Restored WWII Dakota

The Yorkshire Air Museum fires the engines of a restored WWII Douglas Dakota for the first time.

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History of the Dakota

Delivered to RAF Toronto in January 1945, the Dakota served with the Allied Far East Command during WWll before undertaking a series of roles as a civil airliner. After 54 years of service, the aircraft last flew in January 1999 on pollution control duties with Air Atlantique based at Coventry.

The retired aircraft was then used for spares until Air Atlantique’s Dakota fleet was finally retired.

On a chance telephone call, the offer was made to the Yorkshire Air Museum to take one of these and ‘AMY J’ was chosen because of the historic resonance of the initials – Amy Johnson, the Hull born legendary aviator. It has been undergoing restoration at the Yorkshire Air Museum since December 2001.

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