Bhubaneswar: Around 850 students of SAI International visited the renovated Douglas DC-3 ‘Dakota’ which is displayed at Biju Patnaik International Airport here.
The iconic aircraft, which was used by former Odisha CM Biju Patnaik, is a symbol of his courage and adventurism, and serves as an inspiration for people of the state to dream big.
The students were in awe of the refurbished and reassembled Dakota aircraft, which was unveiled by the late Biju’s son and current CM Naveen for public viewing at Bhubaneswar airport on March 5, to mark the 107th birth anniversary of the legendary leader.
Learning beyond classroom is a core experiential learning practised by SAI International, and it was a great experience for the children of SAI Angan as they moved around the place with great zeal and enthusiasm.
Learning about the history of the most talked-about aircraft, SAIoneers were enlightened about how the iconic ‘Dakota’ resembles Odisha’s rich aviation history and is a befitting tribute to one of the most iconic personalities of Odisha.
“I loved the Dakota aircraft, it inspires me to become a pilot and serve my nation,” said a young SAIoneer after the visit.
“We want our SAI children to learn through experience and get inspired by allowing them to witness the heritage of our state and nation to build an India as envisioned by great leaders of the past,” said SAI International chairperson Dr Silpi Sahoo.
The students learnt how the Dakota (DC-3) Aircraft (VT-AUI) was part of erstwhile Kalinga Airlines, founded by Biju, and that the former CM was the airline’s chief pilot.