It took five months for four Irish aeroplane enthusiasts to fly a DC 3 Dakota aircraft from Argentina to Ireland.

The Dakota aeroplanes were the mainstay of the Aer Lingus fleet until 1964. This group of aviation enthusiasts tracked down a Dakota in South America and flew it home. The aircraft which was built in 1939 has just completed a 7,000 mile journey. The journey took a total of five months with stopovers on three continents. 

The crew led by Dubliners Tommy Vaughan and Gerry Butler now plan a major overhaul of the aeroplane before embarking on a world tour of international air displays. 

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 25 March 1984. The reporter is Alan McCullough.