IN FOR THE LONG HAUL

LAST OF THE LINE DAKOTA

DAKOTAS JOINED THE RAF IN 1943 AND ONE IS STILL SERVING. KEN ELLIS EXAMINES A QUARTET OF VETERANS

BBMF Dakota ZA947 in the wartime colours of ‘Kwicherbichen’ of 233 Squadron, displaying at Old Warden, Beds.
DARREN HARBAR

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.

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