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Dakota aircraft to make maiden appearance on Air Force Day

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New Delhi [India] | October 3, 2018 6:41:36 PM IST
A Dakota aircraft will be participating in the Air Force Day 2018 fly past for the first time.

Other aircrafts such as Tiger moth and Harvard vintage jets will also make its appearance in the air show. Eight standby aircraft will be deployed in the air as replacements if any jet develops a snag. Prominent fighter aircrafts such as - Sukhoi, Jaguar, Mirage and MiG 21s will also participate in the air show. In all, a total of 28 aircraft will be participating in the air display.

A Dakota DC-3 aircraft of 1940's vintage was inducted into the Vintage Aircraft Flight of the Indian Air Force (IAF) in May. A large fleet of Dakota DC-3 served in the IAF till 1988. It was one of the most versatile transport aircraft of its time.

To honour the first Dakota, which transported troops of the first Sikh Regiment to Srinagar in October 1947, during the Kashmir conflict, the IAF has allocated the aircraft with a registration number. Built in 1944, the aircraft served in the military with the RAF and was also operated by various civil airlines.

The aircraft was obtained from scrap in 2011 and was restored to flying condition in the United Kingdom by Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament (MP) Rajeev Chandrasekhar for gifting it to the IAF.

Subsequently, the IAF signed a contract with M/s Reflight Airworks Ltd London for upgrading its navigational systems. The CAS ceremonially accepted the aircraft into the IAF from Chandrasekhar in February. (ANI)

 
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