatively inexpensive cost. The Douglas dc-3 plane also requires little maintenance despite these features.