Autumn Dakota

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Dakota KN353

Dakota G-AMYJ at the Yorkshire Air Museum. Visitors can climb on board and sit in the plastic seats along either side of the fuselage while listening to the recorded sounds of a parachute drop over Normandy in 1944…. YAM is a terrific museum, £7 well spent.

The American C-47 Skytrain was called the Dakota by Commonwealth forces. It comes from an acronym from Douglas Aircraft Company Transport Aircraft.

A clip from the TV series Band of Brothers in which hundreds of C-47s carrying thousands of paratroopers fly over Normandy and into hellish flak on June 6th 1944.

Not for the faint of heart

29 comments on “Autumn Dakota
  1. nondesigner59 says:

    Sounds like an unforgettable experience !! Great shots..

  2. f3liney says:

    Loving the light on that paintwork – looks ace!

  3. Lazenby43 says:

    Never heard of the museum. I will check it out.

  4. bill_fawcett says:

    Fabulous light and very nice pov!

  5. cgullz says:

    looks like what we call a DC-3 .. they used to use them for crop dusting here back in the day – there is still the odd one around with the hopper in, as museum pieces.

  6. *Psycho Delia* says:

    Great set of shots. I loved Band of Brothers

  7. **Hazel** says:

    Indeed great shots Ian, the top one is so realistic and the information really interesting!!!

  8. rob of rochdale says:

    It’s almost gold like in the autumn light

  9. crusader752 says:

    Beautifully caught Ian – love the light on her!
    Great venue – not been for a few years so another must do and they do night shoots too now! 🙂

  10. gastephen says:

    Having seen the twisted remains of a Dakota propeller, it is interesting to see photos of the whole thing. I particularly like the composition of the final shot. Nice one, Ian.

  11. P_H_I_L_L says:

    Bloody brilliant Ian. Instant favourite for me just from the thumbnail. The third picture is something special too.

    The Dakota is one of those superbly iconic aircraft. I’m a big fan of Band of Brothers series and I have the audio book of Major Dick Winters memoirs.

  12. andyholmfirth says:

    Such a lovely shape this old plane.

  13. Reflective Kiwi %-) says:

    Nice to see you online just now Ian! %-)
    Gosh what a gorgeous looking ‘golden’ plane! Lovely lighting and a great shot! %-)

  14. mick cooke says:

    one of the first planes i flew in ian went to the isle of man from manchester when geof duke was the champion over there on the island , great photo and story i think i was 8yrs old at the time and got off in the isle of man with pockets bulging with barley sugars the air stewardes took ashine to me i was the only youngun on the plane

  15. Ian D B says:

    Cheers all.

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/29730035@N04]
    You flew in a Dak and also in a de Havilland Dragon Rapide? You were getting airborne in some famous old planes from an early age Mick! Great memories!

  16. pasujoba says:

    Terrific colour on the top one Ian , and I like the shot from the trees too , took one of them myself . Am in Jersey now , short notice ! back tomorrow!.

  17. Tech Owl says:

    A nice series of shots Ian – I had no idea of the origin of the name

  18. steiner2009 "AKA Dr Dust " says:

    love the colours and sound like an awsome day out . great work dude 🙂

  19. amyrey says:

    Nice series Ian and interesting, if terrifying, clip….

  20. SolarScot. says:

    great shot Ian got me thinking about that Stereophonics track now!

  21. Jainbow says:

    Lol @ SolarScot – me too! And it is a great set of shots! :~}

  22. Richard Tierney says:

    The Dak is the best commercial transport ever made! I have been privalaged to fly in one that flew at Normandy it was still green inside, still had the mounting points for the cable the paratroopers clipped onto as shown in the Band of Brother clip… It still had the manufacturers work number plate on the bulkhead behind the flight deck… "Made by Douglas Aircraft Company at Long Beach California 1943" What an aeroplane… any picture of a DC3 C47 call em what you will….. is fabulous…. yours are amongst them Ian :-)))

    Have a look at this !!!

    http://www.douglasdc3.com/

  23. Ian D B says:

    Thanks again all.

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/7749921@N04]
    Thanks Richard, first time I have seen the inside of a Dak, you are very fortunate to have flown in one. Some terrific photos on that site!

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/13073759@N04] [http://www.flickr.com/photos/11563376@N03]

    Great song!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUHjDJxkcSE&feature=channel_v...

  24. stopherjones says:

    Great light on the old girl, like she’s made of gold leaf or something! Really like the third shot too, great composition and cloudscape, real sense of setting out into the unknown skies ahead

  25. pasujoba says:

    Just seen that Dakota clip , recall it now from the series , great addition and puts into pictures the sound clip they played on the Dakota on Sunday .

  26. IANLAYZELLUK says:

    Interesting & Fantastic.

  27. Keartona says:

    The third shot makes it look like you were wing walking 😀

  28. Gizzardtreedude says:

    Nice set of captures. I wasn’t aware of the acronym, very informative 🙂

  29. F L I G H T C R E W says:

    You have some fantastic aircraft images in your stream Ian.

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