South Africa has enjoyed a long relationship with one of the most beloved aircraft ever built,
The Douglas DC-3
The Dakota Association of South Africa
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The Dakota Association of South Africa and this website are dedicated to the 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 operate three Douglas DC-3s, ZS-BXF, in passenger configuration owned by the South African Airways Museum Society, ZS-LVR in passenger configuration and owned by Skyclass and ZS-CAI a freighter that operates five days a week on a cargo run from OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg to Gaborone in Botswana. ZS-CAI is also owned by Skyclass.
As a matter of interest Skyclass also operate 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 DC-3s that have plied their trade in South Africa.
Comments, advice and contributions will be most welcome.
John Austin-Williams (Jaws)
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