AUSTRALIA

Flyable (potentially)
10
Non-Flying
11
Preserved (Intact)
17
Displayed (Incomplete)
10
Wreckage
16
TOTAL
64

(Table amended 02SEP16. See Amendment #84)

 


C/N
Regn
Previous Identities
Owner Location
Status
Note
1941
VHCXD
PH-ALT
PK-ALT
Memorial Bamaga Airfield, QLD 4876
W
.
1944
VH-ANR
PH-ALW
PK-ALW
1944
VHCXE
VHCXL
Queensland Air Museum Caloundra, QLD 4551
P
QAM Website
1965
PK-AFV
PH-ALP
Broome Historical Society Broome, WA 6725
W
28
2029
VH-ABR
VH-ABR
A30-3
Ansett Historical Aviation Group Tullamarine, VIC 3043
F
36
3272
VH-ANN
NC1947
41-7687
VHCDB
VH-ANN
VH-GAH
Darryl Gibbs/CNAPG (nose) Clyde North, VIC 3978
D
1
4120
VH-ANH
NC33657
41-7698
VHCDJ
Moorabbin Air Museum Moorabbin, VIC 3189
P
.
4836
41-20066
VHCDW
USAF C-53 near Truscott Airfield WA
W
.
6007
VH-EWE
41-18646
VH-AER
VH-EWF
Jeff Morgan "Marama", Karoonda SA 5307
N
2
6009
VHCGS
41-18648
USAF C-47 35 miles west of Monto QLD 4630
W
20
6021
VH-AES
41-18660
VH-AES
VH-SBA
VH-AES
VH-SBA
Hawdon Operations Limited Albion Park Airport, NSW 2527
F
.
6024
VH-AEQ
41-18663
Jason Burgess Pending relocation to near Swan Hill, VIC 3585
N
16
6051
VH-DAS
41-38668
VH-AEO
Kuranda Heritage Market Kuranda, QLD 4872
W
.
6108
VH-SBO
41-19465
VH-AEU
VH-SBO
P2-SBO
P2-ANT
Jason Burgess (nose only) near Swan Hill, VIC but across the border in NSW.
D
8
9282
VHCFM
42-23420
Memorial The Lodge, Carnarvon Gorge
W
18
9593
VH-MMA
42-23731
A65-13
VHCTL
VH-MMA
P2-MMA
P2-ANS
VH-MWQ
John Hardy Aviation Parap (Darwin) NT 0804
F

See Issue #27

See Issue #28

11973
N2-23
42-92199
A65-23
VHCTB
Historical Society West Wyalong, NSW 2671
P
.
11974
A65-24
42-92200
VHCTW
Darryl Gibbs/CNAPG (nose only) Wagga Wagga, NSW 2650
D
1
12056
VH-SBL
42-92274
A65-29
VHCTZ
VH-TAE
VH-SBL
P2-SBL
P2-ANR
Peter Starr Larras Lee, NSW 2866
F
25

 

12187
"VH-BPA"
42-92392
FZ631
VH-EAN
VH-EBF
VH-EBU
VH-SBD
P2-SBD
P2-ANO
N5590C
David Kingshott
Pacific Dakota Restorations
(nose only)
Caboolture, QLD 4510
D
3
12540
VH-XUX
42-92709
A65-41
VHCUK
VH-MMF
Flying Tiger Historical Organization. Loaned to Flying Tiger Heritage Park Guilin, China.
F
17
12542
N2-43
42-92711
A65-43
VHCUN
Royal Australian Navy AMOF Nowra, NSW 2540
P
.
12638
42-108879
nil
Arthur Schmidt Mildura, VIC 3500
D
14
12873
VH-EAP
42-93009
A65-44
VHCIA
VH-EAP
VH-EBY
VH-SBG
P2-SBG
P2-ANP
N5590A
VH-BPL
Qantas Founders Outback Museum Longreach, QLD 4730
P
24
12874
VH-EDC
42-93010
A65-46
VHCIC
VH-JVF
VH-CAR
Jason Burgess near Swan Hill, VIC but across the border in NSW.
W
15
12880
DT-941
42-93015
Wreck near Mossman, QLD 4873
W
29
13082
A65-50
42-93197
A65-50
VHCIF
Wreck Mount Kosciuszco, NSW
W
21
13084
VH-BAA
42-93199
A65-49
VHCIE
VH-EAL
VH-EBH
VH-EBW
Central Aust Aviation Museum Alice Springs, NT 0870
P
10
13210
"VHDAK"
42-93312
W-12
Werner Kroll Samford, QLD 4520
D
9
13338
VH-TAK
42-108949
A65-52
VHCII
David Rasmus Gawler, SA 5118
W
27
13459
VH-MIN
42-93536
KG647
G-AIAZ
KG647
VH-SMI
Moose Toys Grange Road, Moorabbin, VIC 3194
D
25

 

13624
VH-ANW
42-93685
VH-ANW
VH-GAK
Blair Howe Myalup, WA 6220
P
4
20041
PK-GDC
43-15575
DT-971
VHREY
PK-REY
"VN-BME"
Pleun and Hennie Hitzert, Lily Dutch Windmill Amelup, WA 6338
N
19
13864/
25309
N2271C
43-48048
KG765
C-406
G-ANZE
"XY-URT"
Ipswich Amberley Aviation Museum RAAF Amberley, QLD 4306
P
.
13922/
25367
VH-EDD
43-48106
A65-57
VHCUR
VH-EAO
VH-EBX
VH-SBH
X-18
Believe scrapped in Cairns Believe scrapped in Cairns.
Instrument panel and control yokes acquired by QAM in June 2016.
W
5
14050/
25495
VH-BAB
43-48234
VH-DMV
VH-CAO
David Kingshott
Pacific Dakota Restorations
Caboolture, QLD 4510
N
22
14556/
26001
VH-PWN (#2)
43-48740
A65-63
VHCKN
Discovery Air Tours (formerly Dakota National Air) Larras Lee, NSW 2866
N
25
15193/
26638
P2-003
43-49377
A65-67
VHCUX
P65-003
Amaroo Tavern Moree, NSW 2400
N
.
15195/
26640
VH-JGL
43-49379
A65-64
VHCUU
Mulwala & District RSL Mulwala, NSW 2647
P
26
15685/
27130
VH-DNA
43-49869
A65-68
VHCUY
P65-004
P2-004
Discovery Air Tours (formerly Dakota National Air) Larras Lee, NSW 2866
N
25
15686/
27131
A65-71
43-49870
A65-71
VHCIN
Australian War Memorial Canberra, ACT 2600
P
11
15919/
32667
A65-75
44-76335
A65-75
VHCIR
Wreck Daly Waters, NT 0852
W
.
15920/
32668
VH-AGU
44-76336
A65-72
VHCIO
Jeff Trappett Latrobe Valley, VIC
F
Adastra
Website
15923/
32671
A65-73
44-76339
A65-73
VHCIP
Sid Beck's Museum Mareeba, QLD 4880
P
.
15929/
32677
A65-78
44-76345
A65-78
VHCIU
RAAF Museum Point Cook, VIC 3030
P
12
15997/
32745
KN374
44-76413
Werner Kroll Samford, QLD 4520
D
13
16131/
32879
VH-NVD
44-76547
A65-86
VHRFC
Royal Australian Navy Museum Nowra, NSW 2540
N
.
16135/
32883
VH-NVZ
44-76551
A65-90
VHRFG
N2-90
Royal Australian Navy Museum Nowra, NSW 2540
N
.
16136/
32884
VH-TMQ
44-76552
A65-91
VHRFH
Australasian Jet Pty Ltd Essendon Airport, VIC 3041
F
35
16147/
32895
PK-RDB
44-76563
NZ3537
ZK-AOZ
5W-FAA
Aviation Historical Society of the Northern Territory / Australian Aviation Heritage Centre Darwin, NT 0800
W
30

