Douglas DC-3 Airplane, N34

  • Also Known As: Douglas serial 33359 also Navy BuNO 99856

  • Address: 10001 American Dr
  • Vicinity: Texas Air and Space Museum, Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport, 10801 Airport Blvd
  • Neighborhood of East Amarillo in Amarillo
  • Travel Genus: Sight
  • Sight Category: Structure



Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1945/00/00 Douglas Aircraft Company Manufacturer Built as a TC-47B for the US Navy by the Douglas Aircraft Company in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
1981/00/00 N34 is withdrawn from flight inspection and assigned to a training program in Oklahoma City, retired in 1983
2014/02/13 DC-3 N34 is flown to Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport, Amarillo, Texas

Data »

Particulars for Douglas DC-3 Airplane, N34:
Historic Use Air facility
Criteria Architecture-Engineering
Area of Significance Engineering
Owner Federal
Criteria Historic Event
Level of Significance National
Sight Category Structure
Vehicle Style Transport Airplane
Area of Significance Transportation

US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration: 29th May 1997

Registry Name: Douglas DC-3 Airplane, N34
Registry Address: 6500 S. MacArthur Blvd., Hangar 10
Registry Number: 97000443
Resource Type: Structure
Owner: Federal
Architect: Douglas Aircraft Company
Architectural Style: Other
Attribute: Transport Airplane
Contributing Structures: 1
Other Certification: Date received-pending nomination
Certification: Listed in the National Register
Level of Significance: National
Area of Significance: Transportation, Engineering
Applicable Criteria: Event, Architecture-Engineering
Criteria Consideration: Significance of less than fifty years
Significant Year: 1945, 1957
Historic Function: Defense
Historic Sub-Function: Air facility
Current Function: Recreation and Culture
Current Sub-Function: Museum

History »

The Douglas DC-3, N34, is a monoplane aircraft built as a TC-47B in 1945 for the U.S. Navy by the Douglas Aircraft Company in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. It has seen continuous use since then, first as a Navy airplane and later as a transport airplane associated with the Federal Aviation Administration's safety inspection program. The Douglas DC-3, N34 is representative of an aircraft type that revolutionized the commercial airline industry and made a significant contribution to the evolution of military aviation during World War II. First designed and built in the mid-1930s, the first DC-3 flew on December 17, 1935, exactly 32 years after the Wright brothers made the first powered airplane flight. More than 10000 DC-3s were manufactured but only 410 are still registered in the United States, making this airplane a rare survivor of a once common aircraft type. Registered in at least 159 separate countries, the DC-3s were utilized in a vast array of duties from luxury transcontinental passenger transports to crop spraying. General features of Douglas DC-3s include all metal fuselage and cantilevered low wing, all metal vertical and horizontal stabilizer, two reciprocating radial engines, fabric covered control surfaces (ailerons, rudder and elevators) and two main landing gear consisting of wheels and tail wheel. The all-aluminum metal low wing was built in three sections with the stub-wing center section integrated into the lower fuselage; it supports the engines, nacelles and landing gear on each side of the fuselage.

Completed in 1945 near the end of World War II, the Navy used the Douglas DC-3, N34 at various worldwide locations as a transport airplane. Among the assignments were London, Rome, Naples, Paris, Algiers, Frankfort, Brussels, Oslo, Stockholm, Dublin, Cairo, Kuwait and Baghdad. Later converted to a R4D-6, it was assigned to the U.S. Navy Utility Transport Squadron Four (VRU-Four) from February 26, 1947 until March 1949 when it was detached from the squadron and returned to the US On April 8, 1947, N34 nosed over in the mud while being taxied out of the only parking area available in London, and both engines had to be changed. While not officially assigned to the Berlin Airlift (1948-1949), it is highly probable that N34 flew into Berlin in support of Operation VITTLES, as most airplanes in the area during that time were pressed into support of the airlift operation. Sometime prior to 1956 the airplane was put into storage by the Navy.

The Navy loaned the airplane, along with four other DC-3s, to the Civil Aviation Administration (CAA), later the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The initial FAA assignment as a flight inspection airplane was to the Southwest Region in Fort Worth, Texas, and later to various other FAA regions. This airplane was operational and photographed with its first CAA livery paint scheme on the ramp at Oakland in August 1958. The airplane retains the same equipment, furnishings and arrangement that were originally installed in 1957. - NPS

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