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Title Delta Douglas DC-3 Ship 41
Date 1940
Collection Aircraft & Flight Simulators
Object Name Airplane
Catalog Number 1995.358.1
Description Model:Douglas DC-3-357
Registration No.: NC28341
Serial No.: 3278
Manufactured Date:December 23, 1940
Manufacturer: Douglas Aircraft Company of Santa Monica, California
Wingspan:95 ft.
Length:64 ft., 6 in.
Height:16 ft., 4 in.
Range:1,400 statute miles
Cruise Speed: 170 mph
Occupants:21 passengers and 3 crew
Maximum Weight: 25,200 lbs.
Engines: Wright Cyclone GR-1820G-202A with 3:2 reduction gearing
Thrust:1,200 hp
Propeller: Hamilton Standard with three 6153A-18 blades with 23E50 hubs
Fuel Capacity: 822 gallons
Materials: Aluminum frame and “skin”; fabric-covered ailerons, rudder and elevators
Price when New: $115,000
Height (in) 196
Length (in) 774
Width (in) 1140
Provenance Only Delta passenger Douglas DC-3 in existence. Carefully restored by team of volunteers and Delta employees from 1995 to October 1999, to combine 1940 vintage style with modern avionics. No other DC-3 in the world restored with such attention to detail.

Delta Service
Second-delivered DC-3 of Delta's order for five new planes from Douglas Aircraft Co. The first-delivered DC-3, Ship 40, named “City of Atlanta,” was being used for pilot training, so Ship 41 became the first DC-3 to carry Delta passengers. Entered scheduled service on December 24, 1940.

Delta gave Ship 41 a major update in early 1950s: added airstair door, moved galley forward of passenger door, moved lavatory to forward bag bin area, increased seat capacity from 21 to 24 passengers. New “white top” exterior paint scheme included Delta’s Flying D logo.

North Central Service
Ship 41 also flew for another airline in Delta’s family tree—North Central.

Ship 41 retired from Delta service in April 1958, and was purchased by North Central Airlines, later part of Northwest Airlines. After leaving North Central, Ship 41 flew for many owners in continuous service over the next 35 years.

Recovery
In 1990, a group of retirees led an effort to locate one of Delta's first five DC-3s. They were looking for an iconic plane to be part of a future Delta museum that would also showcase the Travel Air and artifacts from the Delta Archives.

They discovered Ship 41 in Puerto Rico, registered as N29PR and flying cargo for Air Puerto Rico. Delta acquired the plane in June 1993, and flew it back to company headquarters in Atlanta for restoration.

Donations
Generous donations to the restoration project included zero-hour engines and accessories from JRS Enterprises in Minnesota, landing gear and hydraulic valves from Basler of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and radios from Collins

Awards
Flew to EAA's AirVenture in 2000, and won Judges' Choice “Lindy” Award for outstanding restoration. In 2001, first aircraft to earn National Trust for Historic Preservation award.
Search Terms Delta Air Lines
Douglas DC-3
Logo, Delta Winged Triangle
Subjects Aircraft
Airplanes
Credit line Delta Air Lines
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