Photos: Vintage military aircraft Dakota reaches India

A fully refurbished Dakota DC3l, a World War II-era vintage military transport aircraft, landed at the Air Force station in Jamnagar in Gujarat on April 25, 2018. 

Apr 26, 2018, 00:38 AM IST

A fully refurbished Dakota DC3l, a World War II-era vintage military transport aircraft, landed at the Air Force station in Jamnagar in Gujarat on April 25, 2018. 

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A large fleet of Dakota DC-3 served in the IAF till 1988. It was one of the most versatile transport aircraft of its time.

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Dakotas had played a crucial role in the 1947-48 Indo-Pak war, especially in ferrying the Indian troops to Srinagar.

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The aircraft was obtained from scrap in 2011 and was restored to flying condition in the UK.

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The aircraft has been gifted to the IAF by Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar, whose father, Air Commodore M K Chandrasekhar was a Dakota pilot in the IAF.

 

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The aircraft commenced its flight from Coventry in the United Kingdom on April 17 and reached IAF station Jamnagar on Wednesday.

(Photos courtesy - Twitter/@IAF_MCC)

 

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