QAM Website
16197/
32945
VH-BPN

44-76613
KN470
H-717
G-ANMA
VH-MML
P2-MML
P2-ANV
VH-MML

Discovery Air Tours (formerly Dakota National Air) Larras Lee, NSW 2866
N
25
16348/
33096
VH-EAE
44-76764
A65-95
VHRFL
Historical Aircraft Restoration Society Albion Park Airport, NSW 2527
F
.
16354/
33102
VH-OVM
44-76770
A65-98
VHRFO
Shortstop Jet Charter Essendon Airport, VIC 3041
F
.
16358/
33106
VH-EAF
44-76774
A65-94
VHRFK
Historical Aircraft Restoration Society Albion Park Airport, NSW 2527
F
.
16361/
33109
P2-001
44-76777
A65-100
VHRFQ
P65-001
(VH-DNF)
David Salter Walcha, NSW 2854
P
25
16365/
33113
VH-SPY
44-76781
A65-102
VHRFS
VH-PTS
N65388
South Pacific Airmotive / Geoff Leach Edmonton, QLD 4869
P
31
16547/
33295
A65-104
44-76963
A65-104
VHRFU
Aviation Historical Society of the Northern Territory / Australian Aviation Heritage Centre Darwin, NT 0800
W
6
16549/
33297
VH-JXD
44-76965
A65-108
VHRGZ
Ron Schneider Rupanyup, VIC 3388
N
.
16552/
33300
VH-UPQ
44-76968
A65-105
VHRFV
Australian Aviation Museum Bankstown Airport, NSW 2200
P
25
16553/
33301
VH-MMD
44-76969
A65-109
VHRGX
VH-MMD
P2-MMD
P2-ANU
Australian Aviation Museum Bankstown Airport, NSW 2200
P
.
16556/
33304
A65-111
44-76972
A65-111
VHRFY
David Anderson (nose only) Moorabbin, VIC 3189
P
.
16713/
33460
A65-114
44-77128
A65-114
VHRGB
South Australian Aviation Museum Port Adelaide, SA 5015
D
.
16716/
33464
A65-115
44-77132
A65-115
VHRGC
Darwin Harbour
(5 km off East Point)
Darwin, NT 0800
W
34
16960/
34220
A65-124
45-957
A65-124
VHRGL
Air Force Assn Museum Bull Creek, WA 6149
D
.
?
?
?
Queensland Air Museum (nose only) Caloundra, QLD 4551
W
7

 

EXPORTED

(Not included in Census)

 

C/N
Regn
Previous Identities
Owner Location
Status
Note
9286
VH-CWS
42-23424
A65-9
VHCTI
VH-EAM
VH-EWA
VH-EWF
VH-PWN
ZK-AMS
Change of ownership pending Masan, South Korea
P
32

 

AMENDMENT RECORD

[The latest amendment is at the top]


ISSUE
DATE
REMARKS
87
17AUG17
VH-ABR (2029) flew again after a lengthy restoration on 14AUG17. See Note 36
86
16MAR17
VH-SPY (16365/ 33113) has been located on a private property at Edmonton south of Cairns. The name of the new owner is not known. Thanks to Ted Annand for this sighting. See Note 31
85
12MAR17
VH-SPY (16365/ 33113) was sighted on 06FEB16 on a low-loader being transported to a private property location unknown. Status changed from N to P. See Note 31
84
02SEP16
The Census table has been amended with the addition of a new category D. This is to provide for aircraft that do not really qualify as Preserved as they are significantly incomplete. VH-MIN (see below) is a case in point. Thus:

P = Preserved (Intact)
D = Displayed (Incomplete)

Accordingly, the following 8 aircraft were reclassified from P to D.
3272
6108
11974
12638
13210
15997/32745
16556/33304
16960/34220

VH-MIN has been reclassified from N to D.

