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DOUGLAS DC3

Some things mankind just gets right on the first attempt. Here's aviation's finest example of instant perfection, probably the most significant transport aircraft ever made. The DC3 formed the basis of a business which today we know as the 'airline industry'.

 

First flown in 1936 the DC3 is more than merely 'still flying'. For the last 82 years and right now DC3's are in commercial service every day, all over the world. They mostly started in military service, giving the allies a distinct advantage in WWII. They fly so well that DC3's without engines were made and formed troop-carrying gliders.  They're particularly good in fact when you want to move people or things where conditions are less than perfect (or downright impossible). These aircraft can operate from runways made from gravel, snow, grass and in some instances, water. Occasionally, as at Old Buckenham, they'll do tarmac as well. The plan is that this 9 tonne airliner will land; the largest aircraft to do so here since WWII. It'll display in the air both days and there will even be an opportunity for a lucky few to have a look inside. Everyone can see it close up; we're creating a special (and rather large) parking area for the weekend. We won't need to erect any signs to show you the way; it's hard to miss an extremely good looking airliner, even in a crowd.

 

In short, you'll have a very rare opportunity to see an undisputed masterpiece doing things that pretty much NO other aircraft can do, despite the opposition having nine decades to try and beat it. By the end of the weekend you'll therefore understand one of aviation's oldest sayings: "the only replacement for a DC3 is another DC3".