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This page covers C/N (factory Construction Number) 1494 through 1999, all of which were delivered as civilian aircraft. Some were converted to military, many of which were later returned to civilian life.

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  2053 - DC-3A-253, NC15473, the only C-41 built, Alaska Airlines, FAA N12, N43, N54595, N41HQ. KenS 2010 photos  
  2054 - DC-3-227A, Swissair HB-IRO, N2817D, Ozark N143D, Dan Gryder's Herpa-Wings. KenS. 2010 photos  
  2104 - DC-3 DC-3-208A  NC21746, American Airlines “Flagship San Antonio”, 1946 photo  
  2119 - DC-3-209B, 1939, NC14932, N14932, N33M, N3M, N190UM, ZS-JMP, 1980 & 1994 photos
  2141 - DC-3-201B, N21729, Eastern, North Central, Canadian Warplane Heritage C-GDAK, 2010 photos
  2216 - DST-217B, 1940, NC25685, C-49E-DO 42-56104, N25685, N35PB, HC-BQZ, N144F, HR-AQI, N69181, 1979 - 09
  2257 - DC-3-201D, 1940, NC15597, N15597, N79B, N102AP, 1985 photos
  2258 - DC-3-201D, 1940, NC15598, N15598, 1976 photo
  3278, DC-3-357, 1940, NC28341, N28341 for Delta, North Central, N29PR for Air Puerto Rico, 1986 & 2001 photos.
c/n 2053, DC-3A-253, C-41
NC15473, Alaska Airlines, FAA N12, N43, N54595, N41HQ



N41HQ, the only C-41 built, at the head of the line at Rock Falls.

I shot this shiny beauty at “The Last Time,” the July 2010 DC-3 fly-in at Whiteside County Airport, Rock Falls, IL. It is Santa Monica built Douglas C-41, c/n 2053, a very interesting aircraft with conflicting info among the various resources. Arthur Pearcy addresses it on pp 81-82 in his fantastic “Douglas Propliners DC-1 – DC-7.”

Pearcy says that only one C-41 was produced and that it has often been incorrectly identified as a modified C-39, which was a DC-2. The fact that it was given U.S. Army Air Corps serial number 38-502, which was in a block of C-39 numbers, adds to the controversy, but he explains how that happened. He says it was actually an off-the-shelf DC-3A-253, NC15473.

According to Pearcy it was delivered for General Hap Arnold in October 1938, three months ahead of the first C-39. It was P&W R-1830 powered from the outset. He says that by April 1945 it had accumulated 2739 hours and was leased to Alaska Airlines who operated it as NC15473.   

Baugher says that 2053 served Southern Airways. It flew for the CAA/FAA from 1948-73 as N12 and then until 1977 as N43. N9416A was apparently reserved in early 1978 but was never taken up. It was registered to South East Missouri State University as N54595 in 1978, and at least until 1983. It shows up for Trans Ocean Airways, McAllen, TX in 1986; and Bill Celli Leasing Co., Lafayette, CA in my 1989 and 91 registers.

Sources say it was an Otis Spunkmeyer airplane, and it has been registered to Next Century Aviation of Sausalito, CA since April 1999. (Posted 8/10/10)

c/n 2054, DC-3-227A
Swissair HB-IRO, N2817D, Ozark N143D

Dan Gryder was the vision and organization behind the July 24-26, 2010, DC-3 event, “The Last Time,” held at Whiteside County Airport, Rock Falls, IL. I was privileged to attend.

Dan’s familiar Herpa-Wings N143D, a 1937 DC-3-227A c/n 2054, was assembled by Fokker in the Netherlands, for Swissair. They operated it as HB-IRO until 1954 when it went to Fleetwings, Inc. as N2817D. You can see some real neat photos of it with the original Wright R-1820 engines, here. (scroll down to HB-IRO)

It joined Ozark Airlines who registered it as N143D and operated it until 1967. I’m not sure when it was converted to P&W R-1830’s but the Airworthiness Certificate is dated 1963 and it may have been at that time. It then went to Fairchild Hiller Corp., Hagerstown, MD. My 1970 FAA register shows Granite Aircraft Leasing, Garden City, NY. Academy Aviation Academy of Griffin, GA registered it in Jan. 1974 and operated as Academy Airlines. A cargo door was installed at some point along the way.

