The view: My older sibling and me just having arrived back in Durango, CO (KDRO) after a flight from Durango to Farmington, NM, a total of about 45 air miles, and return!
The pilot: unknown – passenger Michael Kosta, Erie, Colorado
The airplane: DC-3 circa 1958 or 1959
The mission: To experience airline travel in a DC-3 before they were replaced by Convair 580 turboprops.
The memory: My Dad, in his aviation wisdom, wanted us to experience airline travel in a DC-3. I still remember the flight as it was my first in an airliner. We sat on the left side, towards the back and the Stewardess (as they were known then) came down the aisle with her tray of chewing gum for us to use to help keep our ears from popping with the change in altitude. Unexpected bonus: chewing gum! I’m not sure on that short flight we got up THAT high! After the flight, the Captain came out and gave us both a “First Flight” certificate and a set of small plastic wings! Those were the days! This was probably circa 1958 or 1959.