VH-ANK. Douglas C-47A-60-DL. c/n 13906.
Construction completed at Long Beach, California - October 1943
Built as a Douglas C-47A-60-DL
Delivered to the U.S.A.A.F. - October 8, 1943
Allocated U.S. serial number 43-30755
Allocated to the 5th Air Force and delivered to Archerfield, Brisbane - November 25, 1943
Used by 21st Troop Carrier Squadron with radio callsign 'VHCHT'
Aircraft carried nose number 'W537'
Delivered to RAAF 3 Aircraft Depot, Amberley, Queesnsland having flown 80 hours - August 23, 1944
Operated by 21st Troop Carrier Squadron - February 1945
Sustained damage to port wing and aileron whilst taxying at Nadzab - February 11, 1945
Transferred to 3 Aircraft Depot - May 31, 1945
Delivered to Pacific TSP as 'class 26' airframe - September 8, 1945
Offered for sale by U. S. Navy as being surplus to requirements at Eagle Farm, Brisbane - September 8, 1945
DCA records show it was sold by the Commonwealth Disposal Commission to A.N.A. - February 18, 1946
Sale price was recorded as 6,250 Pounds
Delivered to Australian National Airways Pty Ltd - February 2, 1946
Converted to civilian standards by Australian National Airways at Brisbane Archerfield Airport
Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register (CofR 979) as VH-ANK - May 22, 1946
Registered to Australian National Airways Pty Ltd
Aircraft was named 'Lutana' (the moon)
Operated mainly by Guinea Airways Ltd
Sold to Guinea Airways Ltd - September 12, 1946
Reregistered as VH-AVL - September 12, 1946
Reregistered as VH-ANK - December 9, 1946
Reregistered as VH-AVL - March 11, 1947
Operated final Guinea Airways Adelaide - Darwin service - October 31, 1947
Registered to Queensland Airlines Pty Ltd - May 5, 1954
Aircraft renamed 'Maranoa' after a local Queensland river
Converted to 'Viewmaster' standards - ?
Registered to Ansett Transport Industries Ltd - February 5, 1958
Continued to be operated by Queensland Airlines
Operated by Butler Air Transport for short periods but exact details unknown
Transferred to Airlines of N.S.W. - April 1, 1960
Sold to South Pacific Airlines of New Zealand - April 1, 1960
Converted to SPANZ configuration at Ansett-ANA's Essendon workshop with seating for 32 passengers
Ferried Melbourne (Essendon) - Whenuapai - December 1, 1960
Flight crew: Captains R. A. L. Anderson. W. K. Pattie
Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - December 2, 1960
Entered onto the New Zealand Aircraft Register as ZK-BYD - December 2, 1960
Registered to South Pacific Airlines of New Zealand Pty Ltd
Operated proving flight ex Auckland (Captains R. Anderson, R. Daniell) - December 10 - 11, 1960
Route: Auckland - Hamilton - Masterson - Wellington - Christchurch - Oamaru - Alexandra -
Hokitika - Nelson - Matamata - Auckland
Operated first revenue service - December 14, 1960
Route: Auckland - Hamilton - New Plymouth - Nelson - Christchurch - Oamaru - Alexandra - Christchurch
Operated second revenue service (Captains R. Anderson, W. Pattie; Hostess J. Sheppard - December 15, 1960
Route: Christchuch - Blenheim - Wellington - Masterson - Napier - Matamata - Auckland
Aircraft was named 'RMA Ernest Rutherford' - July 1961
Operated final revenue service Invercargill - Auckland - February 28, 1966
Flight cew: Captain R. Anderson; F/O G. Sefton
Withdrawn from service and stored at Auckland International Airport
Aircraft had flown 42,992 hours
Sold to Aviation Sales (N.Z.) Ltd - January 12, 1967
Transferred to Columbia Trading Corp, Air Sales (NZ) Ltd - March 7, 1967
Sold to U. S. A. L. Trading Company, Taiwan - ?
Ferried Auckland - Eagle Farm (Brisbane) - July 11, 1967
Cancelled from the New Zealand Aircraft Register - July 12, 1967
Entered onto the Loatian Aircraft Register as XW-PFA - July 14, 1967
Registered to Air American, Inc
Used in covert operations in Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand for the C.I.A.
Transferred to Xieng Khouang Air Transport - 1967
Transferred to Lao United Airlines - 1969
Transferred to Laos Air Charter, Vientiane - 1972
Transferred to Hang Meas Airlines - ?
Reported to have been destoyed in a storm at Vientiane - March 24, 1976
Another report indicates this aircraft crashed in 1968 and was replaced by DC-3 ZK-BYE
Correct fate of this airframe - ?
VH-AVL. Guinea Airways Ltd - in the white-top livery, location and date unknown.
VH-AVL. Queensland Air Lines Pty Ltd - in full livery at Brisbane Airport, date unknown.
ZK-BYD. Airlines of New Zealand - in the Ansett livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, date unknown.