"VH-BPA" has been reclassified from W to D.
VH-MIN (13459) has been sectioned and displayed at Moose Toys at Moorabbin Airport. See Note 25
83
19AUG16
VH-CWS (9286) was photographed on a dock in South Korea on or about 12APR16. Details of this aircraft have been retained in a new section headed EXPORTED. See Note 32
82
19AUG16
VH-XUX (12540) correcting the previous amendment. Although the aircraft is now owned by the Flying Tiger Historical Organization, it will remain on the Australian register and possibly return to Australia in the future. Consequently, the aircraft has been reinstated on the Australian census. Thanks to Ralph Chrystall for this information. See Note 17
81
16AUG16
VH-XUX (12540) departed Bathurst on 15AUG16 on delivery to China. This aircraft has been deleted from the census total but all details have been ratained in a new table headed "EXPORTED". See Note 17
80
12JUN16
VH-AES (6021) is now based with HARS at Albion Park. The aircraft was flown in on 11JUN16.
79
22JAN16
VH-CWS (9286) has been dismantled, reportedly for shipping to a military museum in Korea. Status has been changed from F to P and the total reduced by one. See Note 32
78
04DEC15
VH-XUX (12540) was successfully test flown on 25NOV15. The aircraft's status has been changed from N to F. See Note 17
77
06OCT15
VH-AES (6021) is now registered to Hawdon Operations Limited, Spring Hill, QLD but the aeroplane is based at Avalon, VIC. Thanks to Greg Thom for this update.
76
25SEP15
VH-DNF (16361/33109) the fuselage with wing centre section departed Larras Lee on 23SEP15 by road to David Salter's property near Walcha, NSW.
75
11SEP15
VH-BAB (14050/25495) has been having regular engine runs while fundraising for the rebuild continues.
The nose section of DC-3 (12187) which was once displayed on a pole at Cairns Airport as "VH-BPA" has been repainted olive drab and grey and named "Freedom". It will be turned into a trailer-mounted simulator. Thanks to Ian McDonell for these updates.
74
19AUG15
VH-MMF (12540) was re-registered VH-XUX on 28JUL15 to Ralph Chrystall.
73
12APR15
VH-DNF (16361/33109) has been sold to David Salter who plans to move the aircraft from Larras Lee to his property near Walcha, NSW. The aircraft will not be on public display. Aircraft status changed from N to P.
72
08JAN15
VH-BAB (14050/25495) was sold to David Kingshott on 24SEP14.
71
17DEC14
VH-BAB (14050/25495) has been sold to David Kingshott of Pacific Dakota Restorations for airworthy restoration at Caboolture. The aircraft arrived at Caboolture by road on 17DEC14.
Also acquired by David Kingshott of Pacific Dakota Restorations is the nose section of the DC-3 (12187) which was once displayed on a pole at Cairns Airport as "VH-BPA". This nose section arrived at Caboolture by road on 17DEC14 along with VH-BAB.
With the closure of the Butler Air Transport Museum at Tooraweenah, VH-DNF (16361/33109) has been advertised for sale.
70
07MAY14
The nose section of VH-TAK (13338) has been acquired by David Rasmus of Gawler, SA.
69
21APR14
Added an update on plans to use PK-GDC (20041) for accommodation.
68
06MAR13
The former P2-001 and VH-DNF (NTU) (16361/33109) has been sold to the Butler Air Transport Museum at Tooraweenah.
VH-AGU (15920/32668) appeared at the Australian International Airshow at Avalon painted to represent an AC-47 gunship. The aircraft carries the name "Spooky".
67
03FEB13
The remains of VH-EDC (12874) are located on a farm near Swan Hill.
66
22JAN13
VH-SBL (12056) landed at Larras Lee on 11JAN13.
65
09DEC12
VH-MMF (12540) as sold to Ralph Chrystall on 28JUN12. (Correcting issue #61 which stated that it was sold to Peter Starr. Actually Mr Starr was bidding on behalf of Mr Chrystall). (Source: Ralph Chrystall)
VH-SBL(12056) still belongs to Peter Starr. The aircraft will be flown to a newly constructed airfield at Larras Lee from where it will be flown occasionally. (Source: Ralph Chrystall)
64
07DEC12
VH-SBL (12056) flew away from Essendon on 06DEC12.
63
03NOV12
PK-GDC (20041) the former Broome tourism office has changed hands again. See Note 19.
VH-TAK (13338) is now located at Heathcote, Vic with the Derelict Aircraft Museum. See Note 27.
62
08OCT12
VH-CWS (9286) is again advertised for sale. See Note 32 .
61
03JUL12
VH-MMF (12540) was sold to Peter Starr on 28JUN12.
60
23JUN12
VH-MMF (12540) is to be auctioned at Bankstown on 28JUN12.
59
05MAY12
VH-DNF (16361/33109) was transported from Warnervale to Larras Lee on 24FEB10.
58
05NOV10
VH-CWS (9286) is now registered to Peter Christoudias / JNP Enterprises Pty Ltd trading as Broome Air Services in Broome, WA. See Note 32 .
57
12JUL10
VH-CWS (9286) is now registered to Slattery Auctions Australia Pty Ltd. See Note 32 .
The nose section of A65-104 (33295) was used in a procession in APR80 but subsequently destroyed.
See Note 6.
56
20MAY10
The port wing of A65-104 (33295) has been moved to the AAHC. See Note 6.
The wings and centre section of PK-RDB (32895) have been scrapped. See Note 30.
55
04MAR10
VH-DNF (16361/33109) was transported from Warnervale to Larras Lee on 24FEB10.
54
28JAN10
VH-PWN#2 (14556/26001) departed Bankstown by road on 21JAN10 and arrived at Larras Lee the same day.
VH-DNF (16361/33109) will be transported from Warnervale to Larras Lee in early 2010.
53
30DEC09
The following DC-3s formerly operated by Discovery Air Tours are being transported by road from Bankstown Airport to Larras Lee near Molong, NSW. The aircraft are stored in the open at Larras Lee on a property belonging to Chrystall Transport who also transported the aircraft.
VH-BPN (161197/32945) arrived at Larras Lee on (approximately) 25NOV09.
VH-MIN (13459) arrived at Larras Lee on 10DEC09.
VH-DNA (15685/27130) arrived at Larras Lee on 17DEC09.
VH-PWN#2 (14556/26001) will be transported early in 2010.

VH-MIN & VH-DNA have been recategorised as non-flying. The two RAN Historic Flight aircraft VH-NVD and VH-NVZ have also been recategorised as non-flying. The census totals have been adjusted accordingly.
52
01SEP09
Added an update on the location of components of A65-104 (33295). See Note 6.
Added an update on the location of components of PK-RDB (32895). See Note 30.
51
19JUN09
DC-3TP ZS-OJJ (32961) was noted at the Dodson Aviation hangar at Ottawa, Kansas in May 2009.
See Note 33.
VH-CWS (9286) will be auctioned at Maitland, NSW on 23JUL09. See Note 32.
VH-TMQ (32884) has been sold to Australasian Jet Pty Ltd of Essendon, Vic. See Note 35.
VH-SBL (12056) was noted with an engine running at Essendon Vic. on 15JUN09. See Note 25.

Thanks to Gordon Reid for these updates.

