In the fast paced world we live it today; it is refreshing to pay tribute to an airplane the term obsolete and not reusable may never apply: the legendary Douglas DC-3 /C-47 still linger on.
Although it has been over 80 years it has first flown, as many as a 900 examples still survive as wrecks/relics in museums and some even keep hauling passengers and cargo. This page pays tribute to the different Dakota's, DC-3s and C-47s from around the world, restored show-birds, nostalgic airliners, VIP transports, tired cargo haulers and decaying hulks from the past and present. According to the latest Air Britain worldwide DC-3 survey as off October 2010, there are 164 derelict airframes, 219 stored examples, 336 preserved airframes and 281 active airframes, totalling 991 DC-3s and 9 DC-2s.
Douglas logo's and production factory logo's by Arthur Pearcy 'Douglas DC-3 Survivors' Motorbooks International – Aston Publication Volume 1-2 (1987 and 1988) and Sixty Glorious Years 1995 Airlife Publishing Ltd. Aircraft reference and data: DC-3 history and aircraft date from2006 Air Britain, The Douglas DC-1/DC-2/DC-3 'The First 70 Years' and the 2011 75 Years Celebration Edition + 1996 The Legacy of the DC-3 by Henry Holden.
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Early this year (2015) I had the opportunity to work with Francisco Agullo, helping him out with a new DC-3 book project called 'DC-3 Backstage'. Francisco is involved with the Breitling Super Constellation association flying the Super Connie and the Douglas DC-3. Besides being the author, Mr Francisco Agullo also flies corporate and VIP jets.
This book is produced and published by the Swiss publishing company: AS Verlag and they are Zurich based. This book follows an aviation series theme, which also includes the Swiss Lockheed Constellation, PC-7 and Zurich Airport. It was published late August/September and the general theme of this book centers around the immaculate Breitling DC-3 HB-IRJ and the fact that the DC-3 will celebrate its 80th anniversary on the 17th December later this year.
To officially promote the book the publisher AS Verlag created an official book release event at Dole-Jura airport in France (28thSept). Dole airport is the home of the Breitling DC-3. Francisco Agullo has set up his company 'Aero Passion', which includes a large hanger that can include two DC-3s. During the winter period 'Aero Passion' provides parking and maintenance/training facilities for the Breitling DC-3 and a private Swiss DC-3. The future plan is to create an aviation museum at this location.
On the 28th September I arrived at Dole to cover the book release event and meet the owners of AS Verlag mr Urs Bolz and Matthias Weber. After the ceremony, speeches, a champagne toast plus some excellent finger foods, there where 3 flights planned. I was offered a seat onboard the 1st flight with Captain Francisco Agullo and Captain Gabriel Eveque (who is president-Chief pilot of the France DC-3).
More information about the book can be found here: http://www.as-verlag.ch/verkehrsgeschichte/aviatik/buch/douglas_dc_3_backstage.html
For a book preview check out this link: http://issuu.com/as-verlag/docs/2015_he_dc-3-teaser#embed