Dakota over Northern Ireland!


The RAF BBMF will be returning to Northern Ireland in 2019 with an aircraft we have not seen here since 2013, the Douglas DC3 Dakota.

The Dakota will display in Newcastle (June 22nd) and both days of Portrush (Aug 31st & Sept 1st)

It is only fitting we have the Dakota grace our skies this June as it is the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day landings, of which the Dakota’s played a massive part.

The Douglas C-47 Dakota is without doubt one of the most successful aircraft designs in history. It became one of the world’s most famous military transport aircraft and saw widespread use by the Allies during World War Two and subsequently by Air Forces and civilian operators worldwide.

The BBMF Dakota, ZA947 is now painted to represent Dakota FZ692 of No 233 Squadron, around the D-Day period in 1944. This aircraft, which was named ‘Kwicherbichen’ by her crews, was involved in Para-dropping operations on the eve of D-Day and subsequently in re-supply and casualty evacuation missions into and out of forward airfields in the combat areas.

It will be great to have the Dakota back in the skies of NI!

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