Reviewed by Debbie Tasker
Together We Fly: Voices from the DC-3 by Julie Boatman Filucci is a collection of stories revealing the experiences and stories of engineers, pilots, mechanics, soldiers, and passengers illustrating the history of the Douglas DC-3. Beginning with Donald Douglas, then runs through the airplane’s development and initial flight test, through its service in World War II and Vietnam, to its current status as an air show favourite.
The book is divided into 30 chapters, each beginning with a short story, followed by a segment that dives deeper into each era, from Douglas’ first exposure to the Wright Flyer in 1909 to the 75th anniversary of the DC-3 on Dec. 16, 2010. The final chapter, called “Roll Call,” tells of the historical background of nearly 30 DC-3s, all in flying condition that attended The Last Time event in Rock Falls, Illinois, in July 2010.
Together We Fly: Voices from the DC-3 is a fantastic book to read for aviation enthusiasts, full of technical information about the airplane, it’s compelling stories and the book is also full of pictures, letters and cutouts from scrapbooks and articles written by Donald Douglas.
Fully enjoyable and well worth the time to read.
Available to buy from Amazon here.