Built by Douglas. USAAF serial number 44-76545. Constructors Number 32877.
Delivered to the RAAF in April 1945 with serial number A65-84 to 2 ATU with call sign H-RFA and later VM-HJM. Assigned to 34 Squadron and 2 ATU.
Stationed at Butterworth Airfield. Later stationed at RAAF Richmond
until 1973. Afterwards, converted into a DC-3. This aircraft became the second of seven
ex-RAAF C-47s donated by Australia to Papua New Guinea's PNGDF (Papua
New Guinea Defense Force) on August 11, 1975. Assigned tail code P2-002.
During the late 1980s when
all the DC-3s were phased out, this aircraft was retained for display
and stored at Jackson
During January 2002 it was transported
to the Airways Hotel, across from Jackson Airport and installed on pylons. The interior was converted into
Bar" (Airplane Bar) / Dakota Lounge and displayed supported by struts
next to the hotel in a flying position, opened in 2004. It was painted in Air Niugini
markings for some time before being repainted all white with Airways Hotel 'roundels'.
ADF Serials - Douglas Dakota A65-84
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October 23, 2019