A 1937 American Airlines DC3 aircraft was exhibited at the Flight Path Learning Center and Museum at 6661 W. Imperial Highway at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Monday, September 24th.

Tours of the DC3 were offered to the public, and crew members, wearing uniforms from that era, offered their expertise on board the completely restored aircraft.

The event also included a “heritage flight” out of LAX for those who wanted to experience the thrill of flying around in an original American Airlines DC3. The passengers flew around the Los Angeles area for 45 minutes, departing and arriving back at the Flight Path Learning Center.

The Flagship Detroit, manufactured in 1937, was the 21st of American Airlines’ fleet of 84 Douglas DC3s operated from 1936 to 1947. The Detroit was delivered to American Airlines on March 2nd, 1937.

In August last year the Detroit was located in Virginia and purchased by the Flagship Detroit Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the legacy of one of the most popular aircraft in the history of American Airlines.

The foundation’s goal is to continue to operate and maintain this aircraft as a flying tribute to American Airlines employees, past and present, and to all aviation enthusiasts throughout the country.

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