Viet MInh troops slowly squeezed the French Forces to a humiliating surrender. In the final stages, it was only the Dakota that still could fly to/ from the short airstrip with 3 tons of cargo for supplies and transport of wounded soldiers.
As the Vietnamese also started to operate Russian AA guns, the landings became very awkward even by night , and had to be stopped for obvious reasons.
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ABOUT THE DAKOTA HUNTER’s NEW WEB SHOP
We collect and beautify vintage Aircraft parts that are found by The Dakota Hunter during his global expeditions. and are since years
specialized in converting authentic aviation related components into High-End Interior Objects, Collectables and mirror polished Furniture.
Soon you can view in The Dakota Hunter's new Web Shop our DC-3 Wing Desk, or a shiny polished Conference table made from the DC-3 Horizontal Stabilizer or a coupled pair of Dc-3 Wing tips.
Also, authentic DC-3 propellers as wall ornaments and even a Lockheed F-104 Starfighter Ejection seat, converted to a luxury Desk Chair, an awesome combo with the DC-3 Desk or Conference table.
Objects are all authentic WWII built OEM parts with signed Certificate of Authenticity, with photos of the recovery locations etc. The F-104 Ejection seats were built in early 1960's.
The Limited series museum grade objects that we offer are very hard to find, such collectibles never some cheap, so do not expect Far-East fake desk or replicated tin toy prices.
If interested, please send me your email address, fill in the form below, so I can send you soon my free newsletter presenting the new collection of The Dakota Hunter Web Shop.
Out by early September 2016 with a stunning collection of aviation related genuine War Relics as you will rarely see for sale.