The airplane began service flying the Hump for CNAC as a C-47 in 1944. It briefly passed through Claire Chennault’s hands in the late 1940s before making it’s way stateside, to Pan American Airways, in 1949. It flew in Pan Am livery as a DC-3 for several years before entering service as an executive transport plane. The Historic Flight Foundation restored in to its full former glory in its Pan Am heyday.
I wished they’d have decided to do it up in CNAC regalia, since it’s probably the only plane that flew for CNAC that’s currently in flying condition, but it’s great to have it back in the air regardless.
If the Historic Flight Foundation can help me match this plane’s registration numbers to its CNAC fleet number, I might be able to match it to some stories that happened in that very airplane. And I’m sure I’ll know some guys who flew it.
It’s worth clicking on the Historic Flight Foundation’s website to hear the engine growl they have playing as intro music.