50
10APR09
DC-3TP ZS-OJJ (32961) departed Brisbane for Honiara on 05APR09. See Note 33.
VH-SPY (33113) on 15OCT08 it was noted that fitters were working on the starboard engine and that the 'South Pacific' titles and the double cheatline had been removed. Thanks to Paul Howard for this report which was overlooked at the time.
See Note 31.
49
06APR09
Ownership of VH-UPQ (33300) was transferred to the Australian Aviation Museum on 16FEB09.
See Note 25.
48
16MAR09
"VH-BPA" (12187) was found to be beyond saving and the airframe was broken up on 16JAN09. The nose went to Warbird Adventures at Mareeba and some parts went to QFM at Longreach. The remainder of the airframe has been scrapped. See Note 3.
47
15MAR09
The following 6 DC-3s formerly operated by Discovery Air Tours are to be sold at auction on 25MAR09. The notes appearing below are from the auction catalogue. All aircraft were passed in and no sales eventuated.
VH-BPN (161197/32945) Refurbishment 2003 not complete, but has undergone extensive airframe work. Located Bankstown.
VH-DNA (15685/27130) Located at Bankstown awaiting engine overhaul / replacement. Was extensively refurbished in 2000.
VH-DNF (16361/33109) Located at Warnervale, unserviceable but complete, low time airframe.
VH-MIN (13459) Refurbished 2002. Located at Bankstown. Unserviceable, requires engines & 100hrly.
VH-PWN#2 (14556/26001) Located at Bankstown. Unserviceable, some damage, low time airframe.
VH-SBL (12056) Refurbished 1999. Located at Essendon Vic. for maintenance, undergoing 100hrly inspection. Good serviceable aircraft.
46
22JAN09
The Registration Holder/Operator of VH-CWS (9286) changed on 12JAN09 to Westpac Banking Corporation, Concord West, NSW. See Note 32.
45
06JAN09
DC-3TP ZS-OJJ (32961) was still parked at Goulburn in December 2008. See Note 33.
44
30DEC08
Classic Wings advise that their last day of operations will be 10JAN09 and that VH-CWS (9286) will be available for sale after this date. See Note 32.
43
19SEP08
"VH-BPA" (12187) has been removed from its plinth at Cairns Airport for an inspection of its structural integrity. See Note 3.
42
09SEP08
Classic Wings have been issued with an AOC and expect to resume operations with VH-CWS (9286) in late September 2008. See Note 32.
41
23AUG08
Classic Wings have received approval for an AOC and expect to resume operations with VH-CWS (9286) in late September 2008. See Note 32.
40
03SEP07
Added the underwater wreck of A65-115 (33464). See Note 34.
39
21JUN07
The former VH-BPL (12873) has been painted in Qantas Empire Airways markings as VH-EAP.
See Note 24.
38
25MAR07
It is reported that Classic Wings suspended all operations with VH-CWS (9286) on 21FEB07. See Note 32.
37
28FEB07
The wreckage reported to be at Watts Bridge has been identified as KN374 (15997/32745). As it is now known to be an externally complete fuselage, it has been deleted from the wreckage total and added to the preserved total. Thanks to its owner Werner Kroll for making the identification. See Note 13.
Recent arrival, DC-3TP ZS-OJJ (32961) has been added to the list of flying aircraft.
See Note 33.
36
28AUG06
VH-CWS (9286) departed Bankstown on 25AUG06 and arrived at Jandakot on 28AUG06. See Note 32.
35
14MAY06
Jason Burgess reports that he acquired VH-AEQ (6024) on 13MAY06. Thanks for the first-hand report Jason.
See Note 16.
34
27MAR06
The former ZK-AMS (9286) was re-registered VH-CWS on 14 MAR 2006 and as a result has been transferred from the New Zealand census page.
See Note 32.
33
05DEC05
The trailer-mounted nose section of VH-SBO (6108) belongs to Jason Burgess.
See Note 8.
32
01AUG05
Thanks to Eric Munk for the following additions and amendments:
PK-AFV (1965) was added to the listing.
DT-941 (12880) was added to the listing.
Wreckage of PK-RDB (32895) is aft fuselage and tail section only.
VH-SPY (33113) status changed from flying to non flying.
A65-104 (33295) amount of wreckage at Darwin is greater than previously reported.
31
24APR05
VH-MMA (9593) arrived in Darwin on 15FEB05 after its lengthy layup in Kununurra awaiting a new engine.
30
06MAR05
VH-BPL (12873) arrived at Longreach by road on 03MAR05.
29
02MAR05
Discovery Air Tours have been busy with various tourist flights. Currently they have two aeroplanes in service, VH-SBL and VH-DNA. VH-MIN is out of service and parked at the Australian Aviation Museum at Bankstown minus an engine. It is understood that there is sufficient work for VH-MIN to be returned to service when an overhauled engine is available.
28
09FEB05
VH-BAB (25495) departed Wangaratta by road on 25JAN05, arriving in Mareeba on 30JAN05.
Greg Hardy of Hardy Aviation confirms that the c/n of VH-MMA is definitely 9593.
27
16JAN05
Amendment #25 stated that the c/n of VH-MMA had been corrected from 9593 to 9583. Well this humble webmaster should have had more faith in Big Al because he was right all along! Therefore, the c/n for VH-MMA has been changed back to 9593 and some of the previous identities have been changed accordingly. It should be noted that there is widespread confusion over the c/n of this aeroplane and indeed even the Air-Britain DC-3 book has it wrong. It is believed that the confusion stems from a badly punched digit on the aeroplane's maker's plate.
26
11JAN05
The wrecked nose section of VH-TAK (13338) has surfaced in the collection of the new Mitiamo Air Museum at Mitiamo, Vic. This brings the total to 61. See Note 27.
25
05JAN05
This page has undergone a major update. The most significant change is that ALL Previous Identities are now listed in chronological order from the top. The most recent identity is that which appears in the column headed Regn.

Identities commencing "VH" but without a hyphen are radio call-signs which were carried concurrently with an RAAF A65 serial. In many cases, these radio call-signs were painted on the fin/rudder of the aircraft, otherwise they appeared only on the instrument panel.

Another significant change is that aircraft which were mistakenly allocated dual constructor's numbers are now listed under both numbers. The first number listed is the incorrect c/n and the second number after the slash is the correct c/n. The Index table below is linked to the correct c/n.

