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It was delivered as 42-68745 on April 10th, 1943 to the USAAF. It was registered NC49543 and was named "Mainliner New Jersey" while operating with United Airlines from 1945. It was actually bought by United in 1949 and renamed "Mainliner Youngstown". In 1955 it went to IBM Corporation and was reregistered as N705M. At some time it went to Freeport Sulfur Co. and again changed the identity, this time to N400S. In 1965 it was bought by Pan Air Corporation in New Orleans,LA and was issued its present tailnumber N4003 two years later. It was cancelled from the U.S. Register in 1976
Jeese................took me 4 min to find that one!!!!! Gotta know where to look
I miss the radials all time. I flew freight in a 1830 powered DC-3 until 2006. Their is nothing that beats the looks you get when you pull onto a ramp. Although they do seem to break at the worst time (night, IFR, overloaded). But it is a testament to their design how long one will run with a failed rear main bearing and no oil pressure to get you on the ground.Shame the Pratt & Whitney radial are gone. I run and keep up on a pair of R2800 'Double Wasp' engines at work. Awesome engines for their time!
If you can get back issues, find the magazine that the Smithsonian's National Air & Space Museum puts out. There is an issue about....8-10 years old with a fascinating article about how DC-3 and C-47 models have found a profitable retirement as parts delivery platforms. Like everything NA&S does, the article and magazine are top notch.These old DC-3s fascinate me almost as much as the B17s. They sure sound sweet.
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