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From Civil Aeronautics Authority (CAA) to FAA

A Memorable Aircraft

DC-3 aloftThe uniquely serviceable Douglas DC-3 was a classic that achieved lasting popularity worldwide. In 1941, the CAA acquired the first of the many DC-3s that it used for flight inspection, research, and administrative transport.

In the photo at right, N-34 flies over Oklahoma City decked in CAA colors.

This particular DC-3, however, belonged to the Navy before its transfer to FAA in 1963. N-34 performed quality assurance and facility certification checks on the Nation's airways before serving for several years as an FAA exhibit at air shows. Now retired from active service, it is slated for a new role as a museum display.

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