Catalina Flying Boats’ two DC-3s
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Two DC-3s Keeping History Alive

Catalina Flying Boats’ two DC-3s, half a century old, sit on the runway ready to continue cargo service between the island and Long Beach. (LUIS SINCO / Los Angeles Times)
Pilot Jose Diaz, 29, returns to Long Beach base in a DC-3. About 300 of the planes are still operating in the United States. (LUIS SINCO / Los Angeles Times)
Crew members unload supplies that have been flown over for Santa Catalina Island businesses. (LUIS SINCO / Los Angeles Times)
Pilot Jose Diaz conducts pre-flight check prior to taking off in one of two DC-3s twice his age. (LUIS SINCO / Los Angeles Times)
Catalina Flying Boats pilot Jose Diaz fires up engines of one of the half-century-old DC-3s. (LUIS SINCO / Los Angeles Times)
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