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Flying in a DC3

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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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
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)
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
Electrical generator control panel inside the platform car
Electrical generator control panel inside the platform car
Terherne visible at the
Terherne visible at the "Snitser Mar", Friesland
Frisian lakes visible from the C47-A PH-PBA cockpit
Frisian lakes visible from the C47-A PH-PBA cockpit

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