Every now and then you run across an article you just have to read, and so it was with an article in Flying by Martha Lunken titled "DC-3, A Real Man's Airplane." Without a doubt this is one of the best articles written about this wonderful 75 year old airplane, and which brought back memories for me from when I flew DC-3s out of Battle Creek, MI. Ours weren't freighters, but rather corporate configured and in relatively great shape. I would encourage you to read this article, and in order to whet your appetite, here is a teaser from the article: "A few weeks later Karen was training a retired DC-3-rated United captain, with another pilot on the jumpseat, for check rides I was scheduled to give before they could be certificated. They were near the Aurora Airport and probably practicing the "approach to stalls in the landing configuration," a required maneuver. Witnesses — and there were several in the air and on the ground — reported they were high, above 5,000 feet, when the nose pitched up with the gear and flaps extended. A wing dropped, the airplane rolled, and suddenly it was spinning, ..." You really need to read this article, which you can find at "DC-3, A Real Man's Airplane." If this well written article doesn't intrigue you, then you really don't love to fly. Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch! JetAviator7 ps: Don't forget to sign up for our newsletter "All Things Aviation" here!