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Considered one of the world's truly outstanding airplanes, the DC-3 was the outgrowth of the DST sleeper built at the request of American Airlines in 1935. The plane revolutionized the airline industry and in its military configuration, the C-47 "Skytrain," it was called by General Dwight Eisenhower "one of the four most important weapons of World War II." More than 13,000 civilian and military versions were built from 1935 to 1947.
This example served with American Airlines, Purdue University, Basler Flight Services and finally Taino Airways. It also spent more than two years in the Army as a C-49 Skytrain (the C-49 was the Wright-engined variant) and has amassed over 53,400 hrs. of flight time.
The DC-3 is perhaps the most famous airplane in commercial aviation as it was the first airplane to make money for its operators. It was big enough to carry enough passengers (21) to make flights profitable. Due to its versatility, rugged reliability and economy, several hundred are still in service even today, nearly 70 years after it first flew. There is a common saying that "The only replacement for a DC-3 is another DC-3."
This aircraft is currently undergoing a restoration. It is being disassembled so that it can be moved into the restoration hangar. The photo is as of March 26, 2013.