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8 March 2013

Douglas DC-3 Dakota makes new home at Newquay airport

Aircraft enthusiasts visiting Cornwall in the coming months have another reason to head to Newquay Airport, after it became the new home of a Douglas DC-3 Dakota.

The aircraft will become the largest exhibit at the visitor attraction part of the site, with a wingspan of a staggering 95ft. A common sight in the South West throughout the 1940s and 50s, the aircraft was used extensively during the Second World War and also helped form the basis of a number of post-war airlines.

Having been flown down from Coventry Airport by pilots John Dodd and Ben Cox, the aircraft will now be operated by Classic Air Force and supported by the Classic Aircraft Trust.

The public will be given the chance to see the aircraft, along with a number of other classic planes, when the airport opens its doors on Good Friday. If you have already booked into one of the 5 star cottages in Cornwall during the period, be sure to come along and check out the show.

Image Credit: Armchair Aviator (Flickr.com)

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