This update has highlighted several typographical errors which are listed below.
VH-MMA (9583) was incorrectly shown as c/n 9593 when it should have been 9583
See Amendment #27
VH-SBL (12056) was incorrectly shown as c/n 12036 when it should have been 12056
VH-EDC (12874) was incorrectly shown as A65-47 when it should have been A65-46
A65-73 (32671) was incorrectly shown as VHCIO when it should have been VHCIP
24
22DEC04
The former VH-JGL (26640) was trucked from Tocumwal to Mulwala on 18OCT04. See Note 26.
23
21DEC04
Darryl Gibbs advises that the nose section of A65-24 (11974) was transported by road from Clyde North to Wagga Wagga on 19/20DEC04. The badly damaged nose section of VH-ANN will follow at a later date. Restoration of A65-24 will resume in Wagga.
22
13DEC04
VH-BAB (25495) has been sold to Mike Spalding of North Queensland Warbirds in Mareeba. See Note 22.
21
07DEC04
VH-JGL (26640) was struck off the register on 16SEP04. See Note 26.
20
25JUN04
VH-BPL (12873) is currently being dismantled in preparation for trucking to the Qantas Founders Outback Museum in Longreach. It is reported that the aeroplane will be painted silver overall and marked as VH-EAP with Qantas Empire Airways titles.
VH-BPN (32945) status changed from Flying to Non-Flying. The aircraft is stored at the Australian Aviation Museum, Bankstown along with VH-PWN and VH-UPQ.
VH-UPQ (33300) is stored at the Australian Aviation Museum, Bankstown along with VH-PWN and VH-BPN.
VH-PWN (#2) (26001) is stored at the Australian Aviation Museum, Bankstown along with VH-BPN and VH-UPQ.
ZK-AMS (formerly VH-PWN #1) (9286) has been operating in Australia on lease to Pionair Australia since early May 2004. The aircraft is operating out of Bankstown. It is expected that ZK-AMS will eventually return to the Australian Register, at which time it will be moved from the NZ Census page to the Australian Census page.
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16MAR04
I am advised that John D. Williams donated VH-BPL (12873) to the Qantas Founders Outback Museum in Longreach on 20th February 2004. See Note 24.
18
14MAR04
VH-BPL (12873) has been sold to the Qantas Founders Outback Museum in Longreach. See Note 24.
17
21DEC03
VH-BPL (12873) has been sold to Warwick Allen of Orange, NSW. See Note 23.
16
15SEP03
VH-BAB (25495) has been sold to a purchaser in New Zealand. See Note 22.
15
12SEP03
Allan Bovelt has done a thorough check of the site and the following updates have been incorporated.
6009
Wreck added. See Note 20.
9282
Added further details.
13082
Wreck added. See Note 21.
32667
Wreck added.
33096
Amended base to Albion Park.
33106
Amended base to Albion Park.
14
01SEP03
VH-ANW (13624) was trucked to Myalup, W.A. on 23AUG03. See Note 4.
PK-GDC (20041) was trucked to Armadale, W.A. in May 2003. See Note 19.
13
24MAR03
Fuselage of VH-EDD (25367) has disappeared from Cairns Airport. See Note 5.
12
05JAN03
Added the wreckage of 42-23420 (9282) at Carnarvon Gorge. See Note 18.
11
22JUN02
VH-MMF (12540) was trucked from Camden to Bankstown on 21JUN02 for restoration to airworthiness.
10
27MAY02
Layout changed to show "Previous Identity" column after the "Regn" column.
9
27MAY02
Malcolm Long has sold VH-BAB (25495) to John Raynor and Doug Hamilton.
8
07MAR02
Doug Fawcett's DC-3 (12638) motor home has been sold to Arthur Schmidt of Mildura. See Note 14.
7
25FEB02
Doug Fawcett's DC-3 (12638) motor home has been identified. See Note 14.
6
22DEC01
VH-PWN (26001) changed status to non-flying. Aircraft has been stripped of wings, engines, instruments and radios.
A65-71 (27131) is stored in potentially airworthy condition.
A65-78 (32677) is stored in potentially airworthy condition.
VH-UPQ (33300) changed status to non-flying. Has been stripped of one engine and many parts.
The unidentified nose section held by QAM is possibly from a 300 Wing RAF C-47 named "City of Hereford" (serial unknown). See Note 7.
DC-3 remains at a farmhouse at Watts Bridge, Qld have been added to the "Wreckage" count. Reported to be from a 300 Wing RAF C-47. See Note 13.
Added a DC-3 motor home converted by Doug Fawcett and still active in the Sydney area. See Note 14.
VH-EDC (12874) the fuselage has been moved into a shed near the control tower at Camden. See Note 15.
VH-AEQ (6024) was inspected recently. See Note 16.
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19SEP01
VH-EWE (6007) clarified location.
VH-AEQ (6024) clarified location.
VH-MMD (33301) changed P.I. from A65-109 to P2-ANU.
4
17SEP01
Added Queensland numberplate VHDAK (13210).
3
01SEP01
VH-AEQ (6024) was sighted recently near Bendigo by Jeff Morgan (owner of VH-EWE). It is stored dismantled in the open and for sale. Asking price AU$12,000.
VH-BPL (11973) status changed to Non-Flying.
VH-AGU (32668) location amended to Latrobe Valley Aerodrome (between Morwell and Traralgon). Sighted there on 30th August by Doug Pfitzner.
Al Bovelt has supplied photographic proof that P2-001 (33109) was painted as VH-DNF although these marks were apparently not taken up.
2
27AUG01
Added Notes, Rumours/Queries and Index.
VH-ANN (3272) location established as Clyde North, VIC.
Changed regn to VH-EWE (6007) and P.I. to VH-EWF. See Note 2.
Added nose of VH-SBO (6108) preserved at Tamworth.
A65-24 (11974) location established as Clyde North, VIC.
VH-BAA (13084) carries spurious markings VH-EWE. See Note 10.
Added the "Dakota Motor Home" (13210). See Note 9.
PK-RDB (32895) status changed from Preserved to Wreck.
P2-003 (26638) Marty Taylor no longer owns the Amaroo Tavern.
Swapped P.I. and Regn as still carries VH-SPY (33113).
Added wreckage of A65-104 (33295) at Darwin. See Note 6.
Added unidentified nose section at Queensland Air Museum.
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14AUG01
Original Issue

 

NOTES


1
CNAPG - Clyde North Aeronautical Preservation Group. The nose section of A65-24 was transported from Clyde North to Wagga Wagga on 19/20DEC04. The nose section of VH-ANN, which is badly damaged, will follow later. See Amendment 23.
2
Painted in TAA livery as VH-AER (its identity prior to becoming VH-EWF and VH-EWE with East-West Airlines) this aeroplane was part of the McDonalds restaurant at West Lakes, Adelaide from 03DEC83 until 19JUN00.
3
This aircraft was displayed on a plinth at Cairns Airport. It carried Bush Pilots livery and the fictitious registration VH-BPA. The aircraft was taken down from its plinth on 5 September 2008 for an inspection of its structural integrity. This is the first time that the aeroplane has come down since it was placed on display in 1984. It is to be hoped that the Cairns Port Authority will do the right thing. They didn't. The aircraft was deemed to be beyond saving and the aircraft was broken up on 16JAN09. The nose section went to Warbird Adventures at Mareeba and several components (control surfaces and undercarriage parts) went to the Qantas Founders Museum at Longreach. The remainder of the airframe was scrapped. Moral of the story - don't put aeroplanes up poles. The nose section from this aircraft was acquired by David Kingshott of Pacific Dakota Restorations on 24SEP14 and it arrived at Caboolture, Qld by road on 17DEC14 along with VH-BAB. In SEP15 Ian McDonell advised that the nose section has been painted in olive drab and grey with the name "Freedom". Intention is to turn it into a trailer-mounted simulator. The nose section is now being identified by its former RAF identity FZ631.
4
VH-ANW was part of the McDonalds restaurant at Midland, Perth from 1987 to 2000. It was displayed in fictitious markings as VH-MMF "Fortescue" of MacRobertson Miller Airlines. After being stored at RAAF Caversham in W.A. the aircraft was sold to Mr Blair Howe of Myalup, W.A. The aircraft was trucked from Caversham to Myalup on 23rd August 2003 to be displayed on Mr Howe's airstrip.
5
The fuselage of VH-EDD was still present on the Cairns fire dump in August 2001. The cockpit section was in use as the disc jockey's booth at a Cairns night club but its present status or whereabouts are unknown.
UPDATE February 2003: Paul Howard reports that the fuselage of VH-EDD has disappeared from Cairns Airport. Presumably it has been scrapped. In May 2009 a nose section believed to be from VH-EDD was noted behind one of the hangars at Cairns Airport. This nose section is definitely not from the scrapped "VH-BPA". In June 2016 the instrument panel and control yokes from VH-EDD were acquired by QAM.
6
A65-104 was severely damaged by Cyclone Tracy in Darwin in December 1974. The severed tail section is located in Darwin. There are unconfirmed reports that the nose section is at East Sale, VIC and the fuselage is at Sydenham, NSW. Eric Munk visited Darwin in April 2005 and reports that the wreckage consists of the tail section, wing centre section and starboard wing. In August 2009, Andrew Schulze from the AHSNT advised that the centre section, with starboard wing still attached, is located at the Australian Aviation Heritage Centre in Darwin. The port wing is located at the AHSNT workshop but will be relocated to the AAHC. The AHSNT have expressed interest in reassembling A65-104 so any leads on the existence/location of the fuselage and nose section would be welcome. Andrew Schulze advised on 19MAY10 that the port wing has been relocated to the AAHC where it joins the other remains of A65-104. The nose section of A65-104 (cut off immediately aft of the cockpit sliding window) was mounted on a trailer and used in a procession at East Sale, Victoria in April 1980. Later enquiries by a potential purchaser revealed that the nose section had been taken to the tip and presumably destroyed.
7
This totally gutted nose section, which was intended for conversion to a caravan, was obtained from the Ipswich area by QAM in the mid eighties. It is currently stored in Brisbane. Possibly from a 300 Wing RAF C-47 named "City of Hereford" (serial unknown) acquired for a caravan conversion by Max Fuller of Grange, Brisbane.
8
VH-SBO is the famed "Norman Gunston" aeroplane. The trailer-mounted nose section was purchased by Jason Burgess from David Scott of Tamworth in June 2005. It is currently stored in the Swan Hill area. Jason intends to restore it as VH-AEU or VH-SBO. Jason advises that there is a section of the fuselage from VH-SBO (approx 5 metres long) in use as a farm shed on a property near Tamworth.
9
Last operated by the Netherlands East Indies Navy as W-12. Post-war the fuselage was mounted on an International KB-5 truck chassis by Bill Chater for use as a motor home. Currently roadworthy with Queensland numberplate VHDAK!
10
VH-BAA (c/n 13084) is marked as VH-EWE to commemorate the fact that the real VH-EWE (c/n 6007) was the first aircraft out of Darwin after Cyclone Tracy in December 1974.
11
A65-71 is stored in potentially airworthy condition.
12
A65-78 is stored in potentially airworthy condition.
13
Remains at a farmhouse at Watts Bridge, Qld are reported to be from a 300 Wing RAF C-47 (serial unknown).

