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Breitling DC-3 World Tour visits Lyon Air Museum

by | Jul 18, 2017 | Aviation Events | 0 comments

Breitling Douglas DC-3

On March 9th 2017, exactly 77 years after its inaugural flight, a white and silver Douglas DC-3 with a Breitling logo on its tail took off from Geneva, Switzerland. Its goal was to circumnavigate the globe promoting aviation and 500 limited edition Navitimer watches that will be sold after the conclusion of the trip. Each watch is engraved with the Breitling DC-3 World Tour logo and will be delivered with a certificate signed by Francisco Agullo, the flight captain.

Breitling DC-3 World Tour - Lyon Air Museum

Breitling DC-3 World Tour – Lyon Air Museum

Visiting Lyon Air Musem

After already having visited the Middle East, India, Southeast Asia, China, and Japan the plane is now traveling across the United States and on Friday, July 14th it visited the Lyon Air Musem at the John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana, California. It will be back in Switzerland in September for the Breitling Sion Airshow 2017.

Breitling DC-3 World Tour - Lyon Air Museum

Breitling DC-3 World Tour – Lyon Air Museum

Plane’s history

Breitling’s DC-3 was first used as a passenger plane by American Airlines and from 1942 to 1944 was carrying troops from the East Coast to Europe. It was once even used in a hunt for a German U-Boat. After the war, it continued its service for various airlines. During Breitling’s restoration process, the plane was modified to include extra fuel tanks for long journeys and modern navigation and communication systems. With original fuselage, wings and engines it is the oldest airplane to fly around the world.

Breitling DC-3 World Tour - Lyon Air Museum

Breitling DC-3 World Tour – Lyon Air Museum

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Igor K.

I am the founder and editor-in-chief of the AirMuseumGuide.com blog. Together with my son - hopefully a future aerospace engineer - we are trying to visit as many aviation and aerospace museums in the US as possible with the ultimate goal of visiting them all. We have been able to visit approximately 60 so far. We are hoping this site will help preserve aviation history and inspire young people to pursue a career in aerospace.

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