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You don’t see those much anymore
I’ve posted one or two similar pics in the past. I wouldn’t be surprised if they’re all of the same plane.
A truly beautiful airplane.
About 15 years ago I lived on Pine Island in Lee County, FL. The mosquito control people had several of these. At times they’d line them up 3 abreast and spray the width of the island just above treetop level, usually in the early morning when there was no wind. The houses would shake and people (especially newer residents) would run outside. Impressive! There was never any notice, and I was unable to ever get a photo despite living there several years. I believe they still use them.
Is that a DC-3?
DC-3 or C-47 variant?
Empirical rationality is what allows the whole world to fly.
It’s hard to tell the difference between a DC 2 and a DC 3. They were both great airplanes. In Ernest Gann’s memoir about his early days as a pilot, he tells of a flight where they had severe icing conditions. As luck would have it, they were flying a DC 2 which would carry much more ice than the DC 3. The title of his book, and it is terrific, is Fate is the Hunter.
I was wondering if there are any DC-2s that are still airworthy, and indeed there is at least one:
Note that they also have a Boeing 247 airliner.
I just ordered Fate is the Hunter for my dad. Thanks Mike!
That is a great book Mike. I remember his lessons 30 years after I read the book. Fate is the Hunter.
I learned recently that a C-53 is a DC-3/C-47 with a strengthened floor for paratroopers.
The plane was so aerodynamically stable that I remember reading of one all shot up and landing itself after the crew bailed out in WW2.
They made lots of them in Santa Monica.
FREE BIRD !
Empirical Rationality? With that statement you have Hume, Berkeley, Locke, Descartes, Spinoza, and Leibniz all rolling over in the graves.
When I was a kid in Brooklyn, 60 years ago, one of these would pass overhead every few minutes, it seemed.
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