Some things make my heart skip a beat. The beautiful laugh of my wife, thoughts of Concorde being brought back into service, and now something new — a DC-3 that is still flying around the world.
Swiss watchmaker Breitling maintains both a Douglas DC-3 and Lockheed Constellation in its fleet. These vintage aircraft are meticulously maintained and still make regular appearances at air shows around the world.
In celebration of 77 years of service, Breitling is taking the DC-3 on an incredible tour around the world. The tour actually began in the March, but has now reached the USA.
Today the plane will fly from Van Nuys Airport (VNY) in Los Angeles to Santa Ana (SNA). In the coming days it will continue to Phoenix (Scottsdale), Houston, Dallas, and St. Louis before arriving in Wisconsin for the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.
Honestly, I feel like a fool for only reading about this today–as Brietling says–
Certain privileged passengers will be welcomed aboard for certain stretches.
I think this would be one opportunity to pull the blogger card, though I suspect even that would not have worked…
Breitling’s DC-3 was originally delivered to American Airlines in 1940 but used by the military during WWII. After the war, it returned to commercial service for many years. After decades of rusting away, Brietling acquired it and painstakingly restored it.
Have you ever seen or flown on the Breitling DC-3? While I’ll miss today’s flight, I’ve added it to the bucket list!
image courtesy: Alan Wilson / Flickr