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The DC-3, A Real Man's Airplane

by John M. White |  | 4 comments

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, ..." Douglas DC-3 at All Things Aviation 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!

Comments (4)

  • admin on June 24, 2019

    If you can send me the url to his blog it would help.

    John

  • Cedarglen on June 24, 2019

    Hello JA7,
    I’ve been lurking a bit since mention of your site first appeared on Doug Morris’s blog. Perhaps I follow too many links (or kinks?) but I found Flying Mag’s website and the linked DC-3 article by Martha Lunken. And then a few more of her articles. If that woman drives airplanes even half as well as she writes entertaining and informative pieces, she is won hell of a pilot. Thanks for the links.
    It is great to see your site mentioned on Doug Morris’s blog. I hope that you will reciprocate the favor and offer a hot link to his blog (From the flight deck)on your site. Both of you seem to understand the first rule of effective blogging: Post Frequently. Thanks again for the link to Ms. Lunken’s articles. I think it would be great fun to fly with her. As a serious lover of the old DC-3, having Martha as the type-rating examiner would be unbelievably cool! Thanks for the great site and active blog. -C.

  • admin on June 24, 2019

    Thanks for the comment. I tried to get to Mr. Morris’s blog but need the url I think because I could not locate his blog.

    I would be happy to visit his blog and provide whatever help I could to him.

    Keep your wings straight and level Hersch!

    JetAviator7

  • Cedarglen on June 24, 2019

    Noted. Please try a little harder. Doug’s email address is available very near the top of his opening page. Fair is fair and Doug Morris is not accepting advertising – sharing from his own pocket. Both sites have valuable material, and you really should provide links to each other. Please try again. If you still cannot manage a back-channel conversation with Mr. Morris, please reply here and I’ll make it happen. Good Heavens! And yes, I enjoy your posts and links. -C.

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