This Day in Aviation History
February 20th, 1939
First flight of the Douglas DC-5.

The Douglas DC-5, probably the least known of the famous DC airliner series, was a 16 to 22 seat, twin-engine propeller aircraft intended for shorter routes than the Douglas DC-3 or Douglas DC-4. However, by the time it entered commercial service in 1940, many airlines were canceling orders for aircraft. Consequently, only five civilian DC-5s were built. With the Douglas Aircraft Company already converting to World War II military production, the DC-5 was soon overtaken by events, although a limited number of military variants were produced…..

Wikipedia, Douglas DC-5:

For further reading, please check out Henry M. Holden’s article on the DC-5:

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