Seventy-five years ago this month, the airplane that laid the foundation for the modern airline industry made its first flight. At a time when the phrase “game-changer” has become a cliche of air show press conferences, it is worth remembering a true game-changer. As ATW  Senior Editor Geoffrey Thomas makes clear in his superb cover story beginning on p. 24, the DC-3 opened the door to the commercial possibilities of air travel. Today, airlines talk about needing a 15% ...

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