Gryder Networks LLC, Griffin, GA, registered it in early 2003 and it appears as a DC3A-S4C4G. Dan uses it for flight training for the DC-3 S.I.C. Type Rating. You can learn more here.

Our third photo shows the decal that Dan made up for July's "The Last Time" event.

We had some weather move through one evening at Rock Falls and I was able to get this shot of a lightning bolt over N143D.





c/n 2104, DC-3 DC-3-208A 
NC21746, American Airlines “Flagship San Antonio”

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American Airlines DC-3 Flagship San Antonio N21746

This Santa Monica built DC-3-208A, c/n 2104, entered service as American Airlines “Flagship San Antonio,” NC21746, in February 1939. This photo was taken at LAX in 1946.

N21746 was apparently never operated by anyone else and crashed at Jones Beach, New York in January 1947. You can read the ASN accident report here. It’s a fascinating scenario and it would seem that the crew made the right “call” by landing on a beach instead of waiting until they ran out of fuel.

c/n 2119, DC-3-209B
NC14932, N14932, N3M, N33M, N190UM, ZS-JMP

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DC-3 N14932, Transcontinental & Western Air “380”

ZS-JMP began life in 1939 as DC-3-209B, c/n 2119, NC14932, Transcontinental & Western Air’s “380” with Wright R-1820 engines. TWA operated it from 4/39 to 7/50, when it went to Remmert Werner in St. Louis for conversion to DC-3A configuration with P&W R-1830’s.

It was operated by Minnesota Mining & Mfg. of St. Paul, MN as N33M and N3M, and in 1968 became N190UM for Aero Service Corporation in Philadelphia, PA. It should be noted that another DC-3, c/n 19992, later N585H, also bore registration N33M at one time.

Next was Avex Air in South Africa in 1971, who registered it as ZS-JMP and operated it in geological survey work as shown in the July 1980 photo above. In addition to the apparatus on the top it has a tail stinger, and a unit on the belly which is deployed in flight. The second photo is dated April 1994 and shows the aircraft in conventional configuration. I don’t know its current status but some sites show it having Botswana registration AS-JMP.
DC-3, Avex Air ZS-JMP, Aero Service Corp. N190UM

DC-3, TWA NC14932, N14932, 3M Corp. N3M, N33M
The B&W photo at the top is from my collection, as are both color photos, with photographer unknown.

Posted July, 2010

c/n 2141, DC-3-201B
N21729, Eastern, North Central, Canadian Warplane Heritage C-GDAK

Built at Santa Monica as Wright R-1820 powered DC-3-201B c/n 2141, N21729 was delivered to Eastern in June 1939. It became their “347” and served until June 1952. It went to Purdue Aeronautics in June 1952; to North Central Airlines as their “22” from March 1953 until Nov. 1964; to Houston Aviation Products; Aircraft Charters of Houston in 1965; back to Houston Aviation Products in 1966; to University of North Dakota, Grand Forks in 1968.

Next was Shamrock Leasing in 1972; Crystal Shamrock Airlines in 1977; Paul Weske, of Minneapolis in 1977; to C47 Inc., Minneapolis in 1978; and to the Confederate Air Force, Texas, who painted it in camouflage and invasion stripes, with “Z”.

It has been registered in Canada as a DC-3-G202A since May 1953 and is now with the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, Mt. Hope, ON.

These are photos I took at “The Last Time,” the July 2010 DC-3 fly-in at Whiteside County Airport, Rock Falls, IL. You can learn more about the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum at

douglas_dc-3_201b_2141_n21729_eastern airlines



c/n 2216, DST-217B, C-49E-DO
NC25685, 42-56104, N25685, N35PB, HC-BQZ, N144F, HR-AQI, N69181
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PBA Airlines, DC-3 N35PB, American Airlines DC-3
A later PBA paint scheme, from a 1981 slide.

