A historic DC-3 aircraft will soon be on permanent display at Santa Monica Airport as a tribute to Donald Wills Douglas and the Douglas Aircraft Company.
The monument is provided through a joint partnership of the Employees Community Fund of Boeing California, the City of Santa Monica, the Museum of Flying, and the DC-3 Monument Committee. Construction on the project began in November.
The aircraft monument will be at 3100 Airport Ave., on the south side of the Santa Monica Airport. The featured attraction will be a DC-3 that was manufactured at the Santa Monica plant and delivered in February 1942. The first DC-3 flew in 1935.
“This monument is the culmination of a longtime dream of restoring the vibrant history of the Douglas Aircraft Company and the role it played in the development of the City of Santa Monica for the citizens of today, and we are delighted that these partners recognized the importance of the project and have come together to make it possible,” said Robert Trimborn, Santa Monica Airport manager.
The aircraft, dubbed Spirit of Santa Monica, will be elevated on concrete pylons and positioned in a takeoff bank that will make for a “compelling presentation,” a Museum of Flying spokesman said. Directly underneath the aircraft will be a concrete compass rose.
The area surrounding the aircraft will include landscaped walkways, park benches and a bronze sculpture of Donald Wills Douglas and his dog Bar, which was commissioned by the Employees Community Fund of Boeing California with sculptor Yossi Govrin.
The DC-3 Monument will serve as a permanent reminder of the important role that the Douglas Aircraft Company played in the advancement of commercial and military aviation and will include display panels that help illustrate how the City of Santa Monica developed from the early 1920s through 1960s, according to the Museum of Flying.
The Employees Community Fund of Boeing California is a major sponsor. Morley Builders assisted with the planning of the project and Benchmark Contractors will serve as the general contractor.
Andresen & Andresen was the project architect.
The DC-3 aircraft was donated by David G. Price, chairman of the Museum of Flying.
The monument will include a Founders Wall inscribed with the names of 1,000 employees, retirees, and friends of the Douglas Aircraft Company who have contributed personally to the project.