A piece of flying history – the Flagship Detroit – made a stop at the Tulsa Air and Space Museum. The Flagship Detroit is a Douglas DC-3 aircraft built in 1937.
It’s one of the original flagship airplanes used by American Airlines in the 30’s and 40’s. The Flagship Detroit is a historical aircraft and is esteemed as the “World’s Oldest Flying DC-3.”
It flew in service for American Airlines from 1937-1944. Former Chief Pilot of American Airlines, Zane Lemon, and a group of other pilots had been on the hunt for a DC-3 for years. When they found the Flagship Detroit, it was in service as a mosquito sprayer.
The Flagship Detroit is beautiful aircraft that has been meticulously restored to its original glory. Workers at the American Airlines maintenance base in Tulsa hand-built exact replica seats to place in the Flagship Detroit.
The Tulsa Air and Space Museum will soon unveil its own bit of “Flagship” history. There’s a team of volunteers working right now on a major restoration project of the Flagship Tulsa, soon to be on exhibit at the Museum.