Captured together American Airlines DC-3 and a Stagecoach, circa 1939
Captured here are visions of the past and future riding side by side– pretty neat. The stagecoach paved the way for the modern day automobile and the DC-3 revolutionized air travel!
It was late 1938 when The DC-3 first took flight. According to the Smithsonian, prior to its introduction, “a flight from New York to Los Angeles typically required 25 hours, more than one airline, at least two changes of planes and as many as 15 stops or so.”
But because of the DC-3, all it took was a single plane to cross the country, usually stopping only three times to refuel. Today, this aviation game changer hangs suspended in the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.