This used to be one of the DC-3 centers in South America. But now this is the very last DC-3 to remain at Ciudad Bolivar. Completely painted white, no trace of an identification mark. I presume it is one of the Rutaca ones, as it was parked on their ramp. Seen from the city park on the otherside of the runway.
Preserved with a fake serial, it is ex F-BAIF, FAF 76787, USAAF 44-76787. Unfortunately this aircraft was completely wrecked on 13 Aug 2010 when, during a road transport to Valkenburg air base, it struck the wall of an overpass.
In the woods near the village of Best (NL) a museum called 'Bevrijdende Vleugels' (= Wings of Liberation) reminds us of D-Day, an important event in our history. The museum had two well-restored Dakotas parked outside in the markings used during the invasion. Both carry a fake serial, "290321" on this one is in fact the birth date of Jan Driessen, the founder of the museum. In real life this aircraft was USAAF 43-2022.