It's not every day you get to fly on a WW2-era transport aircraft, much less one in such mint condition as this Bolivian Super DC-3 belonging to Líneas Aéreas Canedo.
Built in 1944 for the US military, in time to see brief use in the war, it was subsequently modified to Super DC-3 standard in 1952. The conversion involved DC-6 engines, gear doors to stow the wheels, clipped wing tips and a smaller tail, all of which modestly boosted performance.
Acquired by Captain Rolando Canedo in 2002, this aircraft--the sole DC-3 of this variant to ever exist--was registered CP-2421 and wet-leased more than once to flag carrier AeroSur for tourist flights to the Uyuni salt flats.
Throughout 2009, CP-2421 has flown solely charter flights for Mr Canedo's family-run airline itself. On this occasion, my friend and host in Cochabamba, Jonathan Olguin, organised for a group of three of us to fly on the empty aircraft from Cochabamba to Santa Cruz-El Trompillo where it would fill will 32 Brazilian tourists and continue to the border town of San Matías. For the modest fare of 200 Bolivianos a head, Mr Canedo kindly agreed to let us have the aircraft to ourselves for 65 minutes.
This video documents the highlights of this extremely rare experience, so sit back and enjoy this journey back in time.
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