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In 1935, when American Airlines asked for a plane that would carry more passengers than the DC-2, Douglas developed the DC-3. The planes were faster than Boeing’s 247D, carried more passengers and operated more efficiently. The DC-3 was the first plane capable of making a profit solely on the sale of passenger tickets. A military version, the C-47 or “Gooney Bird” saw extensive use in World War II.

The National Air and Space Museum has called the DC-3 “the single most important aircraft in the history of air transportation.”


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