Biju babu’s Dakota to be on display at Bengaluru airshow
Bhubaneswar: Legendary Biju Patnaik’s Dakota will be taking part in the Aero India 2019 airshow in Bengaluru.
The aircraft will be the centre of attraction at the airshow scheduled from February 20 to 24.
Dakota, which was part of the IAF, had been abandoned for years. It was closely associated with Odisha and its late Chief Minister Biju Patnaik.
The aircraft was flown by Biju babu to rescue Indonesian freedom fighters.
Around 47 aircraft will be on display in the Aero India show this year. Other aircraft on display will be HAL’s Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas, French aerospace major Dassault Aviation’s Rafale, Light Utility Helicopter (LUH), multi-role fighter jet Sukhoi Su-30MKI and National Aeronautics Laboratories’ (NAL) Saras PT1N.
Biju Patnaik, who was known for his daredevilry act as a pilot, had formed Kalinga Airline in 1947. The airline had 15 Dakota planes parked in its headquarters Kolkata. The aircraft were chiefly used by the army for airlifting jawans deployed in Kashmir.