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[Belgian Wings] Reclame filmpje met in de hoofdrol onze Dakota

  Xavier Bertrand , Dirk De Quick et 4 autres personnes ont publié dans Belgian Wings .       Xavier Bertrand 15 mai, 15:39 Reclame filmpje met in de hoofdrol onze Dakota Reclamefilmpje met in de hoofdrol onze Dakota   J'aime Commenter Partager    
Xavier Bertrand, Dirk De Quick et 4 autres personnes ont publié dans Belgian Wings.
Xavier Bertrand
15 mai, 15:39

Reclamefilmpje met in de hoofdrol onze Dakota



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Video: "The DC-3 The Plane That Changed The World"

I grew up living next door to the owners and operators of SALAIR, the airplane you see flying at the beginning of this video. This is a superb documentary on the history of the most popular propellor airplane in the world, the DC-3. (I had to delete the original and repost this as it was flagged by YouTube with a copyright violation that I was given the option to correct, which I did).

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Video: "DC-3 Pilot Training pt1-3: "How to Fly the C-47 Troop Carrier Airplane: Cockpit Procedure" USAAF"

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"How to handle a Douglas C-47 Skytrain." With Arthur Kennedy as the instructor pilot.

US Army Air Forces Training Film TF1-3321

Public domain film slightly cropped to remove uneven edges, with the aspect ratio corrected, and mild video noise reduction applied.
The soundtrack was also processed with volume normalization, noise reduction, clipping reduction, and equalization (the resulting sound, though not perfect, is far less noisy than the original).

Split with MKVmerge GUI (part of MKVToolNix), the same freeware (or Avidemux) can recombine the downloaded parts (in mp4 format):

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The Douglas C-47 Skytrain or Dakota is a military transport aircraft that was developed from the Douglas DC-3 airliner...

The C-47 differed from the civilian DC-3 in numerous modifications that included being fitted with a cargo door and a strengthened floor.

During World War II, the armed forces of many countries used the C-47... The U.S. Naval designation was R4D. More than 10,000 aircraft were produced in Long Beach and Santa Monica, California and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The Oklahoma City plant produced 5,354 C-47s from March 1943 until August 1945...

The C-47 was vital to the success of many Allied campaigns, in particular those at Guadalcanal and in the jungles of New Guinea and Burma... Additionally, C-47s were used to airlift supplies to the embattled American forces during the Battle of Bastogne. Possibly its most influential role in military aviation, however, was flying "The Hump" from India into China. The expertise gained flying "The Hump" would later be used in the Berlin Airlift...

In Europe, the C-47 and a specialized paratroop variant, the C-53 Skytrooper, were used in vast numbers in the later stages of the war, particularly to tow gliders and drop paratroops. In the Pacific, with careful use of the island landing strips of the Pacific Ocean, C-47s were even used for ferrying soldiers serving in the Pacific theater back to the United States.

C-47s (approx. 2,000 received under lend-lease) in British and Commonwealth service took the name Dakota, from the acronym "DACoTA" for Douglas Aircraft Company Transport Aircraft. The C-47 also earned the informal nickname Gooney Bird...

The United States Air Force's Strategic Air Command had Skytrains in service from 1946 through 1967...

Several C-47 variations were used in the Vietnam War by the United States Air Force, including three advanced electronic warfare variations, which sometimes were called "Electric Gooneys" designated EC-47N, EC-47P, or EC-47Qs depending on the engine used. EC-47s were also operated by the Vietnamese, Laotian and Cambodian Air Forces. A gunship variation, using three 7.62mm miniguns, designated AC-47 "Spooky" often nicknamed "Puff the Magic Dragon" also was deployed.

The Royal Canadian Air Force and later, the Canadian Armed Forces employed the C-47... from the 1940s to the 1980s.

After World War II thousands of surplus C-47s were converted to civil airline use, some remaining in operation in 2012 as well as being used as private aircraft...

The Douglas DC-3 is an American fixed-wing propeller-driven airliner, the speed and range of which revolutionized air transport in the 1930s and 1940s. Its lasting impact on the airline industry and World War II makes it one of the most significant transport aircraft ever made. The major military version was designated the C-47 Skytrain, of which more than 10,000 were produced. Many DC-3 / C-47s are still used in all parts of the world.

