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Flying from Los Angeles to New York in the 1930s

Air Passengers from New York to Los Angeles in the 1930s left Newark, New Jersey, typically endured a trip of 25 hours, refueling four times, making at least one change of plane and as many as 15 stops. The planes could seat only 20 passengers and were not pressurized. With the introduction of the Douglas DC-3 for passenger travel by 1935, the trip was cut to about 19 hours, refueling only three times and the entire trip in a single plane.

Douglas DC-3 on Dislay at Flight Path Museum & Learning Center, Los Angeles International Airport. Los Angeles Almanac Photo.