One of the most iconic aeroplanes, first designed built during the golden age of aviation in the 1930s, attempting a round the world trip landed in Nagpur on Sunday. The DC-3, designed by the Douglas aircraft company, revolutionised air travel back in the 30s and 40s. The range of aircraft was used during India-Pakistan war in 1947 and 1965, reported PTI. They were used extensively during World War II as well.Breitling DC-3
The 36-seater aircraft started its ‘Breitling DC-3 World Tour’ from Geneva on March 9 – its 77th anniversary. Nagpur is the 11th stop in the itinerary of the aircraft, which is on a 55-city tour, sponsored by the Swiss watch company.
The DC-3’s crew includes chief pilot Francisco Agullo (48) from Switzerland (he owns the plane), co-pilot Paul Bazeley and researcher Daniel Meyer.
The DC-3 has the ability to take off on short runways. “We require an 800-metre runway for take-off, but for safety, we need approximately 1,100 metres. This aircraft can even land on fields and grassland,” Agullo said.
The plane, which carries most of its own spares, flies at low altitudes. And since it doesn’t have a pressurised cabin, doesn’t have air-conditioning. “On Saturday, we halted at Karachi for refuelling and they told us to take an altitude of 5,000 feet, and Nagpur was scorching at 41 degrees. It was really torturous,” Agullo said.Breitling DC-3
The Breitling DC-3 World Tour will end in Geneva in September after covering 24,000 nautical miles. On Wednesday the plane will fly off to Chittagong in Bangladesh, from where it will head to Bangkok, Singapore, Hong Kong, China and Japan.
In Tokyo, the plane will offer a joy ride to the child victims of the 2013 tsunami. Civil DC-3 production stopped in 1942 with 607 aircraft made.