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DC-3 Aviation Fine Art Photography

Photographic art is the practice of creating artworks by recording light or other electromagnetic radiation, either electronically by means of an image sensor or chemically using a light-sensitive material such as photographic film. The resulting images are called photographs.


Aviation photography is a broad, generic term that includes photographs taken while “up in the air” or from an airplane or helicopter already in the air. However it isn’t all about airplanes though, it might just be an aerial shot of birds flying or nature such as waterfalls. Aviation photography is one of the fastest-growing disciplines in photography today, and for good reason: There is nothing else like it. The passion of pilots, the beauty of aircraft, and the drama of flight make for some incredible images.





Douglas DC-3 plane The Douglas DC-3 was the most successful aircraft of its time for American Airlines, Northwest Airlines, and Pan Am. The DC-3 is credited with opening the way to suburbia for many Americans and was used to transport troops during World War II and the Korean War. This is a tribute to this wonderful aircraft. Douglas Dc-3 Plane was manufactured by the Douglas Aircraft Company and introduced by American Airline in 1930. It has a range of 2400 km with a cruise speed of 333km/h.

The DC-3 plane is also called “Sky Sleeper'' because it is a spacious plane with more than 14-bed for the passengers or troops. The DC-3 could carry more than 21 passengers and was a major contributor to the Allies' combat efforts. DC-3 is also the advanced version of the DC-2 plane.

Modernization of DC3 took place in the late ‘70s when full analog flight instruments were modernized to Garmin G1000 avionics and autopilot system, including weather radar. DC3 was chosen because of its versatility, fuel efficiency, airframe and crew comfort, safety, and low-cost operation. These conditions made the aircraft an ideal choice for airline operators requiring safe, comfortable, and most efficient transportation service to remote destinations on Earth.

This plane became the standard for commercial aviation through World War II and beyond. Its lasting impression on the airline industry and World War II makes it one of the most significant transport aircraft ever made.





DC-3 Commercial Transport In 1933, the Douglas Aircraft Company developed a short-haul commercial transport aircraft. The DC-3 (Douglas Commercial 3) was transformed into a military transport in 1940, soon gaining fame as the C-47. It was used extensively during World War II. After the war, many DC-3s remained in service, and thousands were converted for commercial purposes including passenger services and cargo transport as well as for fire fighting duties.

Today, the Douglas DC-3 is a landmark aviation achievement. It introduced more innovations, firsts, and record breakers than any other airplane before or since. In 1935, William Boeing and Donald Douglas independently set out to build a commercial transport that could cross the country in half a day. They'd come to depend on each other's successes and failures in their respective ventures of civil aviation and had become acquainted with each other upon the frequent cross- country trips they made. In March of 1935, they combined efforts in an attempt to produce the most advanced airliner of its day, to be called the Boeing 247D & Douglas 235D. When ordering materials for the design, both companies realized that it would be beneficial for both aircraft if a common material could be used for all major parts and assemblies, such as wings. This resulted in The D-2 and D-3 series of aircraft, which were essentially the same airframe with different engines