To help honor the 75th anniversary of one
of the most important and utilitarian airplanes ever flown—the Douglas
DC-3—EAA is conducting a “Max Effort Day” on Tuesday, July 27. All
DC-3s and the military variants C-47 and R4D that wish to be flown that
day will make formation flights and aerial displays.
“This event will celebrate the legacy
and people of an aircraft that played a massive part in the development
of both civil and military aviation,” said Adam Smith, EAA vice
president of membership. “Merging both ground and air operations into
a single spectacle is sure to leave those in attendance with memories
they’ll be able to share and recall for years.”
The DC-3’s diamond anniversary is one
of the main themes at AirVenture this year, and there will be numerous
other programs and activities conducted throughout the week. Here are a
few of them:
A very special DC-3/C-47 reunion
evening at Theater in the Woods, Thursday, July 29, hosted by Ron
Alexander and including special guests Jim Douglas, son of DC-3
designer Donald Douglas.
Air show programs throughout the week
to include a parade of classic airliners and a unique heritage
flight that pairs the C-47 with the modern C-17 Globemaster.
Appearances by the aircraft and stars
of the hit Canadian reality TV series “Ice Pilots”, about
Buffalo Airways—an airliner based out of Yellowknife in the
Northwest Territories that continues to use the DC-3 in daily
passenger service. Included is a Monday evening program at Theater
in the Woods.
DC-3 movie screenings, including the
John Wayne classic Island in the Sky at the Fly-In Theater.
Numerous public forums related to the
people, history, and operations of the DC-3.
A major weeklong effort by the EAA
Timeless Voices of Aviation team to capture and preserve the video
oral histories of all people connected with the DC-3.
An exclusive DC-3 community cookout
hosted by Basler Turbo Conversions of Oshkosh, which refurbishes
DC-3s from its base at Wittman Regional Airport for continued use at
locations around the world.
A luncheon on Wednesday, July 28, in
the museum’s Founders’ Wing for anyone who has ever been
connected with the DC-3, including pilots, mechanics, flight crew,
In addition, a rare DC-2 aircraft will be
joining the assembly at Oshkosh, as well as a beautifully refurbished
Fewer than 100 remain airworthy in the
United States, and 30–40 are expected at AirVenture.
DATES: 2014: July 28-Aug. 3;
2015: July 27-Aug. 2