Built by Douglas as C-47B-30-DK Dakota under U. S. Army contract AC535-AC-40652-2032 during 1945. Constructors Number 33106. Delivered to the U. S. Army on April 20, 1945 as USAAF serial number 44-76774. Flown overseas to Australia.
On May 2, 1945 delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Dakota serial number A65-94 to 3 Air Depot (3 AD). On May 9, 1945 assigned radio call sign VH-RFK. On May 9, 1945 assigned to 38 Squadron.
During March 1950 assigned to 36 Squadron, then during October 1950 assigned to 38 Squadron.
Next, assigned to Base Flight at Richmond Airfield registered and assigned call sign VM-JMN.
On May 9, 1963 this Dakota was part of "C Flight" 2nd Squadron based at RAAF Butterworth and flew the first Australian mission of the Vietnam War delivering cargo to refugees.
During October 1973 assigned to Laverton Field. In 1980 to East Sale Airfield and placed into storage. When decommissioned from the RAAF, this Dakota had approximately 14,600 flight hours.
During 1981, this aircraft was to be used as a target for cluster bomb trials but was saved. During 1982-1990 assigned to Aircraft Research Development Unit (ARDU) and Edinburgh as VIP Green's Machine. On August 7, 1986 sold for $6,000 as scrap.
On June 1, 2000 auction and purchased by Historical Aircraft Restoration Society (HARS). On June 14, 2000 registered on the Australian Civil Aircraft Register as VH-EAF. This Dakota retains the RAAF markings including "58" in red on the left side of the nose and "Historical Aircraft Restoration Society Inc." above the fuselage windows and a black strip below the windows. The tail has a black triangle with the HARS logo.
ADF Serials - Dakota A65-94
Australian Civil Aircraft Register - C-47 Dakota VH-EAF
- Douglas DC3 (aka C-47, Dakota, Skytrain, Gooney Bird)
HARS - Dakota 95 progress August 2, 2013
Thanks to Daniel Leahy for his assistance with this profile
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January 9, 2018