So I looked at the schedule for the Yankee Air Force to see when the Yankee Lady would be flying next and I found out that she was flying last Saturday. I was going to catch her and then go catch the Wolverine at Chelsea.
The first design was the DC-1 in 1933. It was a promising design but not quite competitive. The DC-2 was developed in 1934. It was a success but could could use some improvement. The DC-3 resulted from a call from American Airlines looking for a sleeper plane. The DC-2 would work but it wasn't quite wide enough.
The DC-3 first flew on December 17, 1935 and was introduced to service in 1936. The DC-3 was almost an instant hit. A total of 16,000 variants of the DC-3 were produced. In 1998, there were still 400 left in commercial service somewhere. The oldest DC-3 in flight is called Flagship Detroit and was built in 1937. It can still be seen at airshows. There are still quite a few flying and it is an awesome aircraft.