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C/N 9581

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ZS-GPL was bought by the construction company Grinaker Limited in March 1971 and based at Grand Central Airport. The company named the aircraft Mosadi Mogolo and it served with Grinair until March 1976 when it was sold to Sandriver Safari for operations by United Air Services with is maintenance base at Wonderboom Airport, Pretoria.

It was re-registered in Botswana as A2-ACH with Air Services Botswana (Pty) Ltd in February 1980 for operations in the then Rhodesia to provide transport for election officials and monitors during that country’s independence elections.

The Dakota returned to United Air Services in March 1980. Sandriver Safaris/United Air Services was taken over by Wonder Air (also based at Wonderboom) in 1988, along with its fleet of DC-3s.

On 11 January 1996 ZS-GPL was sold to a traditional healer Mr S.E. Mbatha. The amount of flying done during this ownership is not known, but in 2001 ZS-GPL was purchased by Capt Flippie Vermeulen for operations by his company Springbok Classic Air. The aircraft was registered in his wife Maryna J Vermeulen’s name on 12 April 2001 and is currently based at Rand Airport.

ZS-GPL was sold during 2009 to Indigo Aviation and was ferried to Dar Es Salaam in Tanzania. She was registered 5H-DAK and named Wave Dance. Her first Service with Indigo was 22 June 2009.

Previous History

Delivered to the USAAF as Skytrain 42-23719 on 22 May 1945. It remained within the USA during World War II and was passed on to the Reconstruction Finance Corporation on 26 August 1946. It was sold as NC47573 to General Airways Inc of Portland, Oregon.

During 1966 it was sold to North American Aviation Inc at Los Angeles. In December 1970 the new owner was Elbee Co, also from Los Angeles, who then sold it to Grinair in March 1971.

Thanks to DC-1, DC-2, DC-3 The First Seventy Years by Jennifer Gradidge for some of the historical information.

Contributed by Karel Zaayman
Life Member Dakota Association of South Africa
6 August 2008

9581 ZS-GPL United Air Clinton Groves

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ZS-GPL

United Air

Photograph: Clinton H Groves collection

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ZS-GPL

United Air

Photograph: Will Blunt

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ZS-GPL

United Air

Photograph: Will Blunt

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ZS-GPL

Photograph: Steve Morrison

C/N 9581

ZS-GPL

United Air

My name is Daniel Zuppinger, I live in Switzerland, but have spent in the 1980s a few years in South Africa. While I was there I started with Skydiving, which I did for many years. My second Hobby is photography. While I was looking through my archives I came across photos of DC-3 ZS-GPL taken in Phalaborwa in about 1983-1985. I was wondering what happened to the old jump-ship and doing a Google search I came across your webpage.

This aircraft touched the ground with the wingtip on take-off in Phalaborwa. I was sitting near the front and did not see much more than the dust blowing into the open door. I was one of the 35 odd jumpers on board when this happened. We were lucky to escape unharmed.

I thought you might enjoy this little bit of history I can add and send you two photographs of ZS-GPL.

Hope you enjoy this little contribution.

Regards

Daniel Zuppinger

7 July 2012

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ZS-GPL

United Air
Photograph: Daniel Zuppinger

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ZS-GPL

United Air
Photograph: Daniel Zuppinger

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ZS-GPL

Grinair

Photograph: Bruce Perkins

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ZS-GPL Grinair

The aircraft was named Mosadi Mogolo

Photograph: Will Blunt

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ZS-GPL Grinair

Photograph: Will Blunt

9581 ZS-GPL Grinair Clinton Groves 3001704

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ZS-GPL

Grinair

The aircraft was named Mosadi Mogolo

Photograph: Clinton H Groves collection

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ZS-GPL Sprinbok Flying Safaris

Photograph: Frederic Lert

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ZS-GPL Sprinbok Flying Safaris

Photograph: Frederic Lert

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C/N 9581

ZS-GPL Sprinbok Flying Safaris

Rand Airport 9 February 2006

Photograph: Timothy Webster

ZS-GPL Springbok Flying Safaris

Photograph: Bruce Perkins

ZS-GPL Springbok Flying Safaris

Photograph: Bruce Perkins

ZS-GPL Springbok Flying Safaris

Photograph: Bruce Perkins

ZS-GPL Springbok Flying Safaris

Photograph: Bruce Perkins

ZS-GPL Springbok Flying Safaris

Photograph: Bruce Perkins

ZS-GPL Springbok Flying Safaris

Photograph: Bruce Perkins

ZS-GPL Springbok Flying Safaris

Photograph: Stephan Rossouw SR Photography

ZS-GPL Springbok Flying Safaris

Photograph: Stephan Rossouw SR Photography

ZS-GPL Springbok Flying Safaris

Photograph: Stephan Rossouw SR Photography

9581 ZS-GPL Rand 28 July 2003 Thomas Posch

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ZS-GPL Sprinbok Flying Safaris

Rand Airport 28 July 2003

Photograph: Thomas Posch

9581 ZS-GPL Rand 10 July 2008 Thomas Posch

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ZS-GPL Sprinbok Flying Safaris

Rand Airport 10 July 2008

Photograph: Thomas Posch


9581 ZS-GPL Rand 23 September 2008 Steve Brimley

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ZS-GPL Sprinbok Flying Safaris

Rand Airport 23 September 2008

Photograph: Steve Brimley

9581 ZS-GPL Leon Apicella 1

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ZS-GPL Sprinbok Flying Safaris

Photograph: Leon Apicella


9581 ZS-GPL Leon Apicella 2

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ZS-GPL Sprinbok Flying Safaris

Photograph: Leon Apicella


9581 ZS-GPL Leon Apicella 3

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ZS-GPL Sprinbok Flying Safaris

Photograph: Leon Apicella


9581 ZS-GPL Leon Apicella 4

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ZS-GPL Sprinbok Flying Safaris

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Photograph: Leon Apicella

9581 ZS-GPL Leon Apicella 5

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ZS-GPL Sprinbok Flying Safaris

Photograph: Leon Apicella


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ZS-GPL

Indigo Aviation

Rand Airport 2009

Photograph: Bruce Perkins

 

 




 
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