Hard-liv­ing DC-3 woos War Birds fans

Central Otago Mirror - - WANAKA NEWS -

New Zealand’s only sur­viv­ing Royal New Zealand Air Force DC-3 air­craft will give those at­tend­ing War Birds over Wanaka a chance to take a ride in his­tory. Built in 1945 in Ok­la­homa, United States, to cope with war­time pro­duc­tion, it was used in Asia for sup­ply drops and post-war for fer­ry­ing ser­vice­men home to New Zealand. It was used as a top­dresser be­fore be­ing con­verted to a freighter and then did fly­ing tours of New Zealand and Aus­tralia. It was dam­aged

while at­tempt­ing to take off in deep snow at Mt Cook and be­ing hid­den dur­ing vi­o­lent ri­ots in Tonga. It was brought to New Zealand in De­cem­ber.

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