Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum now offers an ongoing docent-led Douglas DC-3 aircraft tour program

McMinnville, Oregon, May 17, 2018 – On Friday, May 18, the Museum opens its historic Douglas DC-3 static display aircraft for ongoing interior tours. Museum docents will share general aircraft details and background information during each tour, in addition to stories about the history of the Museum’s DC-3.

The tours also honor the 100th anniversary of airmail service in the United States by featuring our DC-3, an aircraft that flew US Air Mail in the late 1930’s. Mail flights helped airlines develop the tools necessary to carry passengers profitably.

Called “the greatest aircraft ever built” by Museum Development Director Julia Cannell, the DC-3 is known as one of the first modern airliners. The DC-3 instantly made every other passenger aircraft obsolete. Curator Terry Juran names the DC-3 “one of the two most versatile airplanes ever created.”

The Museum’s DC-3A—serial number 1910—has a remarkable pedigree: The 33rd DC-3 built, it was delivered to United Air Lines in 1936, and named “Mainliner Reno.” Currently the second-oldest surviving Douglas DC-3, it was also the first to be fitted with Pratt & Whitney supercharged engines. It has flown more than 15 million passenger miles during its lifetime, equivalent to 30 round-trips between the Earth and the moon.

DC-3 tours are free with Museum admission. Tours run daily, and last approximately 10-15 minutes.

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Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Call 503-434-4180 or visit www.evergreenmuseum.org for more information.

Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is best known as the home of the world’s largest wooden aircraft, the Hughes Flying Boat “Spruce Goose.” The Museum collection also includes a rare SR-71 “Blackbird,” and the Titan II SLV Missile–with its original launch room, and a new full-motion interactive flight simulator ride. Discover more than 150 historic aircraft, spacecraft, and exhibits on display, along with artwork and traveling exhibits. The Museum values its educational partnerships, which include the Academy of Model Aeronautics, the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab, the Oregon Space Consortium and the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program. The Museum is located at 500 NE Captain Michael King Smith Way, across the highway from the McMinnville Airport and about three miles southeast of McMinnville, Ore., on Highway 18. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @evergreenmuseum for the latest updates.