Dakota Battle of Britain Memorial Flypast confirmed today

Dakota: read the history of this aircraft below.

Leighton-Linslade Rotary Club, organisers of the May Day Fair, have confirmed today that there will be a flypast of the Dakota at the 2019 event.

Leighton-Linslade’s May Fair oraganised by Leighton-Linslade Rotarians is the largest one day event in Beds, Bucks and Herts attracting thousands of people.

Rotarian Richard Johnson OBE told Bee Local;

It is a real coup to have the Dakota flypast and it will be a highlight for many at our already packed event. We will receive live updates from the cockpit on the flight path and expected arrival.

The May Day Fair is set to be bigger and better than ever with many attractions including street performers Zoot, Balloonatic and Phileas Fogg & Passepartout (pictured below). Attractions will stretch from the High Street to Parson’s Green where the main arena is sited. Arena shows will include demonstations from BMX stunt bikes, the Fire Cadets and many more.

The 2018 Fair attracted over 20,000 people, with funds raised after putting on the event used to support the many charitable activities across the wider community. During the day club president Richard Johnson OBE presented cheques to the local branch of the NSPCC and to the Otters Disability Swimming Club a founder member of Rotary’s Yes We Can disability sports club.

Find out more

You can follow all of the updates on the May Day Fair by visiting the Leighton-Linslade Rotary Club facebook page

History of the Dakota

ABOUT THE DAKOTA

The Douglas C-47 Dakota is without doubt one of the most successful aircraft designs in history. It became one of the world’s most famous military transport aircraft and saw widespread use by the Allies during World War Two and subsequently by Air Forces and civilian operators worldwide.

Battle of Britain Memorial Flight

DAKOTA ZA947

The aircraft was adopted by Strike Command and issued to the BBMF in March 1993. In 2004, an original and authentic floor and interior was re-fitted to the Dakota, returning the cabin to the original, wartime specification. As there are now no other multi-engine tail wheel aircraft in RAF service outside the BBMF, the Dakota is an important training asset used for initial training of aircrew for the BBMF multi-engine aircraft and for renewing the currency of the Flight’s Lancaster pilots each year. In addition to this role though, the Dakota is a sought-after display aircraft in her own right and, as such, she appears regularly on the air show circuit either on her own or as part of a BBMF formation. She continues to be capable of para-dropping and is used in that role for special commemorative events.

ZA947 is now painted to represent Dakota FZ692 of No 233 Squadron, around the D-Day period in 1944. This aircraft, which was named ‘Kwicherbichen’ by her crews, was involved in Para-dropping operations on the eve of D-Day and subsequently in re-supply and casualty evacuation missions into and out of forward airfields in the combat areas.