Flagship Detroit DC-3

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The Flagship Detroit made a special visit to San Jose CA yesterday. The Flagship Detroit Foundation which owns the vintage DC-3 makes stops in many stations that American Airlines operates out of as a show of appreciation to the many AA employees system wide who helped contribute to preserve the aircraft.

Manufactured in Santa Monica, CA (year 1937) the Douglas DC-3 G120 is powered by twin Wright Cyclone engines with Hamilton Standard propellers. The engines are rated at 1350hp Model No. 1820-56. The DC-3 has 4 tanks which holds 201 gallons each with a flight range of 1,215 nautical miles. The cabin holds 21 passengers, 2 pilots, and 1 flight attendant, wait I meant “stewardess”…1937 right?

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The Flagship Detroit (NC-17334) was the 34th DC-3 out of 82 that American Airlines owned between 1936 to 1947. After 11 years of service the aircraft changes owners a few time, and at one point was used as an agricultural sprayer (crop-duster). The DC-3 was bought by The Flagship Detroit Foundation in 2004 and to this date is still undergoing overhauls, modifications and inspections to return it to it’s original delivered condition.

About $130-$140 got you a seat on the Flagship Detroit yesterday for a 1hr joy-ride in this vintage beauty. She took off from SJC and made her way around the South Bay yesterday. She also went as far south as Santa Cruz before swinging out over the Pacific and back along Hwy1 as it turn and made it’s way back over to the South Bay. When asked, each employee said they would gladly pay again to ride in the Flagship Detroit DC-3. Good times was had by all.

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1 Comment so far

  1. joann Landers (unregistered) on September 24th, 2007 @ 8:23 pm

    I wish I would have been there. Thanks for the photos.

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