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The Douglas DC-3 is a propeller-driven airliner manufactured by Douglas Aircraft Company, which had a lasting effect on the airline industry in the 1930s to 1940s and World War II. A military variant was made called the Douglas C-47 Skytrain.

Indiana Jones has taken flights on these planes on numerous occasions to a variety of different locations. Several companies flew DC-3 planes including Air East Asia, W. Donovan Corporation and Pan American Airways.



OB1 in Tibet

In the summer of 1936, OB1, a DC-3 flown by piloted by Jock Lindsey, took Indiana Jones and Marcus Brody to Tibet while they looked for Francis Beresford-Hope. Lindsey relaxed in the plane while Jones and Brody found Beresford-Hope's Cave, and met with Alex Beresford-Hope. As the three escaped from some bandits, Lindsey heard Jones yelling, and started the plane. As the plane circled along the valley floor, it bumped over a rough rock, which caused gave a jolt to Brody, Jones, Beresford-Hope and a Tibetan Bandit who had just gotten aboard. The engines died abruptly, and the plane fell off of a cliff. Lindsey was able to restart the engines, and pulled the plane out of a dive and to safety. Flying off, the bandit was forced out with a parachute, and the plane flew to Shanghai, where Jones, Brody and Beresford-Hope left.[1]

In 1936, Indy and Marion Ravenwood used an Air East Asia flight to travel from Nepal to Cairo, Egypt, via Karachi, India and Baghdad, Iraq.[2]

In 1938, Indy and Brody used NC 170GP, Walter Donovan's corporate DC-3, to fly to Venice, Italy, where Henry Jones, Sr., Donovan's project leader in his search for the Holy Grail, had gone missing. The plane flew out from New York City and made stopovers in St. John's (Newfoundland), São Miguel in the Azores, and Lisbon, during which Indiana Jones studied his father's Grail Diary.[3]

Douglas DC-3 SoK DS

A Douglas DC-3 flying in the air

In 1939, Indy used a DC-3 to travel from Chicago to San Francisco to meet with his old friend Archie Tan. Archie gave Indy the Jade Sphere and told him to take it to Panama which he did, taking DC-3 flight there. After recovering a clue in the Temple of the Cosmos, Indy took a DC-3 flight to Paris in search of a Shepherd, a clue which would lead Indy to his former mentor Charles Kingston. After recovering the Shepherd, a note, and escaping German soldiers on board the Orient Express, Indy took a DC-3 flight from Paris to Lukla, Nepal to find his former mentor at the ancient city of Suya Desh.[4]

In September 1943, Lindsey and his pet snake Reggie took the OB1 to the River Nile for a fishing expedition.[5]

In 1957, Jones and Mutt Williams traveled on a series of Pan American Airways planes as they flew from New York City to Nazca, Peru, stopping in Havana, Mexico City and Cusco. They intally started out on a DC-3 but they soon had to fly on the much smaller Antonov An-2 cargo biplane.[6]


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Jock's plane's callsign OB1 is a reference to Jock Lindsey's other plane, OB-CPO, from Raiders of the Lost Ark and a reference to the Star Wars character Obi-Wan Kenobi. Two of Jock's other planes have been misidentified as DC-3 aircraft. G-CFO is indicated as a Douglas DC-3 which isn't credible for the maneuverable two-seater biplane required in the comic story it appears in The Further Adventures of Indiana Jones – "The Sea Butchers: Island of Peril!".[7] OB-CPO from Raiders of the Lost Ark was listed as a DC-3 but that was later corrected to a UPF-2 when the Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar menu was updated.[8]

In Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings, only the DS version features flight sequences so the plane only appears in that version.[4] The music that plays during the sequences is from Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb.[9]

The LEGO Indiana Jones set 7628 Peril in Peru features a Lego version of the plane.

LEGO Indy 2 Honeymoon DC-3 Plane

The plane flying to Honeymoon Island

A similar model from Peril in Peru is used for the intro cinematic for the PSP and DS versions of LEGO Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues (although this version has four engines) which shows Indy and Marion Jones on there way to there to there Honeymoon. The other passengers on the plane are revealed to be all the former enemies and rivals of Indy and, in a brief battle, the plane door is knocked open by Mola Ram and the plane begins descending with all of the the villains falling out of the plane. Thinking fast, Indy searches for solution and he suggests a rubber raft will save them[10] (a reference to a previous adventure)[11] however Marion suggests the more reasonable option of just using two parachutes she found. Indy agrees and the two descend into the ocean while the plane crashes into an island.[10]

LEGO Indy Passenger Jet

The Passenger Jet crashed in Nepal

In the base version of LEGO Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues, a grey version of the plane can be purchased for 50, 000 studs and flown in the Raiders of the Lost Ark Hub world. It can be used as a vehicle in the build your own adventure. It is referred to as the Passenger Jet and is seen in the Intro cutscene for Raiders of the Lost Ark were Jock Lindsey flies Indy to Nepal. The plane gets wrecked after a Sherpa accidently causes him to cash although Indy doesn't seem to notice the crash. Jock promises to fix the plane while Indy goes and finds Marion.[12]

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