IDENTIFIED 27FEB07:
This aircraft is an externally complete fuselage shell minus wings and tail group. It was acquired in March 2004 by Werner Kroll and moved to his property at Samford, QLD. Werner also owns the Dakota road vehicle c/n 13210. The fuselage is identified as a C-47B-25-DK, 44-76413, O/N 3303, AC2032. This would make it c/n 15997/32745 which was delivered to the RAF as KN374 in March 1945. The aircraft served with 300 Wing and was struck off charge on 30 May 1946 and allotted to the USAAF. Werner advises that the aircraft was flown from New Guinea to Brisbane and used for spares. Since acquiring the fuselage, Werner has repaired some skin panels and painted the fuselage light grey with RAF roundels and the name "Piccalilli Lil" (a character from the stage show "A Sentimental Bloke").
14
A motor home converted in 1947 from USAAF C-47 42-108879 (c/n 12638) by Doug Fawcett is still active in the Sydney area. The vehicle was included in an auction of classic cars held in Sydney during February 2002. The vehicle, which is based on a 1940 Chevrolet truck chassis, sold for AU$29,000 to Arthur Schmidt of Mildura, Victoria. The aircraft from which the vehicle is converted made a heavy landing at Bankstown on 13th April 1945 and overshot runway 29 killing the flight engineer. The pilot was 2nd Lt George C. Fitzpatrick.
15
The fuselage of VH-EDC is reported to have been moved inside a hangar at Camden. It has been reported that VH-EDC was "blown up" in the making of the movie "Australia". Can any reader confirm?
Although an appearance in the movie "Australia" is still unresolved, it has been established that the wreck of the aircraft was used in the mini series "Pacific". The remains are now owned by Jason Burgess who has moved them to a farm near Swan Hill where he also has the cockpit section of VH-SBO to be joined by VH-AEQ sometime in 2013.
16
VH-AEQ is stored dismantled on Alvin Petersen's property "Xanadu" in the Kamarooka* State Forest near Bendigo, Victoria. The aircraft still carries the remnants of the markings acquired when it was an advertising sign for the Aeroplane Car Company in Brisbane. The aircraft is in poor condition and for sale. (* previously shown incorrectly as Kwambatook)
Jason Burgess reports that he acquired VH-AEQ on 13MAY06. The aircraft was previously owned by David Hamilton who bought the "Xanadu" property from Alvin Petersen a few years ago. Jason confirms that the aircraft is dismantled and in poor condition. It will be moved to a farm near Swan Hill where Jason already has the cockpit of VH-SBO. It was reported in JAN13 that VH-AEQ would be moved to the farm near Swan Hill in the near future.
17
VH-MMF was trucked from Camden to Bankstown on 21JUN02 for restoration to airworthiness for Geoff Leach (South Pacific Airmotive). Aircraft was sold at auction for $31K to Ralph Chrystall on 28JUN12. On 28JUL15 the aircraft was registered VH-XUX to Ralph Chrystall. VH-XUX was the next available registration and it has no other significance. Curiously, the serial number used for registration purposes is 42-92709 which is the aircraft's USAAF identity. The aircraft was successfully test flown on 25NOV15. It has been reported that the aircraft will be used to re-enact wartime flights over "The Hump" before being placed on display at the Flying Tiger Heritage Park in Guilin, China. The aircraft departed Bathurst on 15AUG16 for Guilin, China. The aircraft will remain on the Australian register and possibly return to Australia in the future. As of 10MAY16 the Registration Holder is the Flying Tiger Historical Organization Inc of Groveland, California. The Registered Operator remains as Ralph Chrystall of Larras Lee, NSW. The aircraft is owned by Flying Tiger Historical Organization and loaned by them to the Flying Tiger Heritage Park.
18
C-47A 42-23420 "Pushy Cat" was en route from Batchelor to Archerfield on 9th November 1943 when it broke up in a storm over the Carnarvon Gorge 60 miles south of Springsure with the loss of 4 crew and 15 passengers. Part of the wreckage was subsequently relocated to a site opposite the Lodge at Carnarvon Gorge where it serves as a memorial.
19
PK-GDC was sold to Peter Hanbury of Armadale, W.A. on 23APR03. During May 2003 the aircraft was dismantled and trucked to the property of Jeff Green at Armadale, W.A. It is reported that the owner is intending to convert the aircraft into a studio.
The aircraft was moved over the weekend of 01/02SEP12 from Armadale to Amelup (north of Albany) in the Stirling Ranges where it will be restored and act as an attraction outside the Lily Dutch Windmill restaurant/accommodation complex. (Report from Merv Prime).
Report on watoday.com.au of 16APR14 that the aeroplane belongs to Pleun and Hennie Hitzert who are converting it to guest accommodation on their property located about 100 kilometres north of Albany in the Stirling Range National Park.
20
C-47 41-18648 "Starduster" disintegrated in flight en route Rockhampton to Archerfield on 21NOV43 while serving with the 21 TCS (MACR 1220). Located 22JUN48. Wreckage still on site.
21
C-47 A65-50 crashed at Mount Cobberos on 24AUG54. Part of the wreck is used as a trampers' hut near Mount Kosciuszco.
22
Doug Hamilton and John Rayner sold DC-3 VH-BAB to Sean O'Sullivan of Wairua, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand on 28JUL03. After the aircraft has been delivered to N.Z. it will be transferred to the N.Z. Census Page.

