Sunday, March 31, 2019

Advancements In Aerial Innovation

Today I feature three planes, decades apart. I start with the Douglas DC-3. The DC program has roots going back to 1933, with both military and civilian variants. The DC-3 was taking up the bulk of passenger service by 1939, and in fact these can still be found in operation all over the world today. This one spent thirty eight years in Canadian service, built in 1942 and ultimately donated to the museum in 1983.

Beneath one of its wings is this much newer and smaller plane. The Epervier X-01 is the finished work of 12 mechanical engineering students at the University of Sherbrooke. It dates to 2008.

This is the Bombardier Challenger 604, a unique plane built as an experimental prototype. First flown in 1979, the plane has had modifications for experimental purposes and has been part of the collection here since 2006.

One last view of it. Tomorrow is the Yellow theme day for City Daily Photo, so I'll pick up with the series the day after that, though I do have one artifact from here that features in my post. It can be seen in the background of one of the shots above.


  1. ...that DC3 is a classic, beautiful.

  2. That DC-3 is tiny compared to today’s aircraft. Aviation has come a long way in a short time, no pun intended.

  3. Hubby just said that DC3 saved Germany (Luftbruecke - Berlin, Rosinenbomber, even I know this ;-)...)

  4. If you could learn to fly, would you? I mean as a pilot! Ha ha. I look at these planes and wonder what it would be like.

  5. i love that they look like they have faces. so cool!! i see Sandi's ? ... i think it would be so fun to learn how to fly ... what an adventure .. so so cool!! ( ;

  6. Gosto de apreciar a elegância destas aeronaves
    Um abraço

  7. I've spent many hours on the old DC 3's. They were wrecks when I flew on them but very dependable and safe. I only experienced one problem when it was 45 below and the brakes froze up.

  8. Thanks for all of the info you have been giving us!

  9. Great job on aviation history exhibits and photos ~

    Happy Days to You,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  10. I've never seen the little power-generating propeller...but of course I've been inside buckled down whenever it was being used probably!

  11. I think the best advance in aviation would be to make all safety features standard on every plane and not extra. The recent crashes break my heart.

  12. Que preciosas imágenes. Un saludo desde Andalucía España

  13. @Tom: and well taken care of.

    @Francisco: thank you!

    @Marie: quite true.

    @Iris: that I didn't.

    @Sandi: I'd like to try it.

    @Beth: it would be.

    @Sharon: so do I.

    @Gracita: thanks!

    @Red: I've never been on one.

    @RedPat: you're welcome.

    @Carol: thank you!

    @Barbara: me too.

    @Jeanie: I understand that.

    @Trini: thank you.

  14. Great photos of airplanes. DC-3 in the first photo is particularly beautiful with lights reflecting on it.

  15. For me the Douglas DC3 is the most famous of these three. I don't know if it is an international used name is, but in the Netherlands we call this plane a 'Dakota'. I remember that in 1996 a Douglas DC3 Dakota of the Dutch Dakota Association (DDA) crashed in the Waddensea north of the mainland. All 32 passengers and crew members died.

  16. I was actually a stewardess on a DC-3!

  17. Love these planes. I've skydived out of a DC-3 more than once. :-)

  18. Yes, as others have commented, the DC-3 looks very good.

    All the best Jan

  19. It’s interesting reading your posts and the comments as well! These planes, especially the DC -3, obviously mean a lot to many!

  20. Great collection of planes. I like to see planes but I don't enjoy flying in one.

  21. The museum has a first class collection of planes through the years, fascinating to see william ✨

  22. @Bill: I agree.

    @Tamago: I think so too.

    @Jan: I recall that name being used for it as well.

    @Janey: small world, isn't it?

    @DJan: that would be fun!

    @Jan: yes it does.

    @Sallie: they do, it seems!

    @Nancy: I love flying, but it's been awhile now.

    @Italiafinlandia: quite modern, yes.

    @Grace: I thought so too.