L/E of 1000. Signed and numbered by the artist.

Size: 25" x 32"

Price: $125.00

The DC-2 had been in service for just a short time when American Airlines' new president, C.R. Smith, began a campaign to persuade the Douglas company to produce a much modified version to meet American's standards. The DC-2 had already initiated the famous American Airlines Flagship Fleet, but the forward-thinking airline president saw an even greater potential for this new aircraft.

Once Douglas agreed, the plane that emerged was to become the most prolific and probably the greatest transport aircraft ever built - the DC-3.

The new DC-3 joined American's Flagship Fleet in September 1936, and immediately began flying between all the important U.S. cities. It was not long before its ports of call extended overseas to Shanghai, London, Karachi, Lima and Buenos Aires, and by 1939 the DC-3 was carrying 90% of the world's air commerce. Finally the world's airlines had an aircraft capable of carrying passengers, mail and cargo safely and profitably, and it was this superb aircraft which almost single-handedly developed a stable and reliable airline industry.

When war came, the versatile DC-3 was easily adapted to carry troops, cargo and even tow gliders, becoming the backbone of all the major aerial invasions during World War II.

Perhaps the greatest tribute to this remarkable aircraft is the fact that after almost 60 years of unbroken service, the distinctive shape and sound of the DC-3 can still be seen in the skies all around the world, performing the role for which it was built - flying passengers and cargo safely and profitably.

Robert Watts' fine rendering depicts an American Airlines DC-3 - one of 20 in service by 1936 with right-hand doors - outbound from La Guardia airport. Below, the distinctive Manhattan skyline and the busy New York waterfront add to the nostalgic mood of this prewar aviation scene.