The Dakota Hunter

A Film by Axel Ebermann

The Shining

Dakota wingtips look their best when they shine like a mirror. However the original wings are coated with several layers of anti-corrosion paint that Hans calls it the ‘paint in the butt’. It took Hans several years to find somebody … Continue reading

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Mosquito Planes in Florida

A number of Dakotas lived out their lives being used as spray planes for mosquito control in Florida. Hans Wiesman is touring the local airstrips hoping to find some hidden treasures.    

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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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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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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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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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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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