75th Anniversary Celebration
*DC-3 event weather schedule changes*
Saturday Dec 18
Due to the forecasted rains scheduled for Saturday Dec 18 we have had a change in the participation of aircraft. 97H (Hiller Aviation Museum) is still scheduled to participate. 47SJ (Betsy's Biscuit Bomber), 943DJ (Spirit of Benovia) and 814CL (United) were all coming from Southern CA and have had to cancel.
New Schedule of Events:
Friday Dec. 17 POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER CONDITIONS
Saturday Dec. 18
10:15am - DC arrival
10:30am - 2:30pm DC-3 on Display
11:00am - Bill Vasilovich, MC & DC-3 historian
12:00pm - The Fondettes, 1940's Entertainment
1:00pm - Willie Turner, "The Last Time" DC-3 event in Rock Falls IL.
3:00pm - DC-3 Departs
DC-3 arrival/departure is still weather dependent. Call the museum for the aircrafts status on Friday and Saturday (650) 654-0200
On December 17, 1935 the first Douglas DC-3 transport took to the sky on its maiden flight from Clover Field, Santa Monica California - the site of the Douglas Aircraft Factory. Aircraft designer and builder, Donald Douglas, plans to revolutionize the airline industry were on the line with that first flight, he wasn't to be disappointed. Much like the importance on the Wright Brothers first flight, the first DC-3 took to the air on the same day 32 years later.
Safe and reliable and built for passenger comfort, the DC-3 quickly became standard of commercial flight, enabling the fledgling airline industry to carry passengers at a profit for the first time. While revolutionizing commercial air travel, military variants of the DC-3 were an integral part of WWII. Out of the 10,631 of the type built under Douglas guidance from 1935 until 1947, it is estimated that over 1,200 of the sturdy twin engine transports are still flyable worldwide.
On December 18, the Hiller Aviation Museum will celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the historic DC-3 with a tribute featuring a host of presentations by experts, a photo exhibit and a number of DC-3's on display.
97H - Hiller Aviation Museum
Also on Display:
Antique Cars, WWII Jeeps and re-enactors in costume
Event included with regular museum admission. Tickets must be purchased at the museum prior to entering the aircraft display area.
*Aircraft and outside activities subject to change due to weather.