The Spirit of Santa Monica
Between 1920 and 1975, Donald Douglas’ company—and a southern California city—helped shape aviation history.
- By The Editors
- Air & Space magazine, April 2012
Courtesy Bill Wasserzieher
During its long Santa Monica history, the Douglas Company produced 10,724 airplanes (here,the post-WWII DC-6 transport, which offered travelers a pressurized cabin). The first Cloudster was produced in 1920, and the DC-7, the last of the prop-driven airliners, had its final delivery on December 10, 1958. Noise restrictions then necessitated that jet production be moved elsewhere. Overall, Douglas built more than 44,000 airplanes at all its production locations.