On Cyber-Monday (yesterday) when high-tech shopping ruled, there were thousands of people riding on the classic airplane of all classic airplanes. The DC-3 was first flown in 1937 and it is still being utilized by both cargo and passenger carrying airlines (primarily in the Caribbean and Latin America). The DC-3 is a C-47 if you are in the military and if you enjoy sarcastic monikers you will call it a “Gooney Bird” or a ” Douglas Racer.”
I was lucky enough to squeeze in a few months of flying this marvelous aircraft back in the early ’70s and it was a fun transition from the Mach 2 Phantom and the fighter-jet-like Learjet. If you ever have the opportunity for a ride in the DC-3 I suggest you capitalize on the opportunity. It is, perhaps , the safest airplane ever flown.