the end of the dakota

  sunny staines 12:19 25 Feb 2008

click here

a great plane in its time, sham to see it retired, often flew in them as a passenger in my younger days.

  Brumas 12:32 25 Feb 2008

The end of an era :o((

  Stuartli 12:33 25 Feb 2008

Fortunately there are still many places in the world where the DC-3 is still flying.

I flew on one in South Africa from J'burg to Kruger National Park - a wonderful experience.

  Bingalau 13:26 25 Feb 2008

Brings back memories to me too. I did my parachute course jumping from one of these things...

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 13:59 25 Feb 2008

"I did my parachute course jumping from one of these things..."

So did I about 35 years ago :0) and jumped from several since.

Wonderful machine I shall miss it.

  Woolwell 14:10 25 Feb 2008

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight still operates a DC3 in its C-47 disguise.
click here

  Bingalau 14:15 25 Feb 2008

Fruit Bat /\0/\ That just goes to show its versatility, I did mine in 1951.

  Bingalau 14:16 25 Feb 2008

Sorry...... For "versitility" substitute "endurance"

  Totally-braindead 14:20 25 Feb 2008

Is it just the commercial ones that are stopped or does this affect the C47 that Woolwell commented on?

  Quickbeam 14:26 25 Feb 2008

I've just looked at the link, and looking at the relatively modern appearance, find it hard to believe that it flew only 30 years after the Wright brothers first flight, and that Charles Lindbergh was involved in the design!

  Woolwell 15:39 25 Feb 2008

Just the commercial ones. Not economically viable to bring them up to modern safety standards for paying passengers.

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