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Biju Patnaik's aircraft to be brought to Odisha, made a museum

Press Trust of India  |  Bhubaneswar 

The iconinc Dakota DC-3 used by former to rescue former Indonesian and from their enemies in 1947 would be brought to and converted into a museum.

Patnaik's acumen as a pilot was recognised by the of Indonesia, which honoured him with the title of 'Bhumi Putra.

The Dakota is parked since 1947 at Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata, where Kalinga set up by had its headquarters.

We have written to the of and they replied immediately saying they want to bring the aircraft back. officials will visit the airport and study its condition before shifting it, of Guruprasad Mohapatra, who was recently in the state, told reporters.

Officials said the state is in touch with the AAI and authorities of Netaji Subhas Bose International NSC Bose Airport in on ways to shift the aircraft to

There are proposals to keep the 'Dakota' at the Biju International Airport here, they said.

"We are also considering to keep the Dakota aircraft on an open field near Biju Bhavan in Cuttack, the birth place of the legendary leader," district Sushant Mohapatra told reporters here.

Cuttack-Barabati MLA Debasis Samantray said the would convert the aircraft into a museum so that people can enter it and see the daredevilry of the leader, who is fondly called 'Biju Babu' and even after two decades of his death occupies the imagination of the people.

Biju Patnaik, who also piloted the first plane that left at on October 27, 1947 and landed at in the early morning and brought back 17 soldiers of 1-Sikh regiment, had formed the Kalinga that year.

The had 15 Dakota planes parked in its headquarters in were were mainly used by the for of jawans deployed in Kalinga Airlines were also used to drop supplies in the north-eastern region of the country, said Anil Dhir, a

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First Published: Tue, January 09 2018. 19:55 IST