1939 Douglas DC-3 Airplane

Summary

The DC-3 is an aviation landmark, significant technologically and successful commercially. But it is also a design landmark, whose appearance inspired designers in fields as diverse as architecture and automobiles. Walter Dorwin Teague -- comparing its contours to the elemental forms of fish, birds, and falling drops of water -- concluded that there was no more exciting form in modern design.

The DC-3 is an aviation landmark, significant technologically and successful commercially. But it is also a design landmark, whose appearance inspired designers in fields as diverse as architecture and automobiles. Walter Dorwin Teague -- comparing its contours to the elemental forms of fish, birds, and falling drops of water -- concluded that there was no more exciting form in modern design.

Artifact

Airplane

Date Made

1939

Heroes Of The Sky
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Heroes of the Sky

Object ID

74.140.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of North Central Airlines.

Material

Aluminum (Metal)
Metal

Color

Blue
Silver (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 23.6 ft

Width: 95 ft

Length: 64.5 ft

Area: 6127.5 sq ft

Inscriptions

Logo repeated several times on fuselage: DOUGLAS DC-3 / NORTHWEST AIRLINES INC. / U.S. AIRMAIL Across fuselage: NORTHWEST Vertical fin: NC / 21728 Underside of proper left wing: NC21728

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