QB-36
Douglas DC-3


Clay Lacy owns and operates this 1945 DC-3, "Mainliner O'Connor" (N814CL). The origins of the DC-3 go back to the DC-1, which was built as a prototype that first flew in 1933. United Airlines became the first commercial user of the DC-3 in November of 1936. By 1939, 90% of worldwide commercial airline traffic was carried out by DC-3s! During WWII, DC-3s were pressed into service as the C-47 Skytrain mainly. There were other variants and designations, but the C-47 is the most commonly known. In British service, it was called the Dakota. The Japanese acquired license to build these also before WWII and designated them the Showa L2D. Russia also built them under license as the Lisunov Li-2. DC-3s are still used in many parts of the world to haul cargo. It is a solid testimony to the solid design of the DC-3.














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