The Douglas DC-3, which made air travel popular and airlines profitable, is universally recognized as one of the most iconic airplanes of the golden era. The first flight of the Douglas DC-3 was on December 17, 1935 or just over 80 years ago. During World War II, many civilian DC-3s were drafted for the war effort and just over 10,000 U.S. military versions of the DC-3 were built, under the designation C-47. Thousands of paratroopers were dropped from C-47s during the first few days of the invasion of Normandy, France, in June 1944. C-47s were also used to airlift supplies to surrounded American forces during the Battle of Bastogne. In the Pacific, the C-47 played an important role at Guadalcanal and in the jungles of New Guinea and Burma. Possibly its most influential role in military aviation, however, was flying "The Hump" from India into China during the war. DC-3s were also among the heroes of the Berlin Airlift of 1948-9 when Allied aircraft fed Berlin as Stalin tried to bring the city to its knees. If ever there was a plane that symbolizes the golden era of adventure travel, it was the Douglas DC-3 / C-47. It almost goes without saying that the DC-3 was Indiana Jones’s favorite aircraft: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QyPuk-00UeQ Remarkably, The DC-3 is still in service. From the Congo to Thailand, and from Valparaíso to Tegucigalpa, DC-3s are still in service all over the world, mostly humping cargo. It’s now considered something of a bush plane, because of its ability to land on short, rough runways (like many runways were, back in the 30s!) By the time I came around, airlines had already replaced the good old DC-3 with jet liners. I regret that I never got the chance to fly in one. Have any of you ever flown on a DC-3? Anyone have DC-3 stories to tell? The DC-3 spirit of adventure still lives!