Historic DC-3 to Arrive at Greenville Downtown Airport

Plane will be at airport September 8-10

Ed Jenson
September 04, 2017 - 12:06 am

Over 60 years ago, DC-3s landed regularly at the Greenville Downtown Airport in South Carolina.  Their mission was to safely transport commercial airline passengers to their destination of choice.  

DC-3s have ​been doing ​ just ​ that since 1936 when American Airlines convinced Douglas Aircraft to increase the size of their DC-2, which held 14 passengers, to accommodate 21 in a newly designed DC-3.  

This allowed American to feasibly fly enough passengers so that the funds from these fares would generate enough income to justify the flight without having to rely on income from the government's air mail service.  Before Worl​d War II most commercial air travelers flew in DC-3s. 

During WWII, the DC-3 was equipped with a larger cargo door and stronger landing gear so they could be used in military missions.  The Army called their altered version a C-47, and the Navy a R4D.  After WWII many C-47s were seen coming in and out of ​ ​ Greenville Army Air Base. ​  ​ But that was also long ago...

This weekend Greenville residents will once again see a DC-3 in their sky.  

Historic DC-3 Flagship Detroit to Arrive!  
September 8 - 10, 2017.  
FREE ground tours on Saturday from 11:30 - 4 ​ ​ and Sunday starting at 11:30.


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