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Travel memories: have your say

Remembering the original business travel workhorse

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The DC-3 has been flying since December 1935.

70 YEARS IN THE AIR

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(CNN) -- Business Traveller's recent look at the 70th anniversary of the classic DC-3 "Dakota" aircraft has stirred memories for many executives of a golden era of travel.

Some remembered the plane for its reliability, some for its distinctive smell and others, more prosaically, for its lack of a toilet.

Perhaps you also have fond recollections of this original aviation workhorse. Have your say with CNN.

"During the mid 50's my father worked for Philippine Airlines and when we would travel around the Philippines it would sometimes be a DC-3," says Bob Anderson of Overland Park, Kansas.

"I still have memories of my brother an I getting down on our hands and knees as we went up the aisle to our seats.

"And I'll never forget the billows of smoke and the acrid smell of oil and gas on startup as well as the droning of the radial engines as it plodded through the skies."

Bill O'Connor of Union City New Jersey saw active service alongside the DC-3's military equivalent -- the C-47 -- as a member of the U.S. Air force.

"I was an electrical specialist in the USAAF in the South West Pacific Theater during World War II, and worked on many of the planes of that era.

"I flew in many of them,including the C-47. Later, in the 50's and 60's, I flew in the DC-3 passenger version on Southern Airlines a few times."

John Shepardson, of Niantic, Connecticut has rather more eye-watering memories of the Dakota.

"In 1946, my sister and I flew in an American Airlines DC-3 from Knoxville to La Guardia with about five puddle-jumping stops in-between.

"My poor sister was suffering from an intestinal upset that required frequent visits to the john, of which the plane had none.

"So at each stop my sister would visit the airport ladies' room while I made sure the plane didn't take off. The AA personnel cooperated and we completed our trip safely, but somewhat uncomfortably."

Ric Canizares of Surrey in Canada's British Columbia, also recalls flying in DC-3s over the Philippines.

"I will never forget the exhilaration of my first airplane ride on board a Philippine Airlines DC-3 in the early 60s.

"I was a boy of six then, but I remember the strong smell of the leather seats, and walking up the aisle, from the rear of the plane, towards my seat.

"Buckling up and watching the left propeller turn as the pilot started the engine for take-off gave me that tingle of excitement and anticipation that only little children can know."

Alan Young of Arlington, Washington recalls flying in a C-47 over Vietnam in 1969, scattering propaganda during the U.S. military action in the Southeast Asian country.

"I can't remember a mission not flown due to mechanical problems. She was a grand old girl and I found it a real pleasure to have been able to have so many hours with her," he said.

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