Second Dakota for Bokriver training facilityDate: 20 July 2008
Air Force Base Ysterplaat successfully transported C47-TP Dakota 6884 from the base in Milnerton to the Bokriver Military Training Facility two weeks ago. Due to the fact that this was such a success it was decided that the second and final C47-TP aircraft be transported to the same training facility.
Dakota 6864 commenced its trip on Sunday 20 July 2008 and arrived at its final resting place on Monday 21 July 2008.
Although the two Dakota's at the Bokriver Military Training Facility will not be airworthy, they will continue adding value to the SAAF as they will play a vital role in the Survival Training course undertaken by all student pilots.
Brief history of 6864
C-47 Dakota 6864 (c/n 12580) was accepted by the United States Air Force in February 1944 as 42-92745 and was then delivered to the Royal Air Force (as KG468) in Montreal. She arrived in the Middle East in 1945 and was transferred to the South African Air Force on 29 September 1945 will serial 6864. She saw service with 28 Squadron and with other units in a variety of roles. She was converted to C-47 TP standard in 1991 and saw service with 44 Squadron before being transferred to 35 Squadron at AFB Ysterplaat. She was withdrawn from active service on 8 November 2003.