The Douglas DC-3: 90 Glorious Years

Author(s): Geoff Jones 

ISBN: 9781804200605
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The definitive history of the iconic Douglas DC-3, one of the most enduring aircraft designs in aviation history.
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  • The DC-3 has endured more than any other aircraft, with over 150 still in use across the world

  • Almost every major post-war airline started running their schedules with this type, taking advantage of the surplus in military DC-3s (C-47s) after the Second World War

  • Publication marks ninety years since the DC-3 first took to the skies

In Douglas DC-3: 90 Glorious Years, Geoff Jones explores the rich history of the DC-3 from its beginnings in Southern California, its participation in military operations such as the D-Day Normandy Landings, to its use as a commercial aircraft by airliners and freight companies across the world.

Even today, numerous enthusiast organisations continue to keep DC-3s airworthy and fly them for their members. Due to the unavailability of spare parts and the scarcity of expensive avgas fuel, the days of DC-3 commercial operations are now nearing an end, and yet the legacy of the DC-3 has endured.

The Airbus and Boeing operators of today have the DC-3 operations of the previous century to thank for their current success.


BOOK ISBN 9781804200605
FORMAT 235 x 165 mm
BINDING Paperback
PAGES 352 pages
PUBLICATION DATE August 2024
TERRITORY World
ILLUSTRATIONS 198 black-and white and 71 colour photographs

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Geoff Jones is a pilot, writer and photographer who grew up in the 1960s hearing the sounds of Cambrian Airways DC-3s thundering out of his local airport at Cardiff/Rhoose. This affection for the iconic DC-3 has been with him during a half-century of worldwide travel reporting and photographing many aspects of the world’s civil aviation scene. With fourteen civil aviation book titles to his name and thousands of magazine articles, Jones is a respected and well-known author/photographer. Flying a DC-3 in the Caribbean was a career highlight.