With over 200 histories of specific DC-3 aircraft, The Legacy of the DC-3 combines the personalities behind its development, the struggles that shaped this great airplane, and a chronological history of its peacetime and wartime adventures.
It includes detailed accounts of DC-3s flying themselves, to monkeys in the cockpit, mail, freight and even other aircraft.
The accounts go on. The Gooney Bird, its affectionate wartime sobriquet, was meant to fly, and fly she did — over 100 billion miles with over 700 million passengers.
The author has carefully researched (and annotated) a masterpiece, including a roster of every surviving DC-3/C-47 in the United States he could locate, as well as 22 appendices, with one of these including details on all 43 variants produced.
The appendices alone are worth the purchase of the book. There has never been another volume on the DC-3 that has accomplished so much, and in a style that all readers can enjoy. The Legacy of the DC-3 brings people and historical perspectives together to provide fascinating reading. You may have other DC-3 books on your shelf, but you need this one to get the full story.
The Legacy of the DC-3
1 Early Flight – Elijah to Langley 1
2 First Around the World 19
3 The Douglas Commercial Series 39
4 The Beginning of an Era 55
5 The DC-2 63
6 The Genesis of the Legend 95
7 War Clouds 135
8 The DC-3 Goes to War 153
9 Post War Aviation Boom 193
10 The Legend Continues 221
11 The Way It Was 231
12 Turbopower Conversions 255
13 DC-3s Today 267
14 Over the Years 293