Despite having been sold in the Airworld dispersal to Sean O'Sullivan in New Zealand, the aircraft was never delivered. Sean O'Sullivan has since sold the aeroplane to Mike Spaulding of Mareeba based North Queensland Warbirds who reportedly intend to make the aeroplane flyable.

VH-BAB departed Wangaratta by road on 25JAN05, arriving in Mareeba on 30JAN05.

The aircraft was sold to David Kingshott of Pacific Dakota Restorations on 24SEP14. The aircraft will be dismantled at Mareeba and trucked to Caboolture for airworthy restoration. The aircraft arrived at Caboolture on 17DEC14 along with the nose section of "VH-BPA" (c/n 12187). SEP15 Update from Ian McDonell. The aircraft is having regular engine runs while fundraising for the rebuild continues. The aircraft is now identified by its former USAAF identity 43-48234.
23
John Williams has sold VH-BPL to Warwick Allen. The aeroplane has been relocated within Hoxton Park Aerodrome and in early January 2004 it will be transported by road to Orange, NSW where it will be painted in Qantas colours and mounted on a turntable to act as a weathervane. The Orange City Council is assisting the project.
24
Evidently, the deal to relocate VH-BPL to Orange (see Note 23) has fallen through, as it has been announced that the aeroplane has been acquired by the Qantas Founders Outback Museum in Longreach. This aeroplane was formerly VH-EAP and VH-EBY with Qantas, so it will make a fine companion for Boeing 747-238B VH-EBQ. The aeroplane was actually donated to the QFOM by John D. Williams on 20th February 2004. Indications are that the aeroplane will be trucked from Hoxton Park to Longreach. Good result!
The aircraft arrived at Longreach by road at last light on 03MAR05. By 06MAR05, both wings and one engine had been fitted and paint stripping begun. The aircraft was painted in Qantas Empire Airways markings as VH-EAP in JUN07.
25
Discovery Air Tours (formerly Dakota National Air) went into administration on 16FEB04 but as of 25JUN04 are still operating with VH-DNA, VH-MIN and VH-SBL. DC-3s VH-BPN, VH-PWN and VH-UPQ are stored at the Australian Aviation Museum at Bankstown. DC-3 P2-001, which was to become VH-DNF, is still stored at Warnervale, NSW where it diverted with engine problems on its delivery flight from Papua New Guinea.

Ownership of VH-UPQ (c/n 16552/33300) was transferred to the Australian Aviation Museum at Bankstown on 16FEB09. Given that the AAM already have VH-MMD (c/n 16553/33301) they now have two DC-3s with consecutive constructor's numbers.

Six Discovery Air Tours DC-3s are to be sold at auction on 25MAR09. Aircraft listed are:
VH-BPN, VH-DNA, VH-DNF, VH-MIN, VH-PWN#2 and VH-SBL. All aircraft were passed in and no sales eventuated. See Issue #47.

VH-SBL was noted at Essendon with an engine running on 15JUN09. The aircraft had arrived at Essendon on 24MAR08 for maintenance.

The 4 Discovery Air Tours DC-3s which were located at Bankstown have been transported by road to a property at Larras Lee near Molong, NSW.
Dates of arrival at Larras Lee are:

VH-BPN 25NOV09 (approx)
VH-MIN 10DEC09
VH-DNA 17DEC09
VH-PWN 21JAN10 (Departed Bankstown same day)
VH-DNF 24FEB10
VH-SBL 11JAN13.

After several days of maintenance and ground running, VH-SBL departed Essendon on 06DEC12 for Temora. VH-SBL landed at Larras Lee on 11JAN13 using a newly constructed airstrip which has been named the Peter Welsh Memorial Airfield. The Late Peter Welsh was a well respected farmer who owned the property on which the airstrip is located.

Ralph Chrystall advised on 06MAR13 that he has sold
c/n 16361/33109 formerly P2-001 and VH-DNF (NTU) to the Butler Air Transport Museum at Tooraweenah, NSW. The aircraft will be moved by road from Larras Lee to Tooraweenah in the near future. Plans to open the Butler Air Transport Museum will not proceed and VH-DNF was advertised for sale in 2014. The aircraft was never transported to Tooraweena.

David Salter advised on 12APR15 that he has acquired VH-DNF and that it will be transported from Larras Lee to his property near Walcha as part of his private collection. The aircraft will not be on public display. The fuselage with wing centre section departed Larras Lee by road on 23SEP15 overnighting in Tamworth. The journey to Walcha was completed on 24SEP15. The aeroplane was subsequently reassembled on the Salter property.

VH-MIN was transported by road from Larras Lee to Moorabbin in 2016. The airframe has been sectioned and parts displayed in a building occupied by Moose Toys. It was originally intended that VH-BPN would be provided but VH-MIN was substituted because thieves had earlier broken into VH-MIN and removed much of the contents of the cockpit.
26
VH-JGL was struck off the register on 16SEP04 as withdrawn from use. The aircraft had been trucked from Wagga to Tocumwal in 2001 and is displayed statically in RAAF markings. (Source: "Australian Aviation" Dec 2004, p.79)

UPDATE 21DEC04 by Gordon Reid: On 18OCT04 the aircraft was trucked from Tocumwal to Mulwala where it is displayed outside the RSL in basic RAAF colours and Dakota Downunder titles but with no serial number or registration. The aircraft is named "Louisa".
27
Previously rumoured to exist in the Bendigo area, the nose section of VH-TAK has surfaced in the collection of the Mitiamo Air Museum at Mitiamo, 85 km north of Bendigo, Victoria. The new museum is operated by Richard Winterburn. The wrecked nose section extends from the forward bulkhead (Station 20) to just aft of the cockpit (Station 86). The collection was relocated to Heathcote, Vic and sometime in 2012 was renamed the Derelict Aircraft Museum. On 06MAY14, David Rasmus advised that he has "just purchased" the nose section of VH-TAK from the Derelict Aircraft Museum and that it is to be restored in Gawler, SA.
28
Parts of KNILM DC-3 PK-AFV which was shot down at Carnot Bay, W.A. on 03MAR42 are displayed by the Broome Historical Society. Parts on display include the rudder, both elevators and an aileron. The centre section, parts of the fuselage and one wing remain on the beach at Carnot Bay, although badly corroded.
29
The wreckage of NEIAF C-47 DT-941 is located on a forrested hill near Mossman, QLD. The aircraft crashed on 07SEP44 killing all 19 on board but the wreckage was not found until JAN89.
30
The wreckage of PK-RDB consists of the aft fuselage and the tail section only. Inspected by Eric Munk in April 2005. Faded paint reveals former identities 5W-FAA and ZK-A--. In August 2009, Andrew Schulze from the AHSNT advised that rear fuselage and tail section are located at the Australian Aviation Heritage Centre. The centre section and both wings are located at the AHSNT workshop. Andrew Schulze advised on 19MAY10 that the wings and centre section of PK-RDB have been scrapped but the rear fuselage and tail section remain at the AAHC. The undercarriage doors from this aircraft are on display at the Queensland Air Museum.
31
VH-SPY was inspected by Eric Munk on 27JUN05 and appears to be parked long term. On 15OCT08 it was noted that fitters were working on the starboard engine and that the 'South Pacific' titles and the double cheatline had been removed. The aircraft was photographed at Cairns Airport in JAN16 with the wings removed. On 06FEB16 the aircraft was sighted on a low-loader being transported to a private property believed to be in the Cairns area. On 16MAR17 the aircraft was sighted stored in the yard of a trucking company at Edmonton south of Cairns. Wings and props are not fitted. It is believed that the aircraft is still owned by Geoff Leach. The aircraft is no longer on the Australian Register as VH-SPY and the American registration N65388 was cancelled by the FAA on 31MAY17.
32

