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Early Commercial Planes

Avro 504KThe aviation industry truly took off after the First World War.

Aviators, many of whom were fighter pilots returned from the war, worked to establish civilian aviation companies, and purchased readily available surplus military aircraft like the Curtiss Canuck JN-4.These small aeronautic enterprises offered services from summer barnstorming to carrying freight, passengers and mail.

As the aviation industry developed, so did the demand for bigger, faster, aircraft with longer ranges and closed cabins to protect the pilot, passengers and freight from the harsh elements. The arrival of the Douglas DC-3 in 1935 was the culmination of the pressures of commercial expansion felt over these two decades.

 

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