NC33611, Clipper Tabitha May will make her first post-restoration appearance at Become A Pilot Day. This will be the first of ten scheduled appearances for 2013. Employees and family members of Pan American World Airways are encouraged to come out and see this magnificent airplane and to sign the “PAA Family Guest Book.”
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 has just completed a two year long restoration 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.