The Dakota Hunter

A Film by Axel Ebermann

Hidden Treasures

Everybody in Villavicencio seems to have some random Dakote parts somewhere. Here Hans discovered a steering column in a backyard. The part has since been restored and is part of the permanent Dakota exhibition at the ‘Wings of Liberation’ Museum … Continue reading

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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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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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Chop, Chop

In order to transport a Dakota as a whole the plane would have to be anchored on deck of a cargo ship. And that is forbiddingly expensive. So the only way to get those precious parts to museums and collectors is to … 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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On location in Villavicencio, Colombia

Three years ago, when Hans first heard of Dakota parts at this remote airfield he was not allow to go because it was deemed too dangerous of a place for a Westerner. Things have changed a lot but we certainly … Continue reading

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Sinking Dakotas in Turkey

  So apparently sinking Dakotas to create artificial reefs for divers is THE hot thing to do. Hans, through his extensive spy network of fellow Dakota enthusiasts, has currently set his sights on some planes in Turkey. They were donated … Continue reading

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