Gujarat Global News Network, Ahmedabad
A resplendent reception ceremony was held today at AF Station Jamnagar to mark the arrival of fully refurbished World War – II era Dakota DC3 aircraft. Built in 1944, the aircraft served in military with the Royal Air Force and was also operated by various civil airlines.
The vintage military transport aircraft which played a crucial role in the 1947 Indo-Pak War, carried supplies and refugees and also carried the troops of Indian Army’s 1st Sikh Regiment to Srinagar on 27 Oct 1947 to intervene in time to save the valley of Kashmir and Poonch from Pakistan. Dakotas flew their last missions in the eighties and finally retired from the IAF in the year 1987.
The aircraft has been gifted to the Indian Air Force by Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar MP (Rajya Sabha) whose father Air Commodore MK Chandrasekhar VM VSM (Retd) was a veteran Dakota pilot in the IAF. This particular aircraft was salvaged from scrap in 2011 and restored to flying condition in UK by Chandrasekhar for gifting it to the IAF.
The aircraft commenced its ferry from UK on 17 April. It will be carried to Air Force Station Hindon for induction into the Vintage Aircraft Flight of the IAF formed in the year 2012. The flight was formed with the initial induction of Tiger Moth aircraft and subsequently the Harward aircraft in 2015.
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