DC-3 N25685, N35PB, HC-BQZ, N144F, HR-AQI, N69181
Ken Stoltzfus photo

June 5, 2010: ‘2216  was built at Santa Monica, as were all DC-3’s reported on up to this point. It is a 1940 DST-217B, NC25685, American Airlines “Flagship El Paso”. The Defense Supply Corp. took it in 6/42 and it became USAAF C-49E-DO, 42-56104.

According to Pearcy, some commandeered aircraft were leased back to airlines to operate for the military on approved routes, but not always by the airline they had come from! This was an American Airlines ship and was operated by Braniff Airways from 6/43 to 10/44, when it went back to American.

Next was Walker Aircraft Ltd. In 3/49; Mid Continent Airlines 8/49; and conversion to a DC-3A (P&W R-1830’s). Braniff used it until 3/59 when it went to Trans Texas Airlines until 4/65. Gulf American Land Corp., Modern Air Transport 4/65; Fun Leasing 1/68; CHS Leasing; Provincetown-Boston Airlines 8/69, registered N35PB, “35”.

It is said to have next been Ecuadorian HC-BQZ, followed by our N144FS; then Honduran HR-AQI for Caribbean Air (1997 photos, in the current paint scheme, are on the ‘net) before the present N69181 to Kestrel Inc., Waukee, IA in 10/2000.

A page on the ‘net dated 10/07 listed it for sale by Starflite. Total time was 67,071 hours, R1830-92 engines, fresh props, #26,200 gross, new 30-passenger interior, one-piece windshields, and an asking price of $147,500. It has 602-gallons fuel capacity, which is typical of aircraft that were short-haul. The right rear, 200-gal. tank was often removed in such cases to save weight. See my 8/09 photo of it at Basler in OSH, but it is still registered to Kestrel.

c/n 2257, DC-3-201D
NC15597, N15597, N79B, N102AP
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Victoria Air DC-3, 1991 crash from fuel starvation

Air Pix photo, Robert Trader

June 2, 2010: 2257 was another Eastern Airlines DC-3. Built in 1940 as a DC-3-201D it was Eastern’s “358”, NC15597. At some point it was converted from Wrights to P&W’s and became a DC3A.

After Eastern came Beldex Corp, and then it went through many owners/operators as N79B. A partial list includes: Schenley Industries; Aero Wing Farm, Miamisburg, OH; National Financing Inc.; Metropolitan Mooney; Mid-Continent News; Jack M. Eckerd; Florida Steel Building, Clearwater; Gamair; Shawnee Airlines; and Florida Airlines “The Connection”. It became N102AP in the early 1980’s for Aero Virgin Islands; Virgin Islands International, and possibly others. FAA register shows the last registered owner as Linea Aerea Puertorriquena, of Carolina, Puerto Rico, in 2002, and registration was cancelled in 2009.

The aircraft was damaged beyond repair in June 1991 while being operated by Victoria Air S.A. of the Dominican Republic. The accident report at ASN says: “The no. 2 engine failed while approaching Puerto Plata and the crew elected to carry out an emergency landing on runway 08. The first approach was abandoned and the remaining engine lost power. A forced landing was carried out in a sugar cane field.” There were no fatalities among the 35 occupants. See:

DC-3 N102AP, Eastern Airlines NC15597, N15597, N79B Air Pix photo
c/n 2258, DC-3-201D
NC15598, NC15598
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June 2, 2010: DC-3-201D, c/n 2258, NC15598, was Eastern Airlines “359” from 9/40 to 3/52. After Eastern it went to Wolfe Industries on its way to Wisconsin Central Airlines, who became North Central Airlines. It became North Central’s “19” and they operated it from 1952 until 1968. At one point along the way it was operated by Galaxy Airlines. Then camed Daytona Beach Aviation; Holiday Hunters in 1973; Trans Florida Airlines; and Shorter Airlines in 1975.

