The Dakota Hunter

A Film by Axel Ebermann

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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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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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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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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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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Dakota: The champion of the outback

  Why is the Dakota still in commercial use ? It is a 60 year old plane after all, with completely outdated technology. With it’s big balloon wheels the plane can land on runways where modern planes can’t go, like … Continue reading

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