ZK-AMS "Dulcie" departed Christchurch for Kaitaia and Lord Howe Island on 02MAY04. The aircraft arrived in Sydney on 03MAY04 on lease to Pionair Australia Pty Ltd. ZK-AMS entered service with Pionair Australia on 05MAY04. It is expected that the aircraft will be transferred to the Australian Register, at which time the aeroplane will be moved from the NZ Census page to the Australian Census page. In late 2005, ZK-AMS was advertised for sale at NZ$550,000. The aircraft is expected to be replaced on its Australian tour operation by a Convair 580. It is reported that the aircraft has been sold to an operator in Perth, Western Australia for use on tourist flights. ZK-AMS was removed from the NZ Register on 03MAR06. The aircraft was registered VH-CWS to Classic Wings Pty. Ltd. of Midland, WA on 14MAR06. VH-CWS departed Bankstown on 25AUG06 and arrived at Jandakot, W.A. at 1345 local on 28AUG06. It is reported that Classic Wings suspended all operations on 21FEB07. On 23AUG08 David Gray, Managing Director of Classic Wings advised: "We’ve finally been given the approval for our Air Operators Certificate, and will start flying CWS commercially again from late September." David Gray, Managing Director of Classic Wings advised that their AOC was issued at the first attempt on 09SEP08. The Classic Wings website advises that their last day of operations will be 10JAN09 and that VH-CWS will be available for sale after this date. Classic Wings operated their last flight on 10JAN09. On 12JAN09 the Registration Holder/Operator changed to Westpac Banking Corporation, Concord West, NSW. VH-CWS departed Jandakot on 01JUN09 for Maitland, NSW where it will be auctioned on 23JUL09. The routing of the delivery flight was:
01JUN09 Jandakot-Kalgoorlie-Forrest
02JUN09 Forrest-Ceduna-Port Augusta
03JUN09 Port Augusta-Broken Hill-Parkes
11JUN09 Parkes-Maitland
As of 17MAY10 the Registration Holder and Registered Operator is Slattery Auctions Australia Pty Ltd of Hexham, NSW.
As of 24JUN10 the aircraft was registered to Peter Christoudias / JNP Enterprises Pty Ltd trading as Broome Air Services in Broome, WA.
As of October 2012 the aircraft is advertised for sale.
Advice was received on 22JAN16 that the aircraft has been dismantled for shipping to a military museum in Masan, South Korea.
The fuselage of the aircraft was photographed on a dock in South Korea on or about 12APR16.
http://www.breakbulk.com/dc3-cargo-delivered-to-south-korea/

The details of this aircraft have been retained in a new section headed EXPORTED. This aircraft is no longer included in the census.

33
DC-3TP ZS-OJJ (16213/32961) arrived at Camden, NSW from South Africa on 05OCT06 and at the time of writing (FEB07) is based at Goulburn, NSW. The aircraft is a turbo-prop conversion. Its ownership and intended purpose are unknown. The aircraft was still parked at Goulburn in December 2008. On 30MAR09 the aircraft flew from Goulburn to Brisbane where it overnighted and returned to Goulburn on 01APR09. The aircraft again flew from Goulburn to Brisbane on 04APR09 but departed for Honiara, Solomon Islands on 05APR09, reportedly on return to its owners, Dodson Aviation in the US. ZS-OJJ was noted at the Dodson Aviation hangar at Ottawa, Kansas in May 2009. Previous identities for this aircraft are:
44-76629
KN483
6881
ZS-DIV
VP-YSN
A2-ZEN
ZS-DIV
A2-ZEN
N8194Q
6855
34
In October 2006, the underwater wreckage of RAAF C-47B-35-DK A65-115 was discovered in Darwin Harbour approximately 5 km off East Point. The aircraft ditched with the starboard engine on fire on 05SEP46. All 5 crew were rescued although only one escaped injury. The wreckage has been placed on the Northern Territory Heritage Register and is thus protected by legislation.
35
VH-TMQ which was previously owned by Bob Fisher trading as Air Nostalgia has been sold at auction to Australasian Jet Pty Ltd of Essendon who became the registered operator as of 28MAY09. The registration holder is shown as Gooney Bird Pty Ltd of the same address.
36
VH-ABR flew again on 14AUG17 after a lengthy restoration sponsored by Paul Little.

 

INDEX

Note: This index lists only the most recent identity or that currently appearing on the aeroplane. Registrations in inverted commas are fictitious markings used for display purposes. It should be noted that many of the aircraft no longer appear on the Australian Civil Register and that their registrations may have been reallocated to other aircraft. The Constructor's Numbers in the following table are linked to the relevant entry in the census table above.

REGN
C/N
REGN
C/N
REGN
C/N
A65-24
11974
VH-AGU
32668
"VH-EWE"
13084
A65-50
13082
VH-ANH
4120
VH-JGL
26640
A65-71
27131
VH-ANN
3272
VH-JXD
33297
A65-73
32671
VH-ANR
1944
VH-MIN
13459
A65-75
32667
VH-ANW
13624
VH-MMA
9593
A65-78
32677
VH-BAA
13084
VH-MMD
33301
A65-104
33295
VH-BAB
25495
VH-MMF
12540
A65-111
33304
"VH-BPA"
12187
VH-NVD
32879
A65-114
33460
VH-BPL
12873
VH-NVZ
32883
A65-115
33464
VH-BPN
32945
VH-OVM
33102
A65-124
34220
VHCFM
9282
VH-PWN #1
9286
DT-941
12880
VHCGS
6009
VH-PWN #2
26001
KN374
32745
VH-CWS
9286
VH-SBL
12056
N2-23
11973
VHCXD
1941
VH-SBO
6108
N2-43
12542
"VHDAK"
13210
VH-SPY
33113
N2271C
25309
VH-DAS
6051
VH-TAK
13338
PK-AFV
1965
VH-DNA
27130
VH-TMQ
32884
PK-GDC
20041
"VH-DNF"
33109
VH-UPQ
33300
PK-RDB
32895
VH-EAE
33096
VH-XUX
12540
P2-001
33109
VH-EAF
33106
ZS-OJJ
Note 33
P2-003
26638
VH-EAP
12873
41-20066
4836
VH-ABR
2029
VH-EDC
12874
42-23420
9282
VH-AEQ
6024
VH-EDD
25367
42-108879
12638
VH-AES
6021
VH-EWE
6007
   

 

 

© 2009 Allan Bovelt