The Douglas DC-2 began a revolution in air transport in the 1930s. It introduced new standards in speed, comfort and efficiency and led to introduction of the larger DC-3.

Four DC-2s were imported into Australia in the late 1930s.

The Douglas DC-2 was designed in response to the slightly earlier Boeing 247.

The first one made its premier flight 11 May 1934 and they entered service with TWA a week later.

With their speed and comfort they were immediately popular with passengers and the airlines. A total of 198 were manufactured.

After the government lifted its ban on importing American aeroplanes in 1935 four DC-2s were imported in 1936 and 1937.

They flew on Australia’s main air routed in conjunction with four DC-3s.

The first Australian DC-2 was the Bungana which began flying locally in April 1936, popularizing modern civil aviation in Australia.

This model represents VH-USY (Bungana) flying for Holymans Airways in April 1936.

MPM 1/72 kit with home made decals completed by Leigh Edmonds in October 2016.


MODEL: Douglas DC-2 (Holymans Airways, VH-USY, 1936)

ROLE: Airliner

TIME PERIOD: 1934-1960s

ENGINES: two Wright GR-1820-F53 Cyclone radial piston engines of 540kW each

WING SPAN: 25.9m

LENGTH: 18.9m



RANGE: 1,600km

PAYLOAD: 14 passengers

CREW: 2 to 3

SCALE: 1/72


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