The Museum of Flying at the Santa Monica Airport and the American Aviation History Society will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the maiden flight of the Douglas DC-3 from Santa Monica Airport Friday, Dec. 17.

The commemorative event will be held from noon to 3 p.m. at the Santa Monica Airport on the southeast transient tie-down area directly adjacent to the airport administration building.

The celebration is open to the public and will feature DC-3 aircraft on display, along with a formal presentation and dedication of a commemorative plaque marking the 75th anniversary of the first flight.

The maiden flight of the propeller-driven DC-3 from Santa Monica Airport occurred on Dec. 17, 1935 to coincide with the 32nd anniversary of the first powered flight by Orville and Wilbur Wright in 1903.

According to Wikipedia, the DC-3 is generally regarded as one of the most significant transport aircraft ever made. The DC-3 aircraft made commercial air travel safe, convenient, and a fairly swift way to travel across the country, according to the Museum of Flying.

The anniversary commemoration is a collaborative effort produced by the American Aviation History Society and the Museum of Flying.

The DC-3 aircraft “Flabob Express” will be available for flights from 10 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 3 p.m. Individual tickets will be sold for $250. To make reservations, (714) 549-4818, orwww.aahs-online.org.

In addition to the display aircraft, there will be exhibits on Douglas aircraft and the history of the Santa Monica Airport.

From its inception to the end of production, more than 10,000 DC-3 aircraft were built. The United States Army Air Corps version played a key role in World War II, a Museum of Flying spokesperson said.

Currently, more than 1,000 DC-3s are still in operation worldwide.

Information, Museum of Flying at (310) 398-2500.

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