Author(s): Brian Lockstone and Paul Harrison
The Douglas DC3/Dakota has a remarkable history around the world. First built in the 1930s, they were adaptable aircraft that filled a variety of roles: for military transport, commercial travel and even topdressing. DC3: Southern Skies Pioneer tells the story of the DC3 down under. This remarkable aircraft was first introduced to New Zealand during WWII and became a vital part of the NZRAF fleet. It carried everything from spare parts and mail to food and POWs, and was involved in fighting in the Solomon Islands and support of New Zealand fighter and bomber squadrons.