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Flagship Detroit: Flying in the past

Captain Gene Christian, pilot for the DC-3 Flagship Detroit, inspects the prop to the oldest flying DC-3 in the world. It will be parked at the Covington Municipal Airport until the end of August. It was first placed into service in March 1937, and recently restored to its original condition after service as a mosquito spray plane. Christian said she was a 76-1/2-year-old lady who still looks pretty good. For more information go to www.FlagshipDetroit.org. The plane can be viewed parked at the airport or if groups desire tours, contact Christian at 770-403-4709. Staff photo: Lee Depkin

Captain Gene Christian, pilot for the DC-3 Flagship Detroit, inspects the prop to the oldest flying DC-3 in the world. It will be parked at the Covington Municipal Airport until the end of August. It was first placed into service in March 1937, and recently restored to its original condition after service as a mosquito spray plane. Christian said she was a 76-1/2-year-old lady who still looks pretty good. For more information go to www.FlagshipDetroit.org. The plane can be viewed parked at the airport or if groups desire tours, contact Christian at 770-403-4709. Staff photo: Lee Depkin

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The interior of the DC-3 has been restored to its configuration as when it was in service for American Airlines. The 21-seat plane revolutionized commercial air travel and made it practical. Staff photo: Lee Depkin

The oldest flying DC-3 in the world will be parked at the Covington Municipal Airport until the end of August. It was first placed into service in March 1937, and recently restored to its original condition after service as a mosquito spray plane.