On July 26, 2010, over 500,000 pairs of eyes turned skyward in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The hush of the awed crowd was blanketed by the sound of 21 Douglas DC-3s flying overhead in formation. Airventure, an annual gathering of pilots and aviation enthusiants, was host to the largest gathering of DC-3s since World War II. Over 50 DC-3s gathered at the event to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the amazing aircraft.
One of the aircraft that flew in that formation is based right here in the San Francisco bay area. She stands out with her disctinctive red and white livery (see slideshow photos, taken at Airventure). Her tail, above the DC-3 star, proclaims her home: Hiller Aviation Museum.
To continue the 75th anniversary celebration, Hiller Aviation Museum will feature a tribute to the aircraft which had its maiden flight on December 17, 1935. The event will include expert lectures, a photo exhibit, and a DC-3 fly-over and display.
As DC-3 pilots will tell you, "the only replacement for a DC-3 is another DC-3."
Event Schedule. Subject to change.
Friday Dec. 17
12:00pm DC-3's arrive
1:00pm - 4:00pm Aircraft on display
Saturday Dec. 18
10:00am - 2:30pm Aircraft on Display (airport parking area)
11:00am - Presentation (Hiller Museum)
12:00pm - The Fondettes, 1940's Entertainment (Hiller Museum)
1:00pm - Presentation (Hiller Museum)
3:00pm - Aircraft departures