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This is the story of an aircraft like none other-a true legend, the icon of an industry and one of the most recognized aircraft in history. Today, over 75 years after her first flight, the DC-3 graces the skies of the 21st century. Crowds still gather to watch a DC-3 land, technicians revel in the sound of her rumbling radial engines, cargo haulers appreciate her ability to stretch to meet impossible demands, and pilots still dream of flying the greatest airplane ever built.The author introduces readers to those that helped make the DC-3 seem larger than life. The Douglas DC-3 has shaped virtually every life that it has touched. Those lives, and why this airplane mattered to them, come alive in this book: engineers, builders, pilots, stewardesses, baggage loaders, ramp crew, mechanics, soldiers, and passengers to illustrate each period of the airplane's history. Beginning with Donald Douglas, through the airplane's development and flight test, initial airline success, war service, regional airline use, life as a cargo hauler, and current expression as an airshow favorite- the voices tell the story of the airplane... like a flight through time in what might be considered the grandest of time machines.



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Date de parution 01 janvier 2015
Nombre de lectures 1
EAN13 9781560278832
Langue English
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Julie Boatman Filucci

Aviation Supplies & Academics, Inc. Newcastle, Washington

Together We Fly: Voices From the DC-3 by Julie Boatman Filucci
© 2011 Julie Boatman Filucci. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording or otherwise, without the prior written permission of the copyright holder. While the author has made every effort to ensure accuracy of the information in this book, the information herein is sold without warranty, either implied or expressed.
Published 2011 by Aviation Supplies & Academics, Inc.
Aviation Supplies & Academics, Inc. 7005 132nd Place SE | Newcastle, Washington 98059 Internet: | Email:
ASA-DC-3-EB epub ISBN 978-1-56027-883-2
Photo and illustration credits: (page numbers reference print edition) All photographs are used by permission and courtesy of the copyright owners. Unless otherwise indicated (as follows, and throughout the book) photographs are from the author’s collection—photo on p. xv, courtesy of Boeing Douglas Archives (note: all photos from Boeing Douglas Archives are copyright © Boeing); p.3, Bob Knill; p.4, Library of Congress; p.8, MIT Museum; pp.13–16, 20–21, 24–26, Boeing Douglas Archives; pp.31–32, C.R. Smith Museum; pp.34–35, Boeing Douglas Archives; p.35 (of Walt Braznell), C.R. Smith Museum; p.38, C.R. Smith Museum/American Airlines, Inc.; p.43, American Airlines, Inc.; p.44, Kelly Owen; pp.45, 48, Jeppesen; p.49, Boeing Douglas Archives; p. 51, Zoe Dell Nutter; p.52, C.R. Smith Museum/American Airlines; p.55, Douglas Aircraft via the Scott Thompson Collection; pp.56, 59, 63–67, 72, Boeing Douglas Archives; p.79, Greg Morehead; p.83, U.S.A.F. (from; p.93, C.R. Smith Museum; pp.93–97, 99, from the Dell Follett Johnson Collection; pp.111–112, Emily Howell Warner; p.113, Julie Clark; p.116, Jay Honeck; p.117, Dan Gryder; p.119, American Aviation Historical Society; pp.123–124, Tyson V. Rininger; p.131, Arnaldo Gonzalez; p.136, Michael P. Collins, AOPA; p.142, C.R. Smith Museum/American Airlines; pp.143, 147, Dan Gryder; p.153, Trevor Morson; p.155, Greg Morehead; pp.156, 158, Jessica Ambats.

To Robert Boatman, Hump Pilot, and to “Darla Dee,” for always taking care of us

“In aviation, as in any progressive industry, one has to enlarge, in a way soften, the cold facts of practicability.”
—Donald Wills Douglas

