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Is There A Stamp For The Dc-3 Aircraft?

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Posted 07/24/2013   11:10 am  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add I Brake For Stamps to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Does anyone know if this is an actual USPS postage stamp release, or is it possibly a cinderella? I can't find it in the Scott catalog...But here it is alright...?



If it is an actual stamp then would someone please post the Scott No. ?


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Posted 07/24/2013   12:16 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Conker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
This one is Scott 3142q from the July 19, 1997 Classic American Aircraft set.
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Posted 07/24/2013   12:17 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Mike33 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Don't have a catalog here at work with me to give the # but that's real and came on a sheet of about 20 different planes. Your album might only have the spot for the whole sheet

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Posted 07/24/2013   12:18 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add wt1 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The stamp is part of the Classic American Aircraft Pane of 20 (Scott 3142). Different airplanes are shown on each of the 20 stamps. The pane was issued on 07/19/1997. The specific stamp scanned above is Scott 3142q.

Actually, the stamp in question had a brief statement about it printed on the gummed side of the stamp as shown:

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Edited by wt1 - 07/24/2013 12:23 pm
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Posted 07/24/2013   12:45 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add wt1 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Also, don't forget the US Postal Card (UXC24) depicting a DC-3:

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Posted 07/24/2013   2:43 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Rileysan to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Is the plane in C25-C31 a DC-3?



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Posted 07/24/2013   3:04 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Buck49 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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Is the plane in C25-C31 a DC-3?

Short answer is no. I'm not able to identify the plane, so it may be an "artist's conception"...I'm not sure why they would need to do that with so many planes available to be drawn. The "triple tail" on this plane was never used on a Douglas plane.

The C32-C33 stamps (and later derivatives) do show a Douglas DC-4 (the successor to the DC-3). The DC-4 sat level on the ground whereas the DC-3 was a taildragger. The DC-3 had two engines whereas the DC-4 had 4 engines. The DC-4 is bigger, but somewhat similar in appearance to the DC-3. The DC-3 was arguably the most commercially successful airplane in history.

Edit: A little research found that the plane in question shown on C25-C31 was "a hodgepodge of planes by different manufacturers...with questionable ability to even fly".
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Posted 07/24/2013   3:30 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add I Brake For Stamps to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks Guys!


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Posted 07/24/2013   5:13 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add ncbuckeye to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
According to the "United States Postage Stamps" issued by the Philatelic Affairs Division of the USPS, the design is "a reproduction of a modern-type transport plane in flight ...."
Since the wheels are partially retracted into the engine nacelle, that is similar to the DC-3 and some models of the Lockheed Electra. The tapering body with tri-vertical stabilizers is reminiscent of the Lockheed constellation. The nose decal and body stripe are similar to that od Eastern Airlines of that period.
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Posted 07/24/2013   5:30 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add wt1 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
You may find this link interesting on the DC-3 depicted on worldwide stamps:

http://www.dc3history.org/stamps.htm
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Posted 07/24/2013   6:06 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add teals1 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Yes, the DC3 was/is an amazing aircraft. Was used in NZ as the National carrier (NAC = National Airways Corporation) before NAC was amalgamated with Air NZ. There are still a few flying in the country mainly for joyrides etc, and a few on plinths around the country.

That's a great site wt1. I have many stamps depicting the DC3 with a view to someday doing a small presentation on this particular aircraft. This will add to may knowledge base. Thanks. Nice US stamp too.

A couple of NZ stamps depicting this wonderful aircraft.




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Edited by teals1 - 07/24/2013 6:12 pm
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Posted 07/24/2013   6:25 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add wt1 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Not stamp related, but another link right from Boeing's website about the history of the DC-3 aircraft:

http://www.boeing.com/boeing/history/mdc/dc-3.page
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Posted 07/24/2013   7:28 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add teals1 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Great, thanks wt1. Will print and store that away with the stamps I have. Allen
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Posted 07/24/2013   7:43 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Gilles le timbre to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
try this reference for a more comprehensive listing http://www.dc3history.org/dcstamps.html
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Posted 07/24/2013   8:20 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add PoStat4evR to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Addenda: The DC-4E (s/n 1601)was a Douglas 3 tailed aircraft in 1936 (the E stood for experimental). It was the only one built to spec for 5 airlines that each put in $100,000 to help Douglas develope the plane. It did have 4 engines however, and according to "McDonnell Douglas Aircraft since 1920, Vol 1" the cost of this craft made the airlines go after the less expnsive DC-4.
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Posted 07/24/2013   11:08 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Buck49 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Not stamp related, but DC-3 related:

Back when Douglas had its 50th anniversary, the local Douglas plant had a big open house featuring a showing of many of its famous planes past and present. They were almost finished restoring American Airlines' DC-3 "Flagship Knoxville" at the time. I was one of only a few people who got to take a ride in that plane before they finished it and it went on display in the C.R. Smith Museum in Fort Worth. I got a t-shirt with a picture on the front, but the back had it misspelled: Flagship Knoxsville!

Great plane, spelled right or not.

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