N15598 had 82,309 hours total time in Jan. 1976, about the time this photo was taken. It then went to Bahamasair; and Aero Virgin Islands. In Jan. 1978 it made a forced landing in the sea off Luquillo, Puerto Rico, and the five occupants swam to shore.You can see the ASN report here.

The FAA report says that both fuel selectors were on the right main, which was empty, and there was fuel in the left main. Oops! I’m embarrassed to admit that I did the same thing one day many years ago. We had a fully loaded C-47 sprayer at our normal 50-100’ over the forest when both fuel pressure lights came on and both engines started to wind down. Not a word was spoken as my co-pilot and I each changed our fuel selector and I turned the boost pumps on. In a few long seconds we were back in business but it was a sobering event. We had been deliberate in our use of the checklist and our pre-takeoff procedures but somehow we screwed up. The fact that I had flown that airplane for a number of years without working fuel gauges was beside the point – dip sticks and clocks work well. It was a human error situation but you can be sure that we were subsequently even more deliberate than before! Happily however, the fuel gauges worked by the next year!

Douglas DC-3 photo, Fly Shorter Airlines, N15598

This photo is from a slide in my collection, photographer unknown.

One thing that story reminds me of, is that we all need to be humble about how we criticize others for their mistakes. If we’ve done any serious flying at all, we’ve probably escaped the consequences of some blunders that got others in real trouble.
c/n 3278, DC-3-357
NC28341, N28341, N29PR
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Air Puerto Rico Douglas DC-3 N29PR aircraft photo
A slide from my collection, photographer unknown .

June 3, 2010: 1940 DC-3-357, c/n 3278, NC28341 entered service with Delta Air Lines in Jan. 1940 as their Fleet No. 41. Several normally reliable sites report it as having served Chicago & Southern Airlines from Dec. 1940 until joining Delta in 1953, but others don’t. Delta’s museum site says it started with them and I’d probably go with that.

3278 joined North Central in 1958 and worked there as Fleet No. 41 until Sept. 1965 when it had a mishap. The 36-year old, 9000 hour captain is reported to have had 8000 hours in DC-3’s! He apparently struck trees at 235’ below approach minimums with a ceiling of 300’. Probably he had gotten by with that more than once before – but not this time!

Here’s what my FAA registers show as owners over the years: 1963 to 1968, North Central; 1970, Boone Flying Service, Boone, IA (it shows up in a database of Galaxy Airlines aircraft before going to Boone); 1973, Mercury Aircraft Sales, Phoenix, AZ; 1977, Joel R. Grundy, Huntington Beach, CA; 11/80, Sixto Diaz Saldana, Isla Verde, PR; 1/83, Diaz Aviation, San Juan, PR ; 9/89, 3/91 and 8/92, as N29PR for Del Caribbean, of San Juan, PR. There were other owners/operators along the way but my library of FAA registers is not complete. (I’ll buy them in paper, fische or CD if available) The photo of N29PR was taken in Jan. 1986.

According to Delta’s museum web site: “In 1990 there was an effort, led by Delta's retirees, to locate one of Delta's first five DC-3s. Ship 41 was discovered in Puerto Rico, registered as N29PR, and had been flying cargo with Air Puerto Rico. The aircraft was purchased in 1993 by Delta, and flown back to Delta headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia for restoration.” For more information on this aircraft please visit their web site.

Delta Air Lines DC-3 N28341, NC28341 photo

Delta Airlines Douglas DC-3 aircraft photo

Douglas DC-3 airliner photo, Delta Air Lines

It takes a lot of time, money and commitment to transform an aircraft from the N29PR in the first photo, to N28341 in its present state! I respect people who enter into such a project. This aircraft has been registered to Delta Air Lines, Atlanta, GA, since 1993. The FAA shows it as a DC3-G202A and the registration is “Valid.” It has no apparent military service history.

The N28341 photos are May 01 slides by Chuck Stewart in L.A.


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