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Aboard the 75-year old royal PH-PBA dakota

Oct. 19, 2019 -

As a wonderful birthday gift I was honoured to fly in a DC-3 classic plane. It was the 75-year old PH-PBA, a C-47A Skytrain or Dakota, formerly owned by H.R.H. Prince Bernhard from The Netherlands. It's a very special plane operated by the enthusiastic people from the Dutch Dakota Association (DDA Classic Airlines). Read along for some aviation history!

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Rosie the Riverters work on the C-47 at the Douglas Plant in Oklahoma City (1944, Tinker Air Force Base History Office)
Rosie the Riverters work on the C-47 at the Douglas Plant in Oklahoma City (1944, Tinker Air Force Base History Office)
Electrical generator control panel inside the platform car
Electrical generator control panel inside the platform car
Flying over the Zuidermeerdijk near Urk, with the Ketelbrug visible crossing the water
Flying over the Zuidermeerdijk near Urk, with the Ketelbrug visible crossing the water
PH-PBA wing over Friesland, the Markermeer on the horizon
PH-PBA wing over Friesland, the Markermeer on the horizon
Inside the cabin you have a clear view into the cockpit as there is no door separating the pilots from the passengers
Inside the cabin you have a clear view into the cockpit as there is no door separating the pilots from the passengers
Volunteers preparing the Pratt & Whitney R-1830 Twin Wasp aircraft engines for ignition
Volunteers preparing the Pratt & Whitney R-1830 Twin Wasp aircraft engines for ignition

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