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  C-47B-30-DK Dakota Serial Number A65-95  
RAAF

Former Assignments
3 AD
SAN
ARDU

Aircraft History
Built by Douglas as C-47B-30-DK Dakota under U. S. Army contract AC535-AC-40652-2032 during 1945. Constructors Number 33096. Delivered to the U. S. Army on April 20, 1945 as USAAF serial number 44-76764. Flown overseas to Australia.

Wartime History
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-RFL.

Post War
During August 1951 with SAN at East Sale Airfield. During 1970 with Aircraft Research Development Unit (ARDU) at Laverton Field and registered as VM-HJV. In 1982 with ARDU Edinburgh.

Today
On June 1, 2000 auction and purchased by Historical Aircraft Restoration Society (HARS). On July 21, 2000 registered on the Australian Civil Aircraft Register as VH-EAE. This Dakota retains the RAAF markings and "Historical Aircraft Restoration Society Inc." above the fuselage windows and a black strip below the windows. The tail was painted green with the ARDU logo, then overpainted with HARS logo.

References
ADF Serials - Dakota A65-95
HARS - Dakota A65-94
HARS - Dakota A65-94 Photo Gallery

Australian Civil Aircraft Register - C-47 Dakota VH-EAE lists as serial number 16348
HARS - Douglas DC3 (aka C-47, Dakota, Skytrain, Gooney Bird)

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Last Updated
January 31, 2018

 

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