Model Year: 1943
Construction Number: 32883
Legend Airways' lead
aircraft, serial number 9059, began life configured
as a C-47-DL, military code designation 42-32833.
She came off the line, February 11, 1943 and was
delivered to her station in Oran, Algeria in North
Africa on August 17, 1943. She saw action in the
Mediterranean and European theaters, and was there
for the D-Day invasion when squadrons of DC-3s towed
gliders laden with combat soldiers into battle. Work
orders for the "repair of bullet holes" are still
among her logs. She was transferred to the 8th Air
Force and arrived back in the United States on
August 17, 1945, two years to the day from the time
she touched down in the desert.
At the conclusion of the War, she was
decommissioned, sold into private hands and upgraded
from military freighter to corporate executive
aircraft. She lead a pampered life, flying out of
Shreveport, Louisiana for nearly 25 years. Another
25 years and five owners later, she was purchased by
Erik L. Fleming, President of Fleming Corporation.
N25641 has been totally restored. She went through a
major make over - right down to her original
polished aluminum for that classic '40s - '50s look.
The interior has been gutted and the 14 large,
comfortable club-style chairs have been richly
reupholstered in fabric imported from England. The
carpet is custom made in Spain, the cotton headliner
was woven in France. Avionics are state-of-the-art,
as are the heating and
air conditioning systems. The latest technology in
sound proofing and insulation make her the quietest,
most comfortable DC-3 ever. Her rich hardwood
accents give her interior a very appealing,
The DC-3 is the strongest, safest, most durable
aircraft ever made. The interior harks back to those
early golden days of passenger flight.