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In this DAKOTA HUNTER Blog, you will read about some backgrounds of what is known as the largest Shark attack ever in naval history and the heroic role of a…
Feature Photo depicts a majestic landing of the Catalina between the Towering Icebergs in Greenland. More photos of the Catalina Odyssey plus the Atlantic crossings are in my new book,…
In this DAKOTA HUNTER BLOG, you will read and see photos of yet another Aircraft Boneyard that existed for years in Madagascar. In one of my previous Blogs, I wrote…
In this DAKOTA HUNTER Blog, you will find the story of an almost forgotten episode in the long and fascinating history of the Civil Air Transport Corp (CAT), in 1959 converted…
In this DAKOTA HUNTER BLOG, you will read about a WWII Veteran Douglas C-47 that ended its operational career as a Chemical Warfare Machine. Sixty years after the War came…
In this Dakota Hunter Blog, you will read about an insane plan that the Germans deployed in a final effort to break the imminent Allied invasion of their homeland. This…
In this DAKOTA HUNTER Blog, you will read the story and see the photos of the somewhat forgotten Martin PBM Mariner. A less successful forerunner of that legendary Martin Mars,…
In this Dakota Hunter Blog, you will read about a weird boneyard aka a Museum collection of aircraft to be restored in Tatoi, Greece. Until recently, this unique collection of…
About the DC-3
As Douglas introduced in 1933 its novel concept of the DC series, the company had a ground breaking design in hands that would soon conquer the world.
The DC-2 was the twin engine all metal aircraft with state of the art features as retractable landing gear and variable pitch propellers in a streamlined and smooth design, as the world had not seen before.
“When it comes to fulfilling your own dreams, you simply have to do the job yourself because no one else can ever feel as intensely as you do about those dreams.”
− Eileen. M. Owsiany, owner- editor of the Facebook Group Fans of the C-47 Skytrain
"The Dakota Hunter selected by Air Classics as `Book of the Month, August 2015"
The Dakota Hunter by Hans Wiesman ($38 and available through the Aviation Book Club ad in this issue) is the saga of one man's quest for the Gooney Bird. The author is of Dutch heritage and grew up in Borneo during the 1950s where, of course, DC-3s were operating on a daily basis - connecting remote outposts in a reliable manner. During this time, the wreckage of WWII still littered the area and the author played in war's residue as he watched the Gooney's distinctive shape wing its way overhead.
The authro's family moved back to The Netherlands where he attended college and went on to establish a corporate career. However, the grip of the DC-3 never left his imagination and, combined with an interest in WWII history, he decided to begin a world-wide quest to track down wrecked, derelict, and flyable DC-3s/C-47s in some of the world's most remote -and hostile- locations. What follows is a daring adventure story as he explores for these survivors and tells of their histories. It is almost like an adventure novel, except it is true and makes for a very exciting story as the author goes "in search of the legendary DC-3 on the last frontiers"
. − DH Air Classics, George Hulett
"Will interest both aviation buffs and travel readers"
- C. Nelson, Goodreads
"His passion is beyond doubt"
− Mark Barnes, War History Online
Born in Holland in 1946, he was from start destined to travel the globe: his parents took him at the age of only three months overseas to Curacao and Trinidad. In 1950, the family sailed out again, this time to the East Indies, to the Borneo jungle, where he grew up as a “free Willy” for 7 years in most adventurous circumstances of a post warMore about Hans Wiesman