You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

Airforce 1940's vintage Dakota DC-3 aircraft soon to be inducted into IAF

India Today logo India Today 24-04-2018 Manjeet Singh Negi

A Dakota DC-3 aircraft of 1940's vintage would be inducted shortly into the Vintage Aircraft Flight of the Indian Air Force.

In 1988, a large fleet of Dakota DC-3 served in the Indian Air Force. It was one of the most versatile transport aircraft of its time.

To honour the first Dakota which transported troops of the 1st Sikh Regiment to Srinagar on 27 Oct 47 during the Kashmir conflict, the Indian Air Force has allocated the aircraft with a registration number.

Built in 1944, the aircraft served in the military with the RAF and was also operated by various civil airlines.

ALSO READ: 300 anti-tank missiles to be inducted into Indian Army soon

The aircraft was obtained from scrap in 2011 and was restored to flying condition in UK by Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) Rajeev Chandrasekhar for gifting it to the IAF.

Subsequently, the IAF signed a contract with M/s Reflight Airworks Ltd London for upgrading its navigational systems. The CAS ceremonially accepted the aircraft into the IAF from Rajeev Chandrasekhar on February 13, 2018.

After its restoration, the aircraft successfully completed all test flights and commenced its journey from the UK on 17 April 17, 2018. It is being flown to India by a joint team crew of the IAF and M/s Reflight Airworks Ltd. The ferry to India, by making en-route halts at France, Italy, Greece, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Oman, will be completed on April 25, 2018, at Jamnagar.

ALSO IN PICS: India's military might packs a mean punch

To honour the old warhorse in its new residence, the induction ceremony of Dakota VP-905 is scheduled on May 04, 2018, at Air Force Station Hindan.

The ceremony will include the representatives from the OEM, dignitaries from the High Commission of the UK and the proud veterans of the IAF who have operated this magnificent flying machine.

An aircraft of this generation being flown to India from across the world after its restoration is an unprecedented event in the history of the IAF and joins our vintage flight which was raised in Palam in 1988.

The present-day heritage aircraft in Vintage Flight are Howard and Tiger moth with plans afoot to add a wider variety of military aircraft which forms a part of our rich ancestry.

More From India Today

image beaconimage beaconimage beacon