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Welcome to The Dakota Association

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South Africa has enjoyed a long relationship
with one of the most beloved aircraft ever built, the Douglas DC-3


 

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SAAF 6840
Silver Falcons colours
14 September 2012

Photograph: Justin de Reuck
www.aviationphotographer.co.za

On Wednesday 5 December 2012 SAAF C-47TP Dakota 6840, of 35 Squadron, crashed on a mountain top near Giants Castle in the Drakensburg Mountains. She was on a routine shuttle run from Waterkloof Air Force base to Mthatha in the Eastern Cape.  Severe weather conditions prevailed. All eleven members of the SAAF were killed.
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The Dakota Association of South Africa and this website are dedicated to the Douglas C-47 and DC-3 aircraft that have carried South African registrations, both civil and SAAF, South African Air Force. And yes the "TP Dak" is also included.


I was most fortunate to work with DC-3s at Skyclass Aviation at Rand Airport, Germiston, just south of Johannesburg from February 2007 until the end of March 2009. Skyclass operated the Douglas DC-3, ZS-BXF, in passenger configuration owned by the South African Airways Museum Society. They also owned DC-3, ZS-LVR in passenger configuration and DC-3, ZS-CAI a freighter that operated five days a week from July 2007 to early 2009, on a cargo run from OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg to Gaborone in Botswana on behalf of Air Botswana.


As a matter of interest Skyclass also operated three Douglas DC-4s, all in 50-seat business class configuration. They are registered ZS-AUA, ZS-AUB and ZS-BMH.


The idea of the Dakota Association of South Africa and this website is to provide a comprehensive resource of data and photographs tracing the histories of Douglas C-47s and DC-3s that have plied their trade in South Africa and Africa.


Comments, advice and contributions will be most welcome.

John Austin-Williams (Jaws)

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