Plaque Commemorating the Record Number of Hours Flown by the Douglas DC-3

Summary

The Douglas DC-3 is one of history's most significant aircraft, with important achievements in civil and military applications. DC-3 N21728, operated by Eastern Airlines and North Central Airlines from 1939 to 1975, is a special example. The airplane logged 84,875 flight hours before being retired to The Henry Ford. It was a record for a commercial aircraft at that time.

The Douglas DC-3 is one of history's most significant aircraft, with important achievements in civil and military applications. DC-3 N21728, operated by Eastern Airlines and North Central Airlines from 1939 to 1975, is a special example. The airplane logged 84,875 flight hours before being retired to The Henry Ford. It was a record for a commercial aircraft at that time.

Artifact

Plaque (Flat object)

Date Made

1966

Subject Date

10 March 1966

Creators

Unknown

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

74.140.3

Credit

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

Material

Brass (Alloy)
Wood (Plant material)

Dimensions

Height: 8.75 in

Width: 11.75 in

Length: 1 in

Inscriptions

Douglas / North Central Airlines / This aircraft has flown more hours than any other plane in the history of aviation. / It is symbolic of all the DC-3's and the role they have played in the development of air transportation. (signed) Donald W. Douglas / Chairman of the Board / Douglas Aircraft Company

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