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  • Flight On A Douglas DC-3

    The Dakota Society
    Ardmore Airport
    Sunday 11 June 2006
    Douglas DC-3
    ZK-DAK
    Seat No assigned seating

    The Dakota Society operate their DC-3 on joyflights on many weekends each year. While visiting Ardmore I took a flight in this aircraft. This is my first ever flight on a DC-3.


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    The flight was NZ$80 for 30 minutes that goes out over Auckland city, the airport, down the coast a bit and back to Ardmore.

    After a talk by the crew on the history of the aircraft. This aircraft started out with the US Army Air Force, was operated by Ansett and various airlines over the years before being put into a museum. When the museum went broke, the Dakota Society bought it, make it airworthy and flew it over to New Zealand.
    We boarded for the flight. After the sole F/A did the safety demo, which consisted of pointing where the exits were etc, the engines were started.

    With the engines started it was noisy but not as noisy as I had expected.


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    At takeoff power the engines were quite loud. As the aircraft took off I was expecting to feel the tail rise off the hround, but I did not feel it.


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    The Interior had been modernized with modern seats and fittings. The windows are lower and smaller than those on modern aircraft, which lead to dad and I competing for the window at times.


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    During the flight, starting at the back to the front we were allowed to have a quick look at the flight deck in flight. A thing that is so rare these days. My impression of the flight deck was it looked cramped and since it was between the engines it was very noisy up there.


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    We were only flying at 1500-2000 feet and the air was quite rough so the aircraft was bouncing around a bit. Walking to the flight deck during all this turbulence, the floor kinda dissappeared from under my feet. I had the feeling of a drunk trying to walk in a straight line.

    The flight went over Auckland city, the harbour, Auckland airport and up the coast and back.


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    After around 30 minutes we landed back at Ardmore. Landing was good, but unlike modern airliners there are no thrust reversers.


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    It was a great experience to fly in a classic aircraft, but I would not want to do it any longer than a couple of hours.

    I would like to thank The Dakota Society for a great flight.

    For anyone visiting New Zealand I would recommend it.

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  • #2
    Wow. That must have been a blast. Thanks for the report and pics.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by ryan


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      Awesome. I personally like this one. Member's Choice !

      Thanks for letting us fly with you on this flight !
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      • #4
        Excellent and coming along with a superb suportive illustration gallery.Congrats
        Alain
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        • #5
          Very cool report . Damn Ryan, you sure are a lucky guy, flying floatplanes and a DC-3 within just 3 days of each other, that's something most of us probably don't manage in 3 decades .

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          • #6
            ^^You got that right.... I would love to get that kind of opportunities to fly with the DC3, seeing the scene makes me so jealous. Great view out of the window is memorable.
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            • #7
              ^New Zealand is acknowledged as an exceptional country
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