1944 – Built in Oklahoma, USA
1945 – Delivered to the United States Air force, later transferred to the French Air Force
1945 – Registered as F-BAIF by the General Secretariat for Civil and Commercial Aviation
1946 – Started scheduled flight for Air France carrying passengers
©Ted Wolfgang Rampey, Jan Visser, Maam-Sim
1959 – Started flying night mail for Air France
1969 – Grounded by Air France after 25731 flying hours and sold to Fret Air as a freight plane
1972 – Freight throughout Europe and Northern Africa for UniAir, based in Toulouse
1974 – Hired by Hemet Exploration for geophysical research. Lew to Denmark, Gabon and Libya
1975 – Flew a French media crew to Chad, Africa where Francoise Claustre was being held hostage by rebels
1978 – Grounded in Toulouse
1981 – Damaged beyond repair in a heavy storm at Toulouse Blagnac
1987 – Transported to the Victory Memorial Museum in Arlon, Belgium. Painted in D-Day colors and mounted on a pole
2002 – Taken off the pole by the Dutch Air Force and transported to the Wings of Liberation Museum in Best, the Netherlands
2010 – Crashed during transport to Valkenburg, was supposed to be a prop in a Dutch musical.
2013 – Cockpit bought by MPS for restoration and conversion into a simulator
For further detailed information on the history of Dakota’s and the F-BAIF in particular please read Broken Dreams written by Suzanne van Leendert and Barry McCabe.
or watch the documentary or the video.