VH-AAU. Douglas C-47A-85-DL. c/n 19904.

 

Construction of this aircraft was completed at the Douglas Long Beach, California plant - 1944

It was built as a Douglas C-47A-85-DL

Delivered to the United States Army Air Force - March 23, 1944

Allocated the U. S. serial number '43-15438'

It arrived Brisbane for use by 5th Air Force - April 23, 1944

This aircraft was named 'Burnett'

It was operated by Qantas Empire Airways as a transport using the radio callsign 'VHCDM'

Excluded from USAAF inventory at the conclusion of hostilities

Sold to Philippine Air Lines - August 01, 1946

Entered onto the Philippine Aircraft Register as PI-C24 - ?

Sold to Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd - November 1946

Entered onto the Hong Kong Aircraft register as VR-HDI - ?

Sold to Queensland Airlines - November 1951

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-AAU - November 04, 1951

Registered as a DC-3C-S1C3G to Queensland Airlines Pty Ltd

Registered to Australian National Airways Pty Ltd, Melbourne - December 14, 1964

Chartered by Ansett-M. A. L. and delivered to Port Morseby - May 13, 1966

Entered Ansett-MAL service - May 16, 1966

Operated final Ansett-MALrevenue service - December 16, 1966

Sold to Far Eastern Air Transport, Taiwan - February 1967

Entered onto the Taiwanese Aircraft Register as B-247 - ?

Departed Lae on the ferry flight to Taiwan (Captain R. Glassey) - February 11, 1967

Arrived Taipei on completion of the ferry flight - February 14, 1967

Ferry route: Lae - Wewak - Vanimo - Koror - Mactan - Manila - Taipei

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - February 15, 1967

The aircraft was damaged beyond repair when it crashed at Tainan Airfield, Taiwan - April 16, 1977

Scrapped - July 1977

 

VH-AAU. Queensland Airlines Pty Ltd - in the standard livery at Brisbane Eagle Farm Airport, date unknown.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0250-733.)

VH-AAU. Q.A.L. - in the hybrid livery with the Butler Airlines 'Skyliner' tail at Brisbane Eagle Farm Airport, December 1959.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0250-691.)

VH-AAU. Q.A.L. Queensland Airlines - in the final livery at Brisbane Eagle Farm Airport, date unknown.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0251-716.)

VH-AAU. Q.A.L. Queensland Airlines - in the final livery at Brisbane Eagle Farm Airport, date unknown.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0251-717.)

B-247. F.E.A.T. - in the standard livery at Taipei Airport, November 1976.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0251-383.)

B-247. F.E.A.T. - in the standard livery at Taipei Airport, November 1976.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0251-384.)