The Douglas DC-2 was the stepping stone between the original Douglas DC-1 prototype and the commercially successful Douglas DC-3. With a capacity of 14 passengers and a range of 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometres), it first flew on 11 May 1934.
Launch customer Transcontinental & Western Air, more familiarly known as TWA, put the aircraft into service a week later on 18 May 1934. Powered by a pair of Wright Cyclone piston engines, it was ordered by airlines predominantly in the USA and Europe.
Douglas DC-2 Videos
Following on from the last video about the Italian Caproni Ca.60 Transaereo flying boat, this time we return to the USA for a look at the Douglas DC-2. First up is a four minute presentation from 2009 of an original 1934 build aircraft painted up as a KLM example.
Next up is a private home movie, which is silent and shot on 16mm film. It shows a flight on an American Airlines aircraft from 1935 and the plane appears from 1 minute and 12 seconds in.
Finally, there is a clip here from the 1934 movie Bright Eyes, starring Shirley Temple. American Airlines provided the aeroplane exterior (not seen here), and a full scale accurate mockup of the cabin was provided by Douglas.
The collaboration of the two aviation companies came about as they figured the movie would promote air travel. Definitely a different era altogether and one we will never get to experience again.
There were just 198 Douglas DC-2s built between 1934 and 1939. As well as TWA and American Airlines, other operators included KLM, Swissair, Deutsche Luft Hansa, LOT Polish Airlines, Eastern Airlines, Pan American-Grace Airways, Japan Air Transport (later Imperial Japanese Airways), Australian National Airways, Braniff and more.
The Dutch example in the video was the last flying DC-2 in the world. Several are on display in museums around the world for those who might want to see one.
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Featured image by Jon Proctor via Wikimedia Commons.