77 years since the first flight, the Breitling Douglas DC-3 twin-engine propeller plane has set off again on a grand journey around the world. It is planned to complete this legendary passenger plane from March to September 2017. An extraordinary feat that will be forever written into the history of aviation.
On March 9, 1940, the Douglas DC-3 twin-engine propeller aircraft, now painted with Breitling’s iconic colors, completed its first flight in the United States. Three days later, it was delivered to American Airlines and was first used by the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1944, after which it served several North American commercial airlines. In 2008, with the support of Breitling, pilot Francisco Agullo and several aviation enthusiasts bought it back. After restoration, this veteran aircraft returned to the blue sky in perfect condition and became a regular guest at major air shows and Breitling flight events.
In 2017, Breitling decided to launch the Douglas DC-3 Global Tour, completing this important journey in stages by appearing at various air shows and flight activities. The Breitling Douglas DC-3 Global Journey officially kicked off at a press conference on March 9th in Geneva, Switzerland, and was introduced by Francisco Agullo. Breitling Global Deputy General Manager Jean-Paul Girardin pointed out the important role of the Breitling brand in this feat, and announced 500 finely crafted Navitimer limited edition watches that will accompany the Douglas DC-3 Complete this journey around the world and go on sale in the fall of 2017. At that time, every watch delivered to the customer will be accompanied by a certificate signed by the chief executive. The captain of the Breitling Douglas DC-3 airliner will also wear this watch with the engraved ‘Breitling Douglas DC-3 Global Tour’ logo on the bottom of the voyage. The guests who attended the press conference then visited the legendary airliner at the Geneva airport apron, after which the crew began the final commissioning before takeoff.
After the Balkans, Breitling Douglas DC-3 will fly to the Middle East, India, Southeast Asia, China and Japan. In Japan, Iwakuni ‘Friendship Day Air Show’ will also appear as a special guest. Immediately after that, it will fly over the Pacific Ocean to start a US trip, and then return to Europe through Greenland and Iceland, and then arrive at the Breitling Sion Airshow 2017 in Switzerland in September to complete the journey. The 77-year-old Breitling Douglas DC-3 is the aircraft with the longest history of flying around the world, and this new record will be included in the many achievements of this legendary airliner.
Breitling Douglas DC-3 Global Tour once again demonstrates Breitling’s determination to share its extraordinary passion for the aerospace industry with like-minded people around the world.