A day of firsts

December 17, 2010 by Mike Collins

We all remember that on this date in 1903, the Wright brothers made their first powered flight from Kill Devil Hill on North Carolina’s Outer Banks.

December 17 also marks the first flight of the iconic Douglas DC-3; 75 years ago today, its wheels left the runway at Santa Monica Airport in California.

While no original Wright Flyers are flying today, a remarkable number of DC-3s remain airworthy and take flight regularly. See some recent AOPA Live videos featuring the DC-3.

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