The DC-3 was the culmination of a development effort that originated out of an inquiry from Transcontinental and Western Airlines (TWA) to Donald Douglas. TWA's rival in transcontinental air service, United Airlines, was inaugurating service with the Boeing 247 and Boeing refused to sell any 247s to other airlines until United's order for 60 aircraft had been filled. TWA asked Douglas to design and build an aircraft that would enable TWA to compete with United. Douglas' resulting design, the 1933 DC-1, was promising, and led to the DC-2 in 1934. While the DC-2 was a success, there was still room for improvement.

...the prototype DST (for Douglas Sleeper Transport) first flew on December 17, 1935... A version with 21 passenger seats instead of the sleeping berths of the DST was also designed and given the designation DC-3. There was no prototype DC-3, the first DC-3 built followed seven DSTs off the production line and was delivered to American...

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Video: "Koksijde Int.Airshow 2011 DC-3 & C-130 Flypass"

Koksijde International Airshow 6 & 7 July 2011 , Belgium.

Dakota DC-3 and a C-130 Hercules (FR)

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[vintage-and-warbirds] C-47/DC-3 fun in the Swiss Alps

From: Steve Link

Interesting post on Taigh Ramey on his trip to annual some Swiss DC-3s..> &t=45260

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Event : a nice weekend away with a DC3

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: EFHA chairman, Harry Haas <>
Date: Tue, Aug 9, 2011 at 11:06 AM
Subject: a nice weekend away with a DC3!

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Harry Haas
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Dear aviation fans,
From time to time we at the European Federation Historic Aviation are in the position to hire a Douglas DC-3 Dakota from the Dutch Dakota Association. Normally, the 16 seats available quickly fill up with DC-3 enthusiasts from the Netherlands. With this invitation we would like to make an exclusive DC-3 flight available to our Belgian friends.
We would liketo invite you to participate in a weekend on the beautiful island of Texel, located in the north of Holland. Travel to and from the island will be onboard the DDA's beautifully restored aircraft the PH-PBA which used to belong to the Dutch royal family.
We envisage take-off at 11:00 on Saturday 27 August from Lelystad airport    (180 km by road from Antwerp), arriving at Texel after an exciting  45-minute Dakota experience. On the island of Texel there are many things to do, and bicycles will be available free of charge during your stay on the island. There will be an opportunity to visit the local brewery which, even by Belgian standards, produces some great beers. Furthermore, you can explore Texel's stunning nature, play golf or just relax.
On Saturday at 19:00 hours the Dakota crew and passengers get together for the Captain's BBQ (drinks included). As far as sleeping accommodation is concerned,  rooms are available at competitive rates, from €30 pp.
On Sunday we all meet for breakfast at the Texel restaurant,  and  you then have the opportunity to continue exploring the  island or maybe make a sightseeing flight with the Dakota.
At 16:00 hours on 28 of August we return to Lelystad, and after 45 minutes on board you will receive your commemorative DC-3 pin and go home feeling very happy after a really great weekend.
We can make you a special offer:
·         1 hour, possibly 1 hour 30 minutes, on board the Dakota (trip to and from Texel) normal price €300.00!!!!
·         A room (for those who respond quickly some rooms are available at €30 pp. )
·         Use of a bicycle for the two days
·         Captain's BBQ Dinner, including drinks
·         Breakfast
·         DC-3 flight back to Lelystad
You get all this for € 250.00 (including a €30 room + tax). For later bookings the room charge may increase. The regular price for all this would be at least €380!!!!
We hope many Belgian friends will join us on this special EFHA trip, but please decide quickly since the end of August is quite close, and we only have 16 seats available.
Hope to see you soon.
Beet aeronautical regards,
Harry Haas, EFHA Chairman (
Hans Bogstad, EFHA Ambassador to Belgium. (

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Hangar Flying 42 - Maart 2011 :

From: Hangar Flying
Date: 2011/3/14
Subject: Nieuwsbrief 42 - Maart 2011

Vrienden van de luchtvaart,

het aantal inschrijvingen voor de nieuwsbrief blijft groeien, en daar is onze redactie natuurlijk zeer tevreden mee. Voor de nieuwkomers willen we nog eens verduidelijken dat de term ‘Hangar Flying’ eigenlijk staat voor het aangenaam en toch professioneel praten –en schrijven– over luchtvaart. Na een vlucht het vliegtuig stallen en met gelijkgezinden van gedacht wisselen over de luchtvaartwereld, dat is puur ‘Hangar Flying’.

