The Dakota Hunter

A Film by Axel Ebermann

Taking the Plunge

A Dakota in the ocean. Hans Wiesman can’t help himself…      

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Drug Smuggling

Quite a number of Dakotas in Colombia were in some way involved in the very lucrative business of drug trafficking – either by transporting drugs directly or by hauling supplies for the producers. If caught the planes get seized. This … Continue reading

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The Lifeline

The Dakota is the lifeline to very remote communties in the middle of the Colombian jungle. Everything from cement to life stock is flown in by the Dakota. Every arrival of the legendary plane is a social event that nobody … Continue reading

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Love and Peace

Muslim clerics and Buddhist monks sitting in unison to give their blessings to the Dakotas that are being sunk in Phuket to form an artificial reef.  

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Fire watch: Starting the engines

Hans wanted to check out some remote unpaved airstrips in the middle of the Colombian Jungle that can only be reached by the Dakota. He had heard rumors, that quite a few Dakota wrecks that did not survice the rough … Continue reading

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When it rains it pours…

We were originally scheduled to fly to a different airfield that morning – but the rain shut everything down. Well – everything except Hans who got antsy and went out on a treasure hunt to find Dakota parts in the … Continue reading

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The Barge and the snapped Anchor

The enormous barge that transports the Dakota to the sinking position is anchored on each side by enormous steel cables. One morning a loud popping sound like a gunshot wakes everybody up. One of the cables has snapped and swiped … Continue reading

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Poking holes

A Dakota is so buoyant it can float in water for several hours. Which can come in handy during emergency landings – but not when you are trying to sink the planes to form an artificial reef. Hans Wiesman with … Continue reading

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Dakota Reef in Phuket

Loading four derelict Dakotas on a barge to sink them to form an artificial reef is already an enormous logistical operation for Rainer Gottwald, the president of the CEO of the Thai Diving Association. Not even counting in  Hans, who is lobbying to … Continue reading

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Lounge Table

Hans does not only chase Dakota parts because he likes the adventure (well, not sure if that is actually a correct assessment) – he actually makes some very cool designer furniture out of Dakota parts. Just to be clear: Hans does not … Continue reading

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