Clipper Tabitha May (NC33611)
NC33611 was formerly a USAF VIP Transport but was sold to CBS corporation as their corporate airplane. She subsequently flew air tours of the Grand Canyon, familiarization flights with the Experimental Aircraft Association, and then spent the last part of her career flying for ERA Alaska Airlines out of Anchorage, AK. After being retired as the last passenger carrying airline DC-3 in the United States, she spent five years awaiting a new home before being purchased by Robert S. Randazzo and PMDG Flight Operations. She completed a two year long restoration in 2013 that included a full mechanical refit, two new engines and fresh paint in the 1945 colors of Pan American World Airways. She carries the registration number NC33611, a number that was originally applied to one of PAA’s early DC-3 in 1941 and bears the name Clipper Tabitha May. PAA’s colors were chosen to honor Captain Larry Hunsberger, who began his career with PAA in 1955, ultimately retiring from United Airlines in 1997.
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