Happy Birthday, DC-3

I'm not quire sure how it happened, but celebrating the birthdays of inanimate objects has become a veritable tradition here at Nunc Scio. Maybe it's because I think humanity's gizmos are invariably more interesting than the people who make them. Or perhaps this is some holdover of my youthful fear that if I wasn't nice to my stuffed animals, they would come to life and smother me while I was sleeping. But I've said too much. Moving along...

Today markes the 72nd anniversary of the Douglas DC-3's first flight. The 'Dakota' or 'Gooney Bird' is easily one of the most legendary aircract ever produced. It revolutionized commercial aviation, was a workhorse in WWII (as the C-47), and continues to fly around the world to this day. Over 10,000 were built, and pilots love them for their easy handling and fly-through-anything ruggedness.

So, whether you're flying from through some arctic wilderness or dropping paratroops into Nazi-occupied Europe, when it absolutely, positively has to get there, it's nice that you can still choose DC-3 after 72 years.

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The DC-3. It keeps going and going and going...