Douglas DC-3, N101KC Rose of Dream Flight carried passengers on aerial tours from Hawthorne Airport on Friday, July 9. It was built as a DC-3 in 1943 and served the Army Air Force as a C-53D. It is a veteran of the D-Day invasion of Europe on June 6, 1944. Its Douglas construction number is 11639.
Passengers congregated at the Western Museum of Flight.
Dream Flight's DC-3, N101KC Rose taxis to the ramp shortly before 10:00 in the morning to pick up the first load of passengers of the day.
One of Rose' pilots explains the finer points of flying a DC-3.
Rose' passenger compartment has six rows of four seats. The third row faces to the rear.
Rose waits for her passengers to arrive.
The first load of passengers assembles under Rose' wing.
Rose takes off from Runway 25 the Hawthorne Airport just after 11:00.
Rose flew just to the south of Los Angeles International Airport.
Rose' left wing.
Rose' right wing.
Rose circumnavigated Rancho Palos Verdes.
A cool breeze blew in through the open window in Rose' cockpit. Moments later the pilots banked Rose to the right to avoid a light plane.
The Queen Mary and the geodesic dome that used to house the Spruce Goose appeared under Rose' left wing.
Rose made a right 270 degree turn and headed back toward Terminal Island.
Rose crossed over the Los Angeles River.
Traffic was light on the 405 freeway.
Rose flew past the golf course at Holly Park as it appoached the airport.
Rose passed above Crenshaw Boulevard on the descent to the runway.
Nat's Restaurant flashed by just before Rose' main wheels touched down 22 minutes after take-off.
Rose waits to take a second load of passengers aloft.
Rose' number one engine belches a puff of smoke as it starts up.
Rose' pilots check the engine instruments before starting to taxi.
Rose taxis to the runway for the second revenue flight.
Rose taxis to the far end of the runway.
Rose lifts off of Runway 25 at noon.
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A nostalgia flight aboard Rose from the Inyokern Airport on Wednesday, October 6, 2004.
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A dozen photos of Douglas DC-2 NC1934D. Locations of the photos include:
Chino October 18, 1987
Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake April 16, 1988
Marine Corps Air Station el Toro April 29, 1989
George Air Force Base November 11, 1991
Santa Maria August 25 - 26, 2006
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A dozen photos of variants of Douglas DC-3s, taken over a span of thirty years. DC-3s pictured include:
PCA DC-3 N50CE, San Francisco International Airport, August 6, 1974
DC-3 N25CE Puff, Santa Barbara Airport, October 1985
DC-3C N403JB Pegasus, Santa Barbara Airport, October 16, 1985
Salair DC-3C, N3FY, Santa Barbara Airport, May 10, 1988
Douglas Historical Foundation DC-2-118B NC1934D in TWA livery Marine Corp Air Station el Toro, April 29, 1989
Lisunov Li-2T Yellow 03, Zhukovsky, Russia, September 5, 1993
Royal Air Force Dakota, Farnborough Airshow, September 11, 1994
DC-3-253 NC41HQ (C-41 38-0502), Nellis Air Force Base, April 25, 1997
DC-3 N20TW, Edwards Air Force Base, August 19, 2005
DC-3C N814CL Mainliner O'Connor, Camarillo, June 12, 2006
C-53D Skytrooper N45366 D-Day Doll, Gillespie Field, June 15, 2007
C-47A Dakota N53ST, Phoenix-Mesa Gateway, March 9, 2012
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