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PostPosted: Fri Apr 22, 2016 7:05 am    Post subject: Lawmaker To Gift Dakota Aircraft To Indian Air Force Reply with quote

http://www.ndtv.com/india-news/lawmaker-to-gift-dakota-aircraft-to-indian-air-force-1398091

Lawmaker To Gift Dakota Aircraft To Indian Air Force

April 22, 2016

Rajya Sabha member Rajeev Chandrasekhar's passion for preserving military history has found support from the central government, which has agreed to accept a Douglas DC3 'Dakota' aircraft from him.

The Keralite, who recently completed a decade as a Rajya Sabha member from Karnataka, told IANS that he is "delighted that the Narendra Modi government has decided to accept this airworthy aircraft that was pressed into service way back in 1948".

He first offered the aircraft to the previous United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, but failed to get a positive response. But with PM Modi and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, that was not the case, he said.

"I brought this aircraft from Ireland in 2009 and moved it to London. I have completely overhauled the aircraft and it's now airworthy. Now we are waiting for clearances from various quarters, and once everything is cleared it will be brought to India and handed over to the Indian Air Force," said Mr Chandrasekhar, 51, who himself is a holder of a valid commercial pilot licence.

The businessman-turned-politician said that flying and aircraft were his passion right from early childhood.

"My father retired as an air commodore. He is over 80 and lives in Bangalore. Right from my childhood I have been seeing aircraft from close quarters. And the memory of my father waving to me from the aircraft that he used to fly in is still fresh in my memory," said Mr Chandrasekhar.

"History inspires the younger generation. The Dakota aircraft was the mainstay of our IAF for many years. I feel sad when I read reports of ships and aircraft of our defence forces being scrapped," added Mr Chandrasekhar.

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PostPosted: Tue May 09, 2017 8:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/dakota-aircraft-to-arrive-in-india-soon-parrikar-4647083/

1948 made Dakota aircraft to arrive in India soon

May 9, 2017

Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar’s offer to the Union Government to hand over the 1948 made Douglas DC3 ‘Dakota’ Aircraft to the Indian Air Force (IAF) that will arrive in India shortly, is now getting all the mandatory clearances.

Speaking to IANS, the businessman-turned-lawmaker said the aircraft was currently in London.

“Since it is a long haul flight and has to fly over 11 countries, one has to get sanction from all these countries, for which we have applied for. I expect the aircraft to arrive in the country in the coming months and wish to officially hand it over on Vijay Diwas,” Chandrasekhar said.

Incidentally, he first made this offer to the UPA Government, but failed to get a positive response and it was only last year that a green signal came from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and then Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.

After buying this aircraft from Ireland in 2009, he has now made the aircraft airworthy in London, where it is waiting to begin its flight to India.

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