The Douglas DC-3, DC-4, DC-6, DC-7, DC-8, DC-9 and DC-10 are well known around the world. They were icons of the development of air travel. They presented fairly logical steps from the early days of mass passenger transport to jumbo jets. The list above is missing a number though. What of the DC-5?

The DC-5 was intended to take on routes shorter than those flown by the DC-3. 12 were built and a number went to KLM, the only airline to fly each and every DC series aircraft. After retiring from day to day participation in the company that bears his name, Bill Boeing enjoyed the outdoors and traveling. To do so one of the planes he bought was the prototype Douglas DC-5. Boeing's aircraft was later pushed into military service in 1942 and designated a C-110, but during its time with Boeing it was equipped with 16 seats and was reported to be comfortable way to travel. Boeing named the plane Rover. WWII intervened and production was stopped before th aircraft could find a wider audiance.

The aircraft saw service around the world. The KLM aircraft were operated primarily in Asia. A number were pivotal in the evacuation of Java during the Japanese invasion. One aircraft suffered damage during the evacuation and was captured, repaired and operated by the Japanese.

Hard use during the war thinned the numbers of the DC-5. The last remaining aircraft made its way to Israel in May 1948 and was used to transport people and cargo. It was also used as a bomber by pushing bombs out of the cargo door. It was known as the "Yankee Pasha - The Bagel Lancer".

Eventually, this final plane was abandoned and became a teaching aid at an aviation school. After its usefulness there ended it was scrapped. The DC-5 is a forgotten aircraft, but it served a good life and had a lot of adventures.

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