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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh RSS FeedDC-2 to Join Oshkosh DC-3 Celebration 

The Museum of Flight's DC-2 and 39 DC-3s will arrive en masse on AirVenture opening day.
(Photo credit: Chad Slattery)

Clay Lacy at the controls of the Museum of Flight's rare DC-2.
(Photo credit: Chad Slattery)
A rare Douglas DC-2, the predecessor to the DC-3, will join the July 26 mass arrival of 40 airplanes at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010. The aircraft, owned by the Museum of Flight in Seattle, Wash., will lead the group flight of DC-3s just before the opening day air show to usher in the DC-3's 75th anniversary celebration.

Aviation luminary Clay Lacy, EAA Lifetime Member 285436, who was a driving force behind the airplane's restoration, will pilot the DC-2 from its current home at Van Nuys Airport, California, to the group departure airport at Sterling/Rock Falls, Illinois (KSQI), then on to Oshkosh.

Painted in the classic TWA red and gray scheme of "The Lindbergh Line," it is one of only two airworthy airframes left in the world. The other airplane is owned by the Aviodrome Museum in Holland and, according to the museum's Raymond Oostergo, it flew 30 hours in 2009 and is currently undergoing its annual inspection with hopes of flying again in May.

The DC-2 was developed in 1933 when TWA and the Douglas Aircraft Company decided to increase the fuselage length of the DC-1 passenger plane by two feet to add one additional row of seats to increase capacity to 14. First flight was May 11, 1934. Just over 150 planes were built until Douglas began its DC-3 production in 1935.

The Museum of Flight's airplane, N1934D, was originally delivered to Pan Am – Lacy notes the data plate says March 1935 - and later operated as a passenger airliner in South America for many years. It eventually returned to the U.S. operated by Johnson Flying Service of Missoula, Montana, as a smoke jump aircraft dropping firefighters near large fires. The Douglas Historical Society eventually acquired the aircraft, owning it from 1982-2003 in California.

It was eventually parked at Santa Monica until the Douglas Society relocated the aircraft to a hangar in Long Beach to be restored to flying condition. It was later sold to vintage aircraft collector and EAA/Vintage/Warbird member Bruce McCaw, of Seattle, who donated it to the Museum of Flight in 2000.

The aircraft has rarely been seen in flight at any air shows since 1985, although it did visit Oshkosh in the early 1990s. It will be available for viewing and photos at KSQI July 23-25 and will be on the ground at AirVenture from July 26-31.

DC-2 Specifications
Power Plant: Two Wright R-1820 975hp engines
Registration: N1934D
Serial Number: 1368
Length: 62 ft
Height: 16 ft
Span: 85 ft
Wing Area: 939 square ft
Empty Weight: 12,408 lbs
Gross Weight: 18,560 lbs
Maximum Speed: 210 mph
Cruise Speed: 190 mph
Range: 1,000 miles


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