01 Nov Take a trip down memory lane with a chartered flight aboard the DC-4.
Take a trip down memory lane with a chartered flight aboard the DC-4.
If you have dreamt of uniquely experiencing the history of this beautiful country we call home, now is as good a time as any, as we take a step back in time to jump onboard one of South Africa’s original aircraft – the Douglas DC-4 Skymaster.
These majestic beauties are two of the very few passenger-licensed Douglas DC-4 Skymaster’s in operation today around the world. South Africa is lucky to have these treasures of history in our possession, and it’s an honour to fly onboard one of them.
History of the Douglas DC-4.
South African Airways first acquired their DC-4’s between 1945 and 1947 for use on the famous Johannesburg to London “Springbok Service”. The DC-4 Skymaster was typically known as a passenger and VIP transport plane, but did its fair share of fighting as well. The DC-4 supported aerial strikes during the Bush and Angolan wars, becoming a force to be reckoned with. The Skymaster planes were officially phased out at the end of 1992 when four of the five aircraft ceased operating.
Watch this video of a DC-4 Skymaster plane in flight.
Two of the five DC-4 Skymaster aeroplanes were then purchased by SkyClass in the late 2000s, and given a fresh new lease on life. They have been completely overhauled and revamped for passenger luxury.
The DC-4 Charm.
Since their makeover, the beautiful DC-4’s have been exclusively designed with 50 business class seats and spacious full height interiors. The planes have become great favourites amongst passengers, particularly in the tourism industry, as they venture as far as North America and Europe. Their range of over 3000 km’s makes for easy trips in and around African shores and many of the tropical islands in the toasty waters of the Indian Ocean.
Indiza Charters will happily charter one of the DC-4 Skymaster aeroplanes for you and your team for a once-in-a-lifetime nostalgic trip to a destination of your choice. This is an experience not to be missed, as you venture back in time with one of these majestic aircraft, with such rich history.