Rosie the Riveter was here
Five hundred thousand rivets were used in the manufacture of the Douglas DC-3/C-47 airplane. The average size used in the manufacture was approximately 3-8 inches long, and if laid end-to-end, the rivets would cover a distance of 15,625 feet or more than three miles.
A tribute to the men and woman who built the DC-3/C-47 on the 75th Anniversary of this legendary aircraft.
Douglas Aircraft made the first flight of its new DC-3 on Dec. 17, 1935 – the 32nd anniversary of the Wright brothers’ first successful flight. More than 14,000 of the type were built, with some 10,000 of them used extensively in all World War II operations theaters carrying the C-47 designation. General Dwight D Eisenhower identified the DC-3/C-47 as one of the keys to the Allies' victory. Thousands of those airp lanes went into civilian service after the war in countless applications, from freight to fire suppression.Hundreds of DC-3s are still in service today.