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One of the most famous aircraft of all time, the Douglas DC-3 made its first flight 80 years ago this year, on 17 December 1935. It deserves its place in the annals of aviation history, whether for its role in opening up air travel as a viable commercial proposition, its heroism in all theatres during World War Two, or its longevity thereafter. The type's achievements are legion: plying civil air routes across the world, flying 'over the hump' in the China-Burma-India theatre, dropping paratroops and towing gliders on D-Day and at Arnhem, transporting supplies in the Berlin Airlift, acting as a gunship in Vietnam, and many, many more roles. The DC-3, best-known in military service as the C-47 Skytrain or the Dakota, has been one of aviation's outstanding workhorses, and it continues to be so to this day. The example operated by the Swiss-based Super Constellation Flyers Association and sponsored by Swiss chronograph company Breitling, a great supporter of the Air Tattoo, typifies this. Built for American Airlines in 1940, this DC-3A has now amassed over 74,000 flying hours, and remains in immaculate condition. It will be in the RIAT 2015 static display.

“It was an epic spectacle, as magical as anything you've ever seen in the West End, and as loud as anything you've ever heard at Knebworth.”

Jeremy Clarkson, Television Presenter

“All the thrills, excitement and noise of a Grand Prix, but in the air!”

Jenson Button, Formula 1 Racing Driver

“This is the best airshow!”

Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 Astronaut

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