Douglas DC-3 “Dakota”

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Douglas DC-3 “Dakota” 2018-05-03T16:30:34+00:00

Project Description

Belonging to the American actor Clark Gable

In 1934. American Airli-nes asked Douglas to de-velop a night-flying air-craft for transcontinental passenger services. The result was the Douglas Sleeper Transport, which could carry 28 passengers on day-time flights or 14 on night flights. After 40 of these converti-ble aircraft had left the Douglas factory, work started on the much longer production run of the specialized DC-3 version. By the outbreak of World War II, 539 of these had been built (DC-3, DC-3A e DC-3B), followed by a further 10,047, pre-valently in military versions (plus about 2500 more under li-cense) with the names DC-3, C-47 Skytrain and Dakota, se-veral of which are still flying today. The plane on display at the Aviation Museum belonged to American actor Clark Ga-ble from 1956 to 1963 (N242AG), purchased from the US Navy. The flight logs in our possession show that many cele-brities have flown in this aircraft, including John F. Kennedy and his brother Bob, Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra and Ro-nald Reagan when he was still a young actor. The plane ma-de its last flight in 1986, from the USA to Venice, Italy.