by Jack J. Pelton
A man, a vision, and a team created an airplane that changed the world in profound ways. Together We Fly: Voices From The DC-3 is a fitting tribute to capture the far-reaching impact that has made this plane so special for 75 years. But could this plane also be an anchor in a young man’s life? I can certainly say it was an anchor in mine. While growing up in Southern California, the DC-3 created a bond for me with my father. It also inspired me to pursue a career in the industry that Donald Douglas made so romantic.
My father, Jack, served in the Army Air Corps as a pilot. He flew many great planes during his time in the service. He soloed in a Ryan PT-22, getting his multi-engine rating in a Cessna T-50 “Bamboo Bomber” and eventually flying the C-47/DC-3 in the Air Transport Command. He had his heart set on flying a Douglas-built plane when he was still attending Bell High School in the suburbs of Los Angeles. His high school sweetheart, eventually his wife and my mother, said that was all he talked about.
In his civilian life he continued to fly. He owned a little Cessna 140A that kept alive his addiction to being in the sky. Family outings were to airshows and aviation events. While most kids had other interests, Dad helped his boys build model airplanes of all types. During those building sessions, he told us many stories about aviation history or specifically about the plane being built at the time. Each plane was unique but none had the place in my dad’s heart like the C-47/DC-3.
He would talk constantly about the DC-3’s performance. The ability pilots had to land it practically anywhere. The incredible payload it could hold. The structural integrity and clean lines of the Douglas design really captured him. He would say, “If it fit, it went.” With his wry Irish grin he would also tell the stories that made you laugh. “You know with a little rudder input you can create a rolling affect that made everyone in the back sick.” Even today, next to his reading chair is a model of the legendary DC-3.
By the early 1960s, the jet age had arrived with the DC-8 entering into service. On summer days I would occasionally go to work with my dad. His dental practice was next to the Long Beach Airport. Driving to work, he took Lakewood Boulevard that ran right through the center of the Douglas plant in Long Beach. I was always in awe at this enormous plant. DC-8s, DC-9s, and people everywhere. The Douglas globe at the entrance of the headquarters building and the spectacular neon sign on the DC-8 hangar: “Fly DC Jets.” The plant radiated an allure that attracted people on many levels. The coup de grace sealing my fate was a special Saturday morning adventure around 1964. We went as a family to LAX in our Sunday best. The occasion was a “flight to nowhere.” This was a chance to take a 30-minute flight in a United DC-8, which Douglas arranged in order to get people comfortable with jet travel. I was in grade school at the time. Having only flown for many hours in the Cessna 140A, this was a big-time thrill. Addictions come in many forms and this was to become mine. I really wanted to be a part of Douglas.
I got my chance while attending college in Long Beach. Douglas hired me, and over the next 21 years I learned what made Douglas products so special. Working in the engineering department with so many of the Douglas pioneers, I got to be a part of something very special. The Douglas team was truly a family. Not only because of the many generations of family members that worked there, but also how they worked so well together with one goal in mind. Tirelessly, they continued the legacy of Donald Douglas’ vision in founding the company: Airplanes that would be leaders in their class.
The lunchtime discussions were about continuing the pride of the superior designs Douglas produced. Wings that were aerodynamically the most optimum, no vortex generators or devices needed. Pure art with efficiency. Structure that was the most robust in the industry. If it was going to carry a Douglas employee it had to be the strongest. These were inherent values and part of the unique culture Donald Douglas created. They worked hard, played hard, and took care of each other.
The stories of the culture and products are timeless. How did it anchor me during my inquisitive youth? I think it is best told with a classic Donald Douglas story. One of my “cube mates” at Douglas was the son of an original Douglas Santa Monica executive. He told me about the endless hours the team spent in bringing the DC-3 from concept to reality. His dad had been working around the clock and seven days a week on the project. One evening a delivery came to their home, flowers for his mom with a note. The note was from Donald Douglas, deeply appreciative of her husband’s efforts and her sacrifice with him being away from home. This example of authentic leadership forever was etched in my mind. The man, the vision and his exemplary leadership was to set a standard for which the aviation community today can be truly grateful. I know I am.
—Jack J. Pelton Former Douglas Aircraft Company engineer CEO, Cessna Aircraft Company (retired)

Preface—Gathering the Voices
A little more than six years ago, I was handed the opportunity of a lifetime to fly the Douglas DC-3. From that opportunity came an article celebrating the 70th anniversary of the airplane for AOPA Pilot magazine. From that article came a response like no other to any article I’d written before. Pilots, mechanics, flight attendants, engineers, soldiers, passengers and spectators wanted to share their relationship with the airplane.
The airplane flies through her 75th year on the wings of those stories. But with the passing of time, the stories lose their voice unless they are put to paper. With this book I hope to preserve a few of those voices. To capture the stories, each chapter starts with a narrative, followed by the story behind the story, and additional details to move the timeline forward.
Interviews conducted during the research for my article, “Douglas DC-3: Together We Fly” [ AOPA Pilot , December 2005], were used to assist with the creation of this book, as were emails and letters and interviews and visits that followed its publication. My appreciation goes to AOPA Pilot magazine for the ability to draw freely from these sources.
—Julie Boatman Filucci April 2011

Members of the team that created the Douglas DC-1, DC-2, and DC-3 gathered in Santa Monica, California at the ramp of the Douglas Aircraft Company in 1958. From left to right, with their titles at the time of the DC-series, they are: Arthur Raymond (assistant chief engineer), J.L. (Lee) Arnold (design engineer), George Strompl (shop superintendent), Dr. W. Bailey Oswald (Cal Tech physicist and consultant), James H. (Dutch) Kindelberger (chief engineer), Donald W. Douglas (founder and president), Edward F. Burton (design engineer), Franklin R. Collbohm (flight engineer [DC-1], co-pilot [DC-3], and chief of flight research), and Jacob Moxness (test pilot).
(Courtesy of Boeing Douglas Archives) © Boeing

He was desperate to get closer to the rope, to the edge of the field, in front of the orderly rows of civilian spectators lined

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