& Western Air Douglas DC-2-112 NC13720
production DC-2 (out of an initial order for 20) flew on 11 May 1934,
just days after the
commercial air mail flights began again after the disastrous interlude
of the Army Air Mail Service.
Roosevelt was big enough to admit he had made an error (politicians did
that in those days),
decision, and re-awarded air mail contracts to the airlines.
Initially used on the New York
to Chicago route, the new DC-2s
were soon flying the transcontinental Sky
Chief service. This left
New Jersey at 16.00 hrs and arrived in Los Angeles at 07.00 the
following morning (an
elapsed time of
18 hours). Ten more DC-2s were to be delivered to TWA by
1936.. The nice
image above was acquired from TWA
in 1948. In 1935 G.A. Robinson, Managing Director of
Australia was visiting the US with a view to purchasing new aircraft
for his airline. The
below are from his album (courtesy of Bruce Robinson) and were
doubtless taken on a visit
Santa Monica factory early in 1935. The left shot shows TWA fleet
number '326' receiving
its de-icer boot
on the fin, while that on the right is the interior of the aircraft.
Below are wing sets
waiting to be mated with fuselages.