En inderdaad, de verhalen zijn misschien niet altijd even prettig of optimistisch. In de vele gezellige clublokalen van onze Belgische vliegvelden is de EASA-regelgeving (European Aviation Safety Agency) dikwijls het onderwerp van gesprek. Een piloot vertelde ons onlangs dat je al een overtuigde chauvinist moet zijn om een vliegtuig hier in België te laten registreren. Als we de onlangs gepubliceerde cijfers van ASA bekijken kunnen we hem alleen maar gelijk geven. In 2010 werden slechts 9 nieuwe inschrijvingen genoteerd van eenmotorige vliegtuigen en 21 van ULM/DPM, de laagste aantallen van de afgelopen 10 jaar. De tweemotorige toestellen doen het volgens deze cijfers vrij goed, vooral door de goed boerende zakenluchtvaart. Eigenaars kiezen er meer en meer voor om hun toestel buitenlands geregistreerd te houden. Misschien moet er nog wat meer tijd overgaan alvorens de Europese luchtvaartreglementering overal op eenzelfde manier is doorgedrongen?

Enkele oud-strijdersverenigingen zijn een petitie gestart voor het behoud van het oorlogsmonument aan de Scheldedijk in Doel, een deelgemeente van Beveren. Het prachtige monument ( ter ere van het Brits luchtafweer en de RAF werd in 1948 opgericht. Het gemeentebestuur wil het monument inderdaad verplaatsen naar de kerk van de Prosperpolder en dat zint de vaderlandslievende verenigingen absoluut niet, ze zijn zelfs met een petitie gestart. Eens het Gewestelijk Ruimtelijk Uitvoeringsplan volledig wordt goedgekeurd en uitgevoerd, zal de gemeente Doel van de kaart verdwijnen, dus ook de plaats waar het monument nu staat. Burgemeester Marc Van de Vijver van Beveren en tevens Vlaams Volksvertegenwoordiger (CD&V) verklaarde aan Hangar Flying: "We willen absoluut niet dat het monument wordt vernield. De Prosperpolder is een zeer goed alternatief voor dit monument. Ik heb zeer veel respect voor het monument en voor de gebeurtenissen die er herdacht worden. Ik wil het opnieuw een gepaste plaats geven en zo snel mogelijk terug aanknopen met de herdenkingsplechtigheden." Ruimte en Erfgoed heeft ondertussen een voorlopig beschermingsbesluit opgesteld. Wordt beslist vervolgd.

Onze redactie is verheugd om u de medewerking aan te kondigen met Aviabel ( Al meer dan 75 jaar is deze in luchtvaartverzekeringen gespecialiseerde maatschappij actief in het Belgische luchtruim. Dit soort van samenwerking is voor Hangar Flying broodnodig. De samenwerking met een maatschappij als Aviabel geeft ons de mogelijkheid om verder te investeren in de kwaliteit van ons e-zine en van de gegevensbank van het Belgische luchtvaartpatrimonium.

Het themanummer ‘Sabena 548, de laatste vlucht van Juliet Bravo’ van Kevin kan nog steeds besteld worden via het bestelformulier op (slechts 17 euro inclusief verzending!) Guy brengt ons een artikel over ASL Aviation, een filiaal van CMB (Compagnie Maritime Belge) en 3P Air Freighters. Peter sprak met acteur en piloot Lucas Van den Eynde, Paul nam de foto’s. Giovanni brengt ons een vluchtverslag vanuit een 737-cockpit van Brussels Airlines. Frans was enkele dagen zoet met het schitterende boek ‘The Belgian Air Service in the First World War’. Guy volgde in Melsbroek een recordpoging met een C-130, Frans en Paul waren er present voor de verhuis van een DC-3. Kijk ook even naar de impressie over het beschadigde graf van luchtvaartpionier Georges Nélis.





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