A beautiful DC-3

While at Sacramento McClellan Airport last week I couldn’t take my eyes off a particular airplane. It was a DC-3 with a highly-polished bare metal finish. Built in 1939 for Major General Henry ‘Hap’ Arnold, it was used for VIP transport for himself and military command staff, as well as other high ranking officials including the Secretary of War. It was based at Bolling Army Airfield, Washington D.C.

DC-3 at McClellan
DC-3 at McClellan, March 15, 2018. Photo by Bill Gabbert
DC-3 at McClellan
DC-3 at McClellan, March 15, 2018. Photo by Bill Gabbert

In case you’re wondering, the bottom photo was not captured or converted to black & white. It’s just that virtually all that was there was black, shades of gray, or white.  The images above are low resolution. You can get your own high-res copy, framed or unframed, and without the watermark.
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3 thoughts on “A beautiful DC-3”

  1. I remember when I was in the boat lift in 1980? 1979? USCG Opa Locka airport DC3’s we’re flying nonstop with radials .

  2. I am wondering if the plane was still around Bolling AFB in the mid-50’s. My father was stationed there and flying “brass” around in an eclectic group of aircraft including a nice Gooney Bird that I was allowed to ride along on occasionally.

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