VH-AMK. Douglas C-47A-25-DK. c/n 13362.

Was also registered as: VH-RMK and VH-BZK.


Construction completed at the Oklahoma City plant - May 1944

Built as a Douglas C-47A-25-DK

Allocated U.S. serial number 42-93449

Delivered to United States Army Air Force - May 22, 1944

Allocated to Pacific Air Transport Command, Manila, Philippines - May 31, 1944

Withdrawn from use as surplus to requirements and struck-off-charge - 1946

Sold to Ansett Airways by the U. S. Foreign Liquidation Commission, Philippines - May 1, 1946

Ferried Manila - Melbourne for conversion to civilian standards with seating for 22 passengers

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-AMK - June 19, 1946

Registered to Ansett Airways Pty Ltd

Entered service with Ansett Airways - June 1946

Aircraft was named 'Anstratus'

Converted to seat 28 passengers in a 'tourist class' configuration - early 1948

Reregistered as VH-RMK - October 1, 1948

Reregistered as VH-BZK - June 29, 1949

This latest change of registration was due to a conflict with the existing 'radio call-signs'

Extensively damaged at Sydney Airport when it collided with a coal train - June 18, 1950

Aircraft was taxiing out to depart on scheduled flight to Coffs Harbour-Brisbane

Flight crew: Captain R. G. Gibson; F/O H. Knott; Hostess M. Reid

Damage was sustained by both engines, port wing, port tail assembly and lower fuselage in cockpit area

Repaired by Fairey Aviation at their Clyde facility for approximately 16,500 Pounds

Accident gave rise to the saying 'Don't miss your train connection - fly Ansett'

Aircraft traffic lights were installed at accident scene (runway) to prevent further collisions - December 10, 1951

During Royal Tour of 1954 aircraft was fitted with a neon sign 'E II R' under wing centre section

Registered to Ansett-ANA - October 21, 1957

Withdrawn from service at Melbourne Essendon Airport - October 1, 1958

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - October 15, 1958

Sold to Thai Airways Co. Ltd - October 15, 1958

Entered onto the Thailand Aircraft Register as HS-TDG - October 28, 1958

Withdarwn from use and stored at Don Muang Airportat Bangkok - February 1973

Cancelled from the Thai Aircraft Register - December 26, 1973

Had been scrapped on site - August 1981



VH-AMK. Ansett Airways - in all-metal livery at Melbourne's Essendon Airport, date unknown.

VH-BZK. Ansett Airways - in the 'Braniff' style livery at Melbourne's Essendon Airport, date unknown.
VH-BZK. Ansett Airways - in the final livery at Melbourne's Essendon Airport, November 1956.