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DC-3

The DC-3 is the single most important aircraft in the history of air transportation. By 1938 eighty percent of all American airline traffic was carried in DC-3's and by 1939 most of all airline traffic in the world was flying DC-3's.

Many versions of this aircraft were produced for the military although basically a cargo and troop carrier they were modified to perform many military duties. In addition to towing gliders and paratroopers in Europe during World War II, some DC-3's became gun platforms delivering suppressing fire against ground targets in Vietnam. From 1942 to 1945 DC-3's flew "over the hump" on a supply route from India across the Himalayas and into China. This was basically a military operation. Sometimes they made as many as 5,000 flights and carried as much as 44,000 tons of supplies in one month. At times the DC-3s were taking off at two-minute intervals.

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