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Blue skies,

Carmelo Turdo, Mark Nankivil and Fred Harl - The Aero Experience Team

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Breitling DC-3 Stops in St. Louis During World Tour on Way to Oshkosh

By Carmelo Turdo
The Breitling DC-3 World Tour continues through the Midwest, arriving at St. Louis Downtown Airport this morning. Pilots Francisco Agullo and Yannick Bovier taxied the iconic Douglas DC-3 to the Jet Aviation St. Louis apron around 10:45am, and the crew's luggage was quickly unloaded and stored for the day.  St. Louis Downtown Airport is a fitting place for such an historic aircraft tour to visit, tracing its origins back to 1929 with the rise of the Curtiss-Wright Corporation and the advances in aviation technology leading to the development of aircraft like the Douglas DC-3.  The Breitling DC-3 is scheduled for a local flight this afternoon, departing tomorrow for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2017.

The Breitling DC-3 was delivered to American Airlines in 1940, served with the USAAF in World War II from 1942-1944, and flew with regional carriers through the 1980s.  It was brought to Switzerland in 2008.  This DC-3 is currently certified to carry passengers and is IFR equipped. 

Here are some views of the arrival at the Jet Aviation St. Louis terminal:

Following the arrival, group photos were taken with Jet Aviation St. Louis staff and the crew at the aircraft:


The Aero Experience thanks Chris Todtenhausen, Jet Aviation St. Louis FBO Manager, and the helpful staff for facilitating our coverage of the Breitling DC-3 arrival today.  Thanks also to the Breitling crew and all those who made the St. Louis leg of the tour possible. 

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