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American Airlines Skysleeper

American Airlines Skysleeper

I believe this is Burbank airport on a rainy day in the early 1940s. The DC3 first in the line is an American Airlines Flagship Skysleeper. These aircraft were equipped with individual berths and required approximately 17 hours to fly coast to coast.

Photo: Don Hall, Sr.

Don Hall
Yreka, CA

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One of my favorite aircraft, officially known as the Douglas Sleeper Transport or DST. The DST had had extra slot windows, visible above some of the main windows. The second plane in line belongs to TWA (note circular logo on nose).

Note the pennant on a short staff outside the copilot's window on the first and (it appears) last ships in line. Unique to American, it was in keeping with their "Flagship" aircraft designations. The copilot ("first officer" today) put the pennant into its socket after landing and took it in before takeoff. If he forgot, the cost of the ruined pennant supposedly came out of his pay. Here's the pennant on American's restored 'Flagship Knoxville':

This movie big shot, Woltz

Thank you for dinner and a pleasant evening. If you'll have your driver take me to the airport, Mr. Corleone is a man who wants to hear bad news immediately.

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