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Throwback Thursday: Retiring Flagship Fort Worth in 1949

The DC-3 Flagship Fort Worth in American Airlines’ fleet was retired in April, 1949.
The DC-3 Flagship Fort Worth in American Airlines’ fleet was retired in April, 1949.

It was the last of American Airlines’ DC-3 fleet.

On March 31, 1949, American retired its “Flagship Fort Worth” aircraft with a final flight from El Paso to Fort Worth. According to the caption of the photo that ran in the April 1 edition of the Star-Telegram, American replaced the aircraft with a new Convair twin-engined transport which assumed the name.

Here’s the caption that ran with the photo.

The Old and the New - the Flagship Fort Worth, last of the famed prewar DC-3 fleet of American Airlines was retired Thursday night in a short ceremony at Municipal Airport after its last flight, El Paso to Fort Worth. Replacing the retired airship was a new Convair twin-engined transport which will carry the Fort Worth name. Left to right, under the nose of the retired DC-3 are Capt. Art Fox, First Officer Pat Preston and Stewardess Margaret Van Bibber, crew of the last flight; M.D. Miller, regional vice president in charge of sales; Amon Carter, William Holden, Chamber of Commerce executive vice president, and five of the passengers who made the last flight. At the right under the nose of the new Convair are Capts. Frank Havnes, William Borgers, Stewardess Dena Chapple and First Officer Ed Schwarting.”

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