LAST OF THE LINE DAKOTA
DAKOTAS JOINED THE RAF IN 1943 AND ONE IS STILL SERVING. KEN ELLIS EXAMINES A QUARTET OF VETERANS
Transports, particularly those relegated to second-line duties, tend to have long service lives. The ubiquitous Dakota proved to be so adaptable and robust that many air arms kept them going for decades. There was a time in the 1950s and 1960s when the saying, “the only replacement for a DC-3 is another DC-3” was a truism.