Douglas DC-7 N303AA
The ultimate in piston engined
airliners, at least so far as American was concerned, was the Douglas
DC-7 and its slightly stretched variant, the DC-7B. Shown above
is the third DC-7 'Flagship Missouri'
delivered in February of 1954. Its four Wright
R-3350 turbo-compound engines allowed 8 hour
non-stop coast-to-coast operations in direct competition with TWA's
Super Constellations. Because
of the delivery of the prop jets and pure jets these majestic aircraft
were only in service for four or
five years. N303AA was broken up for scrap in 1959.