RETRO PHOTO: Douglas DST Hits L.A. Streets

Aug 27, 2013 No Comments by

“Oh!” moaned the slightly inebriated gentleman, “What a terrible, terrible wreck!” Standing on a busy corner on Wilshire Boulevard, he stared bug-eyed at the huge air liner which stood–intact–on the lawn of the Ambassador. But it wasn’t a wreck at all, according to the Los Angeles Times of March 10, 1937.

Twelve tons of American Airlines sleeper, veteran of 300,000 miles of transcontinental flying and the world’s largest commercial land plane, had been trucked painstakingly from its Santa Monica factory in the wee hours of the morning.

For the vintage photo and story by the Los Angeles Times, click here.

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