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#4646524 - 05/11/24 07:09 PM South Africa’s C-47 Dakotas Set For Retirement  
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What an amazing aircraft, I don't believe there will ever be anything to match it.

South Africa’s C-47 Dakotas Set For Retirement After 80 Years Of Service

"After an extraordinary career spanning more than 80 years of service, and plenty of operational missions, the South African Air Force (SAAF) is preparing to retire its last C-47 Dakotas. Remarkably, the SAAF is moving to discard its C-47s while, at the same time, elsewhere around the globe, turboprop versions of the venerable transport continue to win orders.

The South African military news site DefenceWeb reported that the final operator of the SAAF Dakotas, 35 Squadron, based at Ysterplaat, Cape Town, was informed this week that “the aircraft will be phased out” for good. The decision is yet to be formally announced by the SAAF but looks set to confirm the fate of the service’s Dakotas, which have now been grounded for around two years."


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#4646525 - 05/11/24 07:13 PM Re: South Africa’s C-47 Dakotas Set For Retirement [Re: F4UDash4]  
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Ha! 80 years in service is nothing for the B-52. wink


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#4646533 - 05/11/24 09:47 PM Re: South Africa’s C-47 Dakotas Set For Retirement [Re: F4UDash4]  
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It is said that when the last jet airliner lands, a Twin Otter will be there to pick up the crew. I am pretty certain there will be a DC-3 waiting to pick up the Twin Otter crew when they land as well.


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#4646534 - 05/11/24 09:48 PM Re: South Africa’s C-47 Dakotas Set For Retirement [Re: PanzerMeyer]  
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Originally Posted by PanzerMeyer
Ha! 80 years in service is nothing for the B-52. wink


maybe you mistook the plane ? 52 is from 50s

#4646537 - 05/11/24 10:47 PM Re: South Africa’s C-47 Dakotas Set For Retirement [Re: Blade_RJ]  
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Originally Posted by Blade_RJ
Originally Posted by PanzerMeyer
Ha! 80 years in service is nothing for the B-52. wink


maybe you mistook the plane ? 52 is from 50s



The USAF has stated publicly that the B-52 will be in service for at least another 15 years.


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#4646538 - 05/11/24 11:21 PM Re: South Africa’s C-47 Dakotas Set For Retirement [Re: PanzerMeyer]  
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Originally Posted by PanzerMeyer
Originally Posted by Blade_RJ
Originally Posted by PanzerMeyer
Ha! 80 years in service is nothing for the B-52. wink


maybe you mistook the plane ? 52 is from 50s



The USAF has stated publicly that the B-52 will be in service for at least another 15 years.



So will DC-3's, somewhere.


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#4646544 - 05/12/24 02:42 AM Re: South Africa’s C-47 Dakotas Set For Retirement [Re: F4UDash4]  
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Here’s one from a while ago. Maybe 6 or 7 years prior to this our a/c maintenance shop spent about a year going over a Grumman Goose from front to back. I’d liked that plane since “Tales of the Gold Monkey” from the early 80s.



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Incredible those C-47 still fly!


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