Dakota G-DAKK coming back in business
Douglas DC-3C-S1C3G c/n 9798 G-DAKK with the livery of former airline Sout Coast Airways at the Aviodrome museum at Lelystad airport in The Netherlands (EHLE) on 16 February 2013. The aircraft had arrived flying at Lelystad airport in 2006 and was intended to perform pleasure flights but stood idle at the museum's premises for years instead. Recently its new Dutch operator Classic Wings, which also operates an Antonov AN-2, started a renovation project to bring the DC-3 back in airworthy condition. The stripped fuselage was transported to German airport Weeze and wings and tail went to Teuge airport in The Netherlands for renovation. The aircraft was built as a Douglas C-47A-35-DL for the US Air Force with Fiscal year number 42-23936. Its first assignment was with the 8th Air Force in North Africa. In 1944 it took part in the D-day Normandy landings and the battle of Arnhem during operation Market Garden. After the war it served with Czech airline CSA, the French Navy and French airline Stelair, before it went to Britain with Air Atlantique and later South Coast Airways. After South Coast Airways stopped trading in 2002 General Technics Ltd in Great Britain became the new owner before Dutch Classic Wings purchased the aircraft.
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