The 1930s

Aircraft Program Evolution

  • Amelia Earhart pilots a Lockheed 5B Vega, becoming the first woman to make a solo transatlantic flight.
  • The Douglas DC3 takes to the air carrying 21 passengers and a crew of 3. It later becomes the first commercial aircraft to operate at a profit without carrying mail.


Alcoa Aerospace Technology Evolution

  • Demand for higher strength alloys leads Alcoa to develop the Alclad 2024-T3 alloy. This weight-saving alloy proves essential to the success of the DC3.
  • Louis Huck invents the first aluminum blind rivet, which was later used in the B-24 bomber. In 1940, he founded Huck Fasteners.
DC3

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The Douglas DC3 takes to the air carrying 21 passengers and a crew of 3. It later becomes the first commercial aircraft to operate at a profit without carrying mail.