While it will not be flying aerobatics, this amazing aircraft from the Historic Flight Foundation will be in the air, and is a Must See! Experience the flight of a lifetime! For a donation of $295 to the Vanderhoof Flying Club, you can take to the skies in this iconic aircraft. Contact us for more information.
The Douglas DC-3 is perhaps the most recognizable propeller-driven airliner in history. Over 16,000 were built and more than 400 remain in commercial service today. In over 75 years of flight the DC-3 has carried more passengers, flown more miles, and broken more records than any other airplane in history. Fully restored, Historic Flight Foundations’s DC-3 features a combination of executive-style VIP interior with classic Pan American Airways’ livery, reflecting its varied past.
This DC-3 was built in Long Beach, CA, by Douglas Aircraft Company for delivery to CNAC (China National Aviation Corporation) in August of 1944. It served in the China-Burma-India Theater of WWII, flying critical supplies and personnel across the Himalayas, a route commonly referred to as the “Hump.”
After the war it flew in China as a regional airliner until the Chinese civil war in 1949. Resolution of a complicated legal battle between the Nationalist and Communist governments allowed its return to the United States in 1953 for conversion to a “Super” DC-3. It was purchased by the Johnson & Johnson Company and served as their Chairman’s airplane until 1959. Thus began a series of private ownerships spanning more than 50 years. Following restoration and flight-testing it was relocated to Historic Flight at Paine Field.