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Meet Vaerus’ Newest Fleet Member

During World War II, the U.S. built thousands of DC-3 aircraft to transport troops and cargo around the world. Its size and speed revolutionized group transportation, effectively showing that airplanes would soon replace trains for cross country travel. But the model itself would soon become a thing of the past. 

On Oct. 12, 1945, one of the last DC-3 aircraft rolled off the production line in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The war had ended, so its services were no longer needed, yet unlike many other military aircraft of the time, the plane was spared from becoming scrap metal. Instead, it embarked on a journey to become one of the most recognized aircraft in history.

dc-3-2

Meet Vaerus’ Newest Fleet Member

During World War II, the U.S. built thousands of DC-3 aircraft to transport troops and cargo around the world. Its size and speed revolutionized group transportation, effectively showing that airplanes would soon replace trains for cross country travel. But the model itself would soon become a thing of the past. 

On Oct. 12, 1945, one of the last DC-3 aircraft rolled off the production line in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The war had ended, so its services were no longer needed, yet unlike many other military aircraft of the time, the plane was spared from becoming scrap metal. Instead, it embarked on a journey to become one of the most recognized aircraft in history.

  • 1946

    In 1946, the DC-3 was sold to became the official New York City executive office aircraft for Colombia Broadcasting Corporation (CBS).

  • 1953

    In 1953, it was sold to Outboard Marine Manufacturing Corporation of Milwaukee the makers of Johnson and Evinrude Motors and served as their executive travel airplane. 

  • 1978

    In 1978, they donated to the Experimental Aircraft Association, who now hosts EAA AirVenture, an annual air show in Wisconsin where the most prominent pilots and air enthusiasts recorded trips in the ship’s log, such as names like Paul Poberezny. 

  • 1988

    In 1988, a private tour company bought and flew the craft out of Burbank, California, where it took tourists on daytrips to see a bird’s eye view of the Grand Canyon.

  • 1995

    From 1995-2001, it finally flew commercially and entered into scheduled passenger service with ERA Classic Airlines in Alaska. The plane was then temporarily retired. 

  • 2011

    In 2011, Robert Randazzo, a retired airline captain, rescued the plane. He refurbished it from nose to tail, painting it in the distinct style of the original 1940s WWII Pan American Airways DC-3 aircraft, and named it after his daughter: The Clipper Tabitha May. 

  • 2019

    In June 2019, Mr. Randazzo and his crew flew the fully restored DC-3 to Normandy, France to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day. 

  • 2022

    In 2022, the now iconic DC-3 became the newest member of the Vaerus Jet Sales fleet. She continues to grace the skies today, keeping her history alive and connecting with aviation enthusiasts at events throughout the country. 

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