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Colombia is a country that has been blessed with a fascinating history and beautiful scenery, but it has been plagued by crime, corruption and drug cartels. Huge improvements are turning the country into an up-and-coming tourism destination, even for aviation enthusiasts, as Daniel Johnston discovered when he experienced first-hand a flight on a 75-year-old Douglas DC-3.

The author and two fellow aircraft enthusiasts spent the day flying across Colombia in this 75-year-old turboprop Douglas DC-3 belonging to Aliansa. ALL IMAGES THE AUTHOR

This South American nation has had a long and interesting association with aviation and while many Douglas, Curtiss and ‘Old Smokey’ early jet aircraft types have long since been resigned to the long grass in the far corners of many airfields, a few flying gems can still be found.

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