It might have only been rolling off the production lines for a year, but it was active for 28 years after. The Martin 2-0-2 was designed to replace the DC-3, but was it really up to the task?
It was designed to replace the Douglas DC-3, an iconic propeller-driven airliner that revolutionised the commercial aviation industry with its performance post-WWII. But the Martin 2-0-2 was different to the DC-3 in many ways; some good, some bad. With just 47 produced between 1947-48, it gained its full civilian certificate in 1947 and henceforth was ordered initially by three American-based aircraft companies. But was it in fact a step back from the widely-loved and much famed DC-3?