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First Passenger Plane

DC3 used by a civilian companyWhen the Douglas DC-3 was developed in 1935 and brought into service in 1936, it was the only aircraft large enough to make passenger service profitable. The DC-3 had a seating capacity of 21 passengers when it was first developed. This resulted in an increase in the number of people booking air passage, bringing a new appetite to the general population for flying.

The DC-3 was large for 1936, with a wingspan of 29.1 metres, and powered with two 1,200-horse power Pratt & Whitney R-1830 Double Wasp engines.

A Douglas DC-3 aircraft KG 545/12927 CF-ROD. Trans Canada Air Lines first used the DC-3 in 1945.

Although many new, larger and faster airliners were developed, the DC-3 has had a very long life of service, spanning 50 years. Many remained in used throughout the 1970s and 1980s, and many still exist in flying condition today.

 

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