Breitling's DC-3 Makes Stop at AirVenture Oshkosh During Record World Tour

The 77-year-old DC-3 will be the oldest plane to circumnavigate the globe.

Breitling DC-3
Breitling's DC-3 took a break from its world record tour to visit AirVenture 2017 in Oshkosh.Breitling

Breitling's DC-3 is in the middle of its record-breaking world tour, which started in March and ends in September, making a stop at AirVenture Oshkosh and hitting its last stops before its final destination of the Breitling Sion Airshow in Switzerland. The DC-3, at 77 years old, will be the oldest plane to circumnavigate the planet.

During WWII, this DC-3 transported troops and even acted as a temporary bomber on one occasion. It was one of 16,000 DC-3's to roll off the assembly line and is one of the only few remaining in its original configuration. In fact, the only upgrades this DC-3 has seen are the electronics in the cockpit and the seating in the cabin, to comply with FAA guidelines.

Tucked away inside the DC-3 are 500 of Breitling's iconic Navitimer watches, which have tagged along for the entire world tour, meaning these Navitimers will be collectors pieces, featuring a custom engraved World Tour logo.

"We are thrilled to present these limited-edition Navitimer watches to give our customers the opportunity to take a piece of this historic event with them," Breitling USA President Thierry Prissert said. "Having these watches circle the globe on one of the most iconic planes in history allows us to share our passion for aviation with people in the United States.