By John Smith • 23 February 2021 • 13:50
The Dakota at Son Bonet
Credit: Asociación Amigos Aviación Histórica
IN 1935, the Douglas Aircraft Company introduced the DC3 which was to be a comfortable passenger aircraft but was converted for wartime use and became known as the Dakota.
More than 80 years later there are still DC3s in the air, used for air shows and also commercial reasons including movement of freight as the aircraft has the ability to land on rough surfaces.
Just three examples are known to exist in Spain and one sits (until recently, abandoned) at the Son Bonet Aerodrome near to Palma which is run for mainly leisure flights by Aena.
A group of enthusiasts known as the Asociación Amigos Aviación Histórica have obtained permission from AENA to restore the aircraft which was built for the USAF in California in 1942 and their Facebook page shows how the works has progressed over the last year.
Thank you for taking the time to read this news article “One of Spain’s last Dakotas is being restored by enthusiasts”.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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