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  C-47B-20-DK Dakota Serial Number 43-49849  (P2-ANQ)
Air Niugini
Former Assignments
TAA
Stavos Niachos
RAF

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Aircraft History
Built by Douglas. Constructions Number 15665. Manufacture Number 27110. Assigned U. S. Army serial number 43-49849, as a 26 seat VIP transport for the U. S. Army Air Force and sent to the United Kingdom as part of lend-lease. Flown overseas to England.

Wartime History
This C-47 was presented to the British General Bernard "Monty" Montgomery by U. S. Army General Dwight Eisenhower. Montgomery used the aircraft extensively during the European campaign during 1944-1945.

Postwar
Postwar, this aircraft was converted into a DC-3 and became a VIP carrier for Greek shipping company, Stavos Niachos until 1965.

Trans Australian Airlines (TAA, now merged with Qantas) bought the aircraft in 1965 and registered it as VH-SBW for service in Papua New Guinea. When VH-SBW was purchased by TAA it had only flown a little over 4,500 hours. - This was considered to have been the lowest number of hours logged on a DC-3 at that time.

Flown to Papua New Guinea this aircraft operated from Jackson Airport and was nicknamed "Jim Taylor" after the famous patrol officer who was one of the first white men to enter Eastern Highlands Province and Western Highlands Province during the 1930's.

In 1973, this aircraft became part of Air Niugini. Registered as P2-ANQ in 1976. This DC-3 made her last flight during July 1979. Last assigned to pilot Larry Blackman.

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After being retired, this DC-3 was installed on a metal pole outside the Air Nugini offices near the old terminal building at Jackson Airport.

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Last Updated
January 9, 2018

 

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