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December 17: DC-3 First Flight Anniversary

DC-3 at AirVenture

December 16, 2010 — This past year EAA and the aviation world celebrated the 75th anniversary of the DC-3’s first flight – which in fact took place 75 years ago this week, on December 17, 1935, from the Santa Monica Airport, California. That maiden flight was made specifically on that date to coincide with the 32nd anniversary of the Wright Brothers’ first powered flight. At AirVenture 2010, EAA conducted a number of activities, featuring speakers, programs, and a massive 21-ship fly-over to honor the DC-3. Below are several links to the AirVenture highlights of our summer celebration and the history of this aviation icon.

AirVenture Today:



Theater in the Woods: Video

Theater in the Woods: Audio

EAA Radio Interviews:



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