DC-3 Flagship Detroit

DC-3 Flagship Detroit

Welcome aboard the airliner that transformed air travel in the United States, the Douglas DC-3. Manufactured in 1937, the Flagship Detroit was the 21st of 84 DC-3’s delivered to American Airlines and operated between 1936 and 1947. She was restored as a flying tribute to employees and is flown by retired American Airlines’ pilots, who will appear in period-uniforms. The Flagship Detroit has the honor of being the oldest flying DC-3 in the world today.


  • Flagship Detroit was manufactured in 1937 and was accepted by American Airlines on March 2, 1937!
  • Flagship Detroit is the oldest flying DC-3 in the world!
  • It was the 21st of American Airlines 84 DC-3’s operated from 1936 to 1947!
  • The "DC" in DC-3 stands for Douglas Commercial!
  • Including military versions of the DC-3 in World War II there were over 10,000 built!

DC-3 Flagship Detroit FAST FACTS:

Manufacturer: Douglas

Engines: Two Wright R-1820 Cyclone 9-cylinder air-cooled radial piston engine, 1,350 horsepower each

Length: 64 feet, 8 inches

Height: 16 feet, 11 inches

Wingspan: 95 feet, 2 inches

Maximum Speed: 230 miles per hour

Ceiling: 23,000 feet

Range: 1,500 statute miles

Maximum Takeoff Weight: 25,199 pounds

Crew: 2

Capacity: 21-32 passengers

Unit Cost: $79,500 (equivalent to $1,372,147 in 2015)

Website: https://www.flagshipdetroit.org/