American Airlines DC-3

American Airlines DC-3

The American Airlines DC-3, like all American Airliners were flagships. They heralded their arrival at an airport by the copilot inserting a flagstaff bearing an American Airlines flag into a socket just outside the window immediately after landing. The arrival or departure of an American Airliner was never a humdrum event—it took place with flag flying.

Douglas DC-3

American Airlines Douglas DC-3

OshKosh just offers so many opportunities to photograph beautiful airplanes like the Douglas DC-3.  On this particular day, the weather was not cooperating with mostly grey skies.  Occasionally, there was a break to get a few images with clouds.  American Airlines, like many other airlines and air cargo carriers, used DC-3s for many years.  It was the first really popular and economical airliner.  In fact, DC-3s are still in service today used mostly for cargo.