DOUGLAS DC-3, OSHKOSH, WISCONSIN, JULY 31, 2009
SMC Pentax-F* 300mm f4.5 ED (IF)
The last time I flew in this classic airliner of the 1940s and 1950s was as a passenger at an air show in Upland, California, in 1998. I sat in a rearmost seat and felt every touch of rudder input by the pilot, especially on takeoff. Many scores of the type survive, and I counted five of them -- one in olive drab U.S. Army Air Forces C-47 dress -- at the big Oshkosh fly-in this summer.