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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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The PH-PBA taking Queen Juliana and Prince Bernhard to Belgium, May 1960 (Ministerie van Infrastructuur en Waterstaat)
The PH-PBA taking Queen Juliana and Prince Bernhard to Belgium, May 1960 (Ministerie van Infrastructuur en Waterstaat)
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, powered by a German built Deutz diesel engine, used to start the R-1830 engines
Electrical generator, powered by a German built Deutz diesel engine, used to start the R-1830 engines
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
Flying over the village of Heeg with IJlst en Sneek visible on the horizon
Flying over the village of Heeg with IJlst en Sneek visible on the horizon
KLM Captain flying the C47-A PH-PBA over the Markermeer
KLM Captain flying the C47-A PH-PBA over the Markermeer

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