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  C-47A-30-DK Dakota Serial Number 43-48234  
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Daniel Leahy 2001

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Justin Taylan 2006

Aircraft History
Built by Douglas during 1944 at Oklahoma City, OK. Constructors Number 14050 / 25495. Delivered to the U. S. Army with serial number 43-48234.

Wartime History
Assigned to the U. S. Transport Command and operated in the Pacific. Stricken from charge at Manila.

Postwar
Sold to Australia. On March 26, 1947 registered as VH-DMV to the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA). Next, on February 9, 1951 registered as VH-CAO. Operated for the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) by Trans Australia Airlines (TAA) until the early 1960s.

On March 10, 1962 sold to Brain & Brown Air Freighters Pty Ltd in Melbourne and registered as VH-BAB. Converted to a aerial freighter. Registration canceled on October 3, 1974 and underwent a major overhaul. On February 11, 1975 registered as VH-BAB. On November 1976 owned by Air Express Holdings Pty Ltd and used until 1979.

Afterwards, sold to Chewing Gum Field Aircraft Museum arriving on July 21, 1979. Registration canceled on July 23, 1979. During the 1980s, owned by Peter Long as part of the "Long Collection' and was largely restored him over a 15 months period. Repainted in the marking of C-47A "Jungle Skippers" 43-48234 code X6A. Displayed at the museum until it closed.

Afterwards, transported to Air World at Wangaratta Airfield. Restored to flying condition. Repainted in the markings of C-47 "Oklahoma Gal" code X16A. Displayed until the museum closed in January 2002 and was by then no longer in flyable condition.

Afterwards, sold for auction and purchased by Doug Hamilton and John Rayner. On July 28, 2003 sold to Sean O'Sullivan of Wairua, New Zealand but was never delivered. Instead, O'Sullivan sold to Mike Spaulding / Northern Queensland Warbirds (Warbird Adventures).

Transported by road from Wangaratta Airfield to Mareeba Airfield arriving on January 30, 2005. Displayed outdoors at Northern Queensland Warbirds (Warbird Adventures). Displayed outdoors at Mareeba Airfield.

References
Aussie Air Liners - VH-DMV Douglas DC-3
The DC-3 in Australia - VH-BAB / VH-DMV / VH-CAO

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Last Updated
January 9, 2018

 

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