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2017 Flabob Airport Douglas DC-3/C-47 Fly-In in Riverside, CA

2017 Flabob Airport Douglas DC-3/C-47 Fly-In in Riverside, CA

By on May 25, 2017 in Aviation Events | 1 comment

The Douglas DC-3, which revolutionized air transport in the 1930s and 1940s, is universally recognized as the greatest airplane of its time and possibly beyond. It is estimated that approximately 2,000 DC-3s and military derivatives out of the total 16,000 produced are still flying today. This past weekend visitors to the Flabob Airport in Riverside, California had a unique opportunity to admire timeless beauty and durability of about a dozen of them during the first ever DC-3/C-47 Fly-In.

Flabob Airport DC-3/C-47 Fly-In

The collection included Douglas C-47 Skytrain “Willa Dean” from the Lyon Air Museum, DC-3 “Spirit of Benovia”, DC-3 “Thunderbird Flying Service”, DC-3 “Four Star Airways”, C-47 Skytrain “Virginia Ann”, C-47 Skytrain “Placid Lassie”, DC-3 “Flabob Express” and DC-3 (C-41A) with Golden Age Air Tours.

Douglas DC-3 (C-41A) Golden Age Air Tours

Visitors were able to get close to all of the airplanes and even tour some of them inside. Several of the DC-3s and C-47s were also available for short but unforgettable rides. As a side attraction some of the Flabob’s residents’ planes were also available for viewing and included a Beech C-45H Expeditor, de Havilland DH.88 Comet replica, Laird Turner RT-14 Meteor replica, Caudron C.460 Rafale replica and others.

de Havilland DH.88 Comet replica

We also got intrigued by a “Wright Flyer Project” sign on one of the airport’s hangars. As it turns out that inside, a group of volunteers is building a 1903 Wright Flyer replica that one day will recreate the famous Wright brothers first powered heavier-than-air manned flight. Visit the Wright Flyer Project website to learn more or to support the project with a donation.

We also met Dick Edwards, one of the Wright Flyer project volunteers, a former Douglas engineer who participated in a famous 1961 supersonic dive of the Douglas DC-8 over the Edwards Air Force Base. His collection of over 900 model planes is also available for viewing inside of the hangar.

Dick Edwards with his model collection

The first ever DC-3 / C-47 Fly-In is expected to return to the Flabob Airport next year. Visit the Fly-In website for more information.

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  1. Great pics, and good info on the aircraft!

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