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Douglas DC-3 "Flagship Orange County"
The DC-3 airliner was not only comfortable and reliable; it also made air transportation profitable. American Airlines′ C.R. Smith said the DC-3 was the first airplane that could make money just by hauling passengers, without relying on government subsidies for transporting U.S. Mail. As a result, by 1939, more than 90 percent of the nation′s airline passengers were flying on DC-2s and DC-3s.
"Flagship Orange County," Lyon Air Museum′s own DC-3 in American Airlines livery, started life as a C-47A built during World War II. Prior to its conversion to airliner configuration, it flew with the USAAF′s famed 440th Troop Carrier Group. And just before midnight on June 5, 1944, this aircraft was positioned at Exeter Field in England, ready to fly across the Channel with hundreds of other Dakotas. Its assigned mission: Drop members of the 101st Airborne, the Screaming Eagles, over Drop Zone DELTA, to support the D-Day invasion in Normandy at 1:40 AM, on the morning of June 6, 1944.
Suffice to say, Mom wasn′t all too happy about my very first plane ride with my RAF Father in our Canadian Harvard T-6 Mk-II at the ripe old age of 13 months.
Nicknamed “Little John” by the pilots, as there was never another girl in site. Followed by a 35 year Eastern Seaboard Air Show circuit adventure accumulating 1,800 hours of
'back-seat driver' hours and invitations to fly in every WWII radial aircraft you can think of.
A spring day in 1980 came the call all of the girls had been waiting for: “Welcome aboard Provincetown Boston Airways (PBA), you have been selected to be our next Stewardess on our Douglas DC-3 and Martin 404 fleet”. Love at first flight and the rest is history. I flew almost 8,000 service hours from 1980-1988. Boston in summer, Miami in winter and all airports in between until the company closed its doors. I don′t recall ever having one holiday or birthday off. They say, “Do something you love and you′ll never work a day in your life.” I second that notion.
I continued my Flight Attendant career with American-Eagle from 1988-1990, based in DCA were we flew Shorts 330/360′s and ATR 42′s.
I moved form the East Coast to California and for the next 15 years, was a Credit and Collections executive until I retired in 2005.
Fast forward to 2015, the resurgence of the DC-3 and it popularity brought me back to aviation and my DC-3 business; SKYTRAIN SERVICES. As a CERTIFIED DC-3 Flight Attendant, I work in them regularly across the country providing; charter flight services, air show rides, static display history tours and aviation magazine photo shoots. SKYTRAIN SERVICES also provides; updated DC-3/C-47 (and all WWII aircraft) interior work such as; Cockpit seats re-upholstery, cabin window and galley curtains, vintage airline livery "seat toppers" and cabin upgrades to FAA - FAR 91 and 135.
“Living the Dream” as I continue to preserve and serve the legacy of one of the most beloved aircraft′s in history, The Douglas DC-3.
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