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  C-47B-30-DK Dakota Serial Number 44-76545 (A65-84 / P2-002) 
PNGDF
Former Assignments
RAAF
2 ATU
34 Squadron

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Don Fetterly 2002

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Justin Taylan 2005

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Yoji Sakaida 2005


Daniel Leahy 2014

Aircraft History
Built by Douglas. USAAF serial number 44-76545. Constructors Number 32877.

Wartime History
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.

Post War
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.

In Storage
During the late 1980s when all the DC-3s were phased out, this aircraft was retained for display and stored at Jackson Airport.

Aircraft Displayed
During January 2002 it was transported to the Airways Hotel, across from Jackson Airport and installed on pylons. The interior was converted into the "Balus 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'.

References
ADF Serials - Douglas Dakota A65-84

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Last Updated
January 31, 2018

 

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