The Last Time has launched a search engine for those who have shared in 75 years of Douglas DC-3 history. The Virtual Reunion Board is a web-based tool on the organization’s website that allows anyone with an interest in the DC-3 to share their connection with the airplane. The tool is designed to serve as a way for people to find each other and plan to join the DC-3’s 75th anniversary events this summer at Whiteside County Airport, in Rock Falls, Illinois, on July 24-26, and at EAA AirVenture 2010 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, on July 27-Aug. 1.
The search functions allow you to look up people in a given age range, occupation, company history, or interest area so that you can connect directly with specific people prior to and during the actual events. Just click on the red “DC-3 Reunion” link on the website’s menu to get started.
“Say you want to get together a group of pilots who flew for North Central Airlines in the 1940s,” says database designer Garrett Massey. “The Virtual Reunion Board allows you to enter those search parameters and find out exactly who plans to attend — or who has simply visited the board — that matches what you’re looking for. It’s a tool for the media and a tool for attendees, bringing together DC-3 people with the media, airplanes, and location.”
Contact information enables people to meet up at the reunion immediately, or to plan to meet at other DC-3 events.
Although nightly events are planned, the central DC-3 Reunion is scheduled for Thursday night at EAA’s Theater in the Woods and will include entertainment, music, and a spotlight of the heroes of the vintage era of aviation that are in attendance.
The Last Time is an organization created for the sole purpose of reuniting flying examples of the Douglas DC-3 and the people associated with them, for one last time. The goal of the organization is to celebrate this aircraft and to honor the people who flew them. For more information: TheLastTime.org.