Biju Patnaik’s Dakota Aircraft Reaches Odisha, to be Displayed for Public Viewing

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Last Updated: January 18, 2023, 21:35 IST

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has already allotted 1.1 acres of land to the state government where the Dakota plane will be displayed for public viewing.
(Photo: PTI)

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has already allotted 1.1 acres of land to the state authorities the place the Dakota airplane will be displayed for public viewing.
(Photo: PTI)

A 10-member staff of Aerospace Research Development took 12 days to dismantle the plane and pack its gear

The iconic Dakota plane of former Odisha Chief Minister Biju Patnaik reached the state from the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata on Wednesday.

The dismantled plane carried on three vehicles crossed the Laxmannath Toll Plaza in Jaleswar of Balasore district, this morning. The course of for transporting the plane commenced yesterday.

A 10-member staff of Aerospace Research Development took 12 days to dismantle the plane and pack its gear.

In order to keep away from visitors jam throughout its transportation to the Biju Patnaik International Airport in Bhubaneswar, a particular patrolling van has been engaged to escort it.

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has already allotted 1.1 acres of land to the state authorities the place the Dakota airplane will be displayed for public viewing.

Besides being a social reformer and politician, Biju Patnaik was a talented pilot who undertook high-risk missions. He clandestinely flew Indian freedom fighters from one location to one other. A grateful Indonesia had twice embellished Biju Patnaik with its highest civilian honour ‘Bhumiputra’ for his position in rescuing Sutan Sjahrir.

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