North Central Airlines 1939 Douglas DC-3 circa 1975

Summary

By the time it was retired to Henry Ford Museum in 1975, North Central Airlines DC-3 number N21728 had logged nearly 85,000 flight hours, setting a record for a commercial aircraft. The plane, built in 1939, carried passengers for Eastern Airlines until North Central bought it in 1952. At its retirement, the DC-3 was being used for VIP transportation.

By the time it was retired to Henry Ford Museum in 1975, North Central Airlines DC-3 number N21728 had logged nearly 85,000 flight hours, setting a record for a commercial aircraft. The plane, built in 1939, carried passengers for Eastern Airlines until North Central bought it in 1952. At its retirement, the DC-3 was being used for VIP transportation.

Artifact

Photographic print

Subject Date

1975

Collection Title

Edison Institute Records 

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

EI.235.7

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Gelatin silver process

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 8.125 in

Width: 10 in

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