February 26, 2018

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Kerala MP Gifts DC3 Dakota Aircraft To Indian Air Force

In a Historic moment for the nation and the Indian Air Force, Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar today gifted a  DC3 Dakota aircraft bearing the Tail Number VP 905 and called “Parashurama” in a signing ceremony to the Indian Air Force to be part of  its Vintage Fleet.

A Gift Deed was signed between Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa, and the Air Commodore M K Chandrasekhar, VM, VSM (Retd)- Rajeev Chandrasekhar’s father who a Dakota Pilot himself here in New Delhi today. The MP gifted the restored WW2 Dakota aircraft’s Papers & Deed to Chief of Air Staff on behalf of his father.

This Tail No. VP -905 holds special significance for the Indian Air Force as it was the first Dakota aircraft that transported troops of First Sikh regiment to Srinagar on October 27, 1947 during the Indo Pak War under the command of Lt Col Dewan Ranjit Rai bore the Tail No VP 905.

Speaking on the Occasion, Rajeev Chandrasekhar said “the Dakota (Dak) was also part of my childhood as my father flew it all over India and so today I fulfil my dream of helping my father donate a DC3 Dakota to the Indian Air Force. This aircraft VP 905 is dedicated to all Air Warriors and their families who served an flew the Dakota in various IAF operations in remotest parts of #India from 1947-1971” an emotional Air Commodore M K Chandrasekhar, VM, VSM (Retd) said.

Replying to a question as to why he chose the Aircraft to be named “Parashurama” the MP said the Dakota DC3 was named Parashurama - to signify the eternal warrior – after Saint Parashurama - the sixth avatar of Vishnu. Like other avatars of Vishnu, he appears at a time when overwhelming evil prevailed on earth to correct the cosmic equilibrium by destroying the evil forces.

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