January 4th, 2013

Dodger Plane

January 4, 1957 – The Dodgers become the first team to own their own aircraft when the team buys a 44-passenger two-engine airplane for $775,000. Walter O’Malley added to the order of Eastern Air Lines to purchase the plane directly the Convair factory, with the assistance of his friend, Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker, president of Eastern Airlines. Eastern had ordered 20 planes from the Convair factory in San Diego. The Dodger plane was equipped with automatic pilot, the only difference from the other 20 planes, along with “Brooklyn Dodgers” in script on the side. The Dodgers took delivery of the plane in March 1957.