VH-AGU. Douglas C-47B-35-DK. c/n 32668.


 

Construction completed at the Douglas Oaklahoma City plant - February 1945

Built as a Douglas C-47B-35-DK

Allocated the U. S. serial number 44-76336

Delivered to the United States Army Air Force - February 12, 1945

Transferred to the Royal Australian Air Force under the lend / lease agreement - February 27, 1945

Allocated the R. A .A. F. serial number 'A65-72'

Operated using the radio call-sign 'VHCIO'

Issued to No 37 Squadron coded 'OM-O' - March 03, 1945

Issued to 86th Transport Wing - February 26, 1947

Issued to A .R .D. U. at Point Cook - February 12, 1948

Issued to No. 1 Squadron and based in Malaya - October 24, 1953

Used in psychological warfare by having loudspeakers attached and broadcasting messages to enemy troops

Returned to Australia - June 23, 1954

Withdrawn from use and struck-off charge - August 13, 1958

Sold to Adastra Airways - February 12, 1959

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-AGU - December 24, 1959

Registered to Adastra Airways Pty Ltd

Registered to Westralian Aerial Surveys - December 23, 1961

Registered to Sepal Pty Ltd - October 26, 1964

Registered to Adastra Aerial Surverys Pty Ltd - October 24, 1969

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - February 09, 1972

Returned to the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-AGU - May 08, 1972

Sold and registered to East West Airlines Pty Ltd - November 12, 1974

Converted for Interscan Instrument Landing System for performance testing

The aircraft was fitted with radar and used as a navigation aid test platform

Transferred to South Coast Aviation

Withdrawn from use and placed in open storage at Melbourne (Essendon) Airport - August 1979

Sold and registered to the Great Pacific Aeroplane Company - August 10, 1979

Sold to Aerodyne Pty Ltd - August 13, 1979

Registered to Garmet Enterprises Pty Ltd t/a Air Charter Centre - March 05, 1981

Registered to Yarakan Enterprises Ltd - January 04, 1983

Registered to Golden west Airways Pty Ltd - June 04, 1983

Registered to Peachbrand Pty Ltd t/a Dakota Airways - June 17, 1988

Aircraft was badly damaged when a Piper Cherokee ran into it at Brisbane (Archerfield) Airport - July 28, 1988

Repaired and returned to service

Sold to Jeffrey Trappett, Victoria - April 03, 1993

Ferried Kingaroy - Wagga Wagga - Latrobe Valley Regional Airport, Traralgon - February 10, 1997

Aircraft had flown 13,500 hours to date

Observed parked at RAAF Point Cook - February 2000

Observed parked / stored at Morwell, Victoria - September 2001

Registered to Jeffrey Trappett, Morwell, Victoria - August 18, 2005

Current

 


 

VH-AGU. Westralian Aerial Surveys - in the all-metal livery at Sydney Airport, date unknown.

VH-AGU. Adastra Aerial Surveys - in the standard livery at Melbourne Airport, date unknown.

VH-AGU. Adastra Aerial Surveys - in the standard livery at Melbourne Airport, date unknown.

VH-AGU. Adastra Aerial Surveys - in the standard livery at Sydney Airport, January 1968.

VH-AGU. Adastra Aerial Surveys - in the standard livery at Sydney Airport, August 1973.

VH-AGU. East West - in the standard livery at Melbourne Airport, December 1974.

VH-AGU. East West - in the standard livery at Melbourne Airport, December 1974.

VH-AGU. East West - in the standard livery at Melbourne Airport, February 1975.

VH-AGU. East West - in the standard livery at Melbourne Airport, August 1975.

 

VH-AGU. East West - in the standard livery at Melbourne Airport, January 1976.

VH-AGU. G.P.A.C. - in the basic East West livery at Melbourne Airport, November 1979.

VH-AGU. G.P.A.C. - in the basic East West livery at Melbourne Airport, January 1981.

VH-AGU. G.P.A.C. - in the basic East West livery at Melbourne Airport, January 1981.

VH-AGU. Air Charter Centre - in the standard livery at Sydney Airport, August 1981.

VH-AGU. Air Charter Centre - in the standard livery at Sydney Airport, January 1982.

VH-AGU. Air Charter Centre - in the standard livery at Sydney Airport, April 1982.

VH-AGU. Golden West Airways - in a modified Air Charter livery at Brisbane Airport, October 1984.

 

VH-AGU. Golden West Airways - in a modified Air Charter livery at Brisbane Airport, September 1986.

VH-AGU. Dakota Airways - in modified Air Charter livery at Brisbane Archerfield Airport, June 1988.

VH-AGU. Dakota Airways - in modified Air Charter livery at Brisbane Archerfield Airport, July 1988.

VH-AGU. Dakota Airways - in modified Air Charter livery at Brisbane Archerfield Airport, July 1988.

VH-AGU. Dakota Airways - in modified Air Charter livery at Brisbane Archerfield Airport, August 1988.

VH-AGU. Dakota Airways - in modified Air Charter livery at Brisbane Archerfield Airport, August 1988

VH-AGU. Spirit of Free Enterprises - in basic Dakota Airways livery at Brisbane Airport, April 1998.

 

VH-AGU. Spirit of Free Enterprises - in basic Dakota Airways livery at Brisbane Airport, May 1998.
VH-AGU. Jeff Trappett - in a basic WWII livery at Avalon Airport, February 2013.
VH-AGU. Jeff Trappett - in a basic WWII livery at Avalon Airport, February 2013.
VH-AGU. Jeff Trappett - in a basic WWII livery at Avalon Airport, February 2013.
VH-AGU. Jeff Trappett - in a basic WWII livery at Avalon Airport, March 2013.
VH-AGU. Jeff Trappett - in a basic WWII livery at Avalon Airport, March 2013.
VH-AGU. Jeff Trappett - in a basic WWII livery at Avalon Airport, March 2013.
VH-AGU. Jeff Trappett - in a basic WWII livery at Avalon Airport, March 2013.
VH-AGU. Jeff Trappett - in a basic WWII livery at Avalon Airport, March 2013.
VH-AGU. Jeff Trappett - in a basic WWII livery at Avalon Airport, February 2015.
VH-AGU. Jeff Trappett - in a basic WWII livery at Avalon Airport, February 2015.
VH-AGU. Jeff Trappett - in a basic WWII livery at Avalon Airport, February 2015.