I climbed aboard the oldest plane to circle the globe – the Breitling DC-3 – not certain what to expect.
It was built in the 1940s, and everything, with exception of the cockpit, was original.
Breitling, the Swiss-based luxury replica watch brand, stopped at Ellington Airport on Tuesday as part of its six-month world tour that started in March. On board were 500 of the brand’s limited-edition Navitimer watch, which sells for about $8,000. The tour includes 28 countries and 55 cities, and took six months of preparation.
Our pilot, Francisco Agullo, has been flying for swiss Breitling for 17 years and has a passion for historical planes.
“The DC-3 is the only plane that can land on a grass field, carrying 20 passengers on a short runway. No other plane can do that,” he said.