1939 Douglas DC-3 Airplane

Summary

The Douglas DC-3, introduced in 1936, carried 21 passengers -- enough to fly profitably without relying on subsidies from air mail contracts. While the DC-3's economy appealed to airlines, its rugged construction and comfortable cabin attracted passengers. More than any other aircraft, the DC-3 ushered in the era of dependable, long-distance air travel in the United States.

The Douglas DC-3, introduced in 1936, carried 21 passengers -- enough to fly profitably without relying on subsidies from air mail contracts. While the DC-3's economy appealed to airlines, its rugged construction and comfortable cabin attracted passengers. More than any other aircraft, the DC-3 ushered in the era of dependable, long-distance air travel in the United States.

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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