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Welcome to The Dakota Association

of South Africa

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


C/N 25311

SAAF 6840
Silver Falcons colours
14 September 2012

Photograph: Justin de Reuck

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.


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)

+27 (0) 83 459-7802

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