Hobbymaster 1/200th scale HL1308 Douglas DC-3 “Betsy” Cathay Pacific Airways, “VR-HDB” 1980s. Buy online at Flying Tigers.
The Douglas DC-3 (DC – Douglas Commercial) is considered by many as the aircraft that revolutionized commercial air travel in the 20th Century. The maiden flight of the DC-3 took place on December 17, 1935, the 32nd anniversary of the Wright Brother’s historic flight at Kitty Hawk. Now airlines were able to be profitable without depending on U.S. Mail subsidies and passengers could now fly transcontinental with just one re-fueling stop. There are many DC-3s still flying 75 years after their maiden flights.
Planned as a civil Douglas DC-3 but taken over by the USAAC it was constructed as a C47-DL and delivered in June 1942 and in August 1943 was sent overseas. Late in 1945 it returned to the U.S. and was purchased by a former WWII pilot and nicknamed “Betsy”. On September 24, 1946 the aircraft was sold to the new Cathay Pacific Airways and registered as VR-HDB. In the early 1950s Betsy was sold and passed through several airlines before being bought, repainted in a 1940s CPA scheme and hangs in the Science Museum of Hong Kong.