Sunday, July 04, 2021

Kolkata airport to soon bid farewell to a vintage Dakota aircraft

The absence of certain things which were once near us but never so dear makes us miss their presence the most when it’s gone. The Kolkata airport is soon to bid farewell to a vintage aircraft that etched its name in the history of India’s military aviation.

It is only a matter of time before the vintage Dakota DC-3 aircraft that once belonged to Kalinga Airlines is taken away from Kolkata airport to Odisha where it will be placed near the statue of Biju Patnaik, at the Bhubaneswar airport.

The Odisha government has announced it requested the Airports Authority of India (AAI) to bring back its iconic Dakota plane that belonged to Biju Patnaik, former chief minister of Odisha and owner of Kalinga Airlines, who used it “to rescue former Indonesia Vice-President and then Prime Minister Sutan Sjahrir from the Dutch military back in 1947.” Patnaik was a pilot in the Royal Indian Air Force.

04/07/21 Soumyadip Mullick/Statesman

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