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Vintage military aircraft Dakota reaches Jamnagar IAF station

Press Trust of India  |  Ahmedabad 

A fully refurbished DC3l, a World War II-era vintage military transport aircraft, landed at the station in in today.

The will fly to the Station at Hindan in Ghaziabad in tomorrow for induction into the Vintage Fleet of the IAF formed in 2012, a Defence release said here.

had played a crucial role in the 1947-48 Indo-Pak war, especially in ferrying the Indian troops to

The commenced its flight from in the on April 17 and reached IAF station today where it was received in the presence of Rajeev Chandrasekhar, R K Dhir, (South Western Air Command) Sanjai Chauhan, among others, the defence release said.

The aircraft has been gifted to the IAF by Chandrasekhar, whose father, M K Chandrasekhar was a pilot in the IAF.

"Post completion of custom formalities, the aircraft is planned to ferry from to Hindan Station on April 26, for its induction into the Vintage Aircraft Fleet of the IAF formed in 2012," the release stated.

During the first Indo-Pak war (in 1947-48), besides carrying supplies and refugees, aircraft carried the troops of 1st to on October 27, 1947 to intervene in time to save the valley and Poonch from Pakistan, the release stated.

A large fleet of Dakota DC-3 served in the IAF till 1988. It was one of the most versatile transport aircraft of its time.

The aircraft was obtained from scrap in 2011 and was restored to flying condition in the UK by Chandrasekhar for gifting it to the IAF.

The induction ceremony is scheduled to take place on May 4 at Hindan.

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First Published: Wed, April 25 2018. 20:50 IST