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Broken Dreams by Suzanne van Leendert

Filmmaker Suzanne van Leendert made a great documentary about the lifetime story of the Dakota airplanes. The first planes were built during WWII, where mainly American women assembled the airplanes in US factories. These women were very proud on their jobs and performed a perfect job, because they realized that the lives of their husbands and boyfriends were depending of the reliability of the planes. During the war the planes were used for transportation of troops and military materials. After the war the planes were used for transportation of wounded soldiers and troops back to USA. The planes got a second life when Air France remodeled the planes and made it suitable for normal passengers and mail transportation (BAIF). Later on, the Dakota airplanes were worldwide used as standard passenger and freight planes named DC-3. When larger planes, like Boeing 707 replaced the DC-3 airplanes, the planes were still used in Africa and Borneo for all kinds of transportation. This documentary shows the love for and the nostalgia people experience when confronted with the Dakota plane.
Suzanne van Leendert
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Suzanne van Leendert
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