Date: 17 Dec 97 11:10:48 From: email@example.com (JohnMcGrew) Organization: AOL http://www.aol.com References: 1
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firstname.lastname@example.org (Stephen H. Westin) wrote: >I just happened across a book in the library: a history of airlines. >WHile leafing through, I found a photo of a Douglas DC-5. This was a >2-engine, high-wing, tricycle-gear monoplane. Apparently the first one >was delivered to KLM's West Indies division in the spring of 1940; these >planes were transferred to the Far East as WW II advanced. At that >point, KLM had bought at least one of every airliner Douglas had >produced. An interesting aside: One DC-5 purchaser/user was none other than William Boeing, founder and former president of Boeing, who used the plane for years as a personal transport. The DC-5 was one of the first planes to be specifically designed as a "commuter" airliner. Unfortunately for the DC-5, that role would be dominated by the tens-of-thousands of surplus DC-3s available after the war.