VH-ANM. Douglas C-47A-65-DL. c/n 18923.


 

Construction completed at the Douglas Long Beach, California - October 01, 1943

Built as a Douglas C-47A-65-DL

Delivered to United States Army Air Force - October 15, 1943

Allocated U.S. serial number 41-100460

Arrived Brisbane on delivery to 5th Air Force - December 07, 1943

Allocated to 40th Troop Carrier Squadron (317th TCG) with radio callsign 'VHCKM' - December 19, 1943

Loaned to No 36 Squadron, R.A.A.F. at Townsville - April 28, 1944

Returned to 4 AD at Archerfield, Brisbane - October 27, 1944

Allocated to 69th Troop Carrier Squadron

Excluded from U.S.A.A.F. Inventory and stored at Tacloban, Philippines - December 31, 1945

Sold to Australian National Airways by U. S. Foreign Liquidation Commission, Manila

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-ANM - February 06, 1947

Registered to Australian National Airways Pty Ltd

Converted to civilian standards by Australian National Airways at Melbourne Essendon Airport

Conversion included the installation of Wright Cyclone R1820 engines

Aircraft was named 'Yannana' (South Darling Downs)

Utilised by Guinea Airways - 1947

Registered to Queensland Airlines Pty Ltd - February 04, 1956

Converted to 'Viewmaster' configuration by Butler Air Transport - 1957

Registered to Ansett-ANA Pty Ltd - December 07, 1958

Registered Airlines of N.S.W. - February 14, 1961

Sold to SPANZ - August 15, 1961

Arrived Melbourne (Essendon) Airport for conversion to SPANZ requirements

Conversion included reinstallation of P&W engines, air-stairs and 4 aft-facing dickie seats at front of cabin

Entered onto the New Zealand Aircraft Register as ZK-CAW - October 13, 1961

Registered to South Pacific Airlines of New Zealand Pty Ltd

Aircraft was named 'RMA George Bolt'

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - October 14, 1961

Departed Melbourne on ferry flight to New Zealand - October 22, 1961

Ferry route: Melbourne - Sydney - Nolfolk Island - Auckland (Whenuapai)

Operated first revenue service with SPANZ - October 1961

Air-stairs were replaced with standard cabin door - August 1965

Sold to NZNAC for 14,100 NZ Pouds after SPANZ ceased operations - February 28, 1966

Aircraft had flown 45,340 hours

Cancelled from the New Zealand Aircraft Register - May 12, 1966

Leased to Qantas Empire Airways and sub-leased to Fiji Airways - June 04, 1966

Entered onto the Fiji Aircraft Register as VQ-FAI - June 06, 1966

Sold to Qantas Empire Airways for $A 28,000

Lease to Fiji Airways terminated and aircraft returned to Qantas - August 05, 1969

Sold to New Zealand National Airways Corporation

Entered onto the New Zealand Aircraft Register as ZK-CAW - August 05, 1969

Leased to Mount Cook Airlines - August 05, 1969

Registered to South Seas Airways Ltd, Auckland - May 07, 1971

This airline did not commence services due to licensing complications

Transferred to Fieldair Ltd t/a Airland - May 13, 1971

Converted for aerial agricultural work at Palmerston North

Commenced operations with Fieldair - November 22, 1972

Aircraft was named 'Whio'

Withdrawn from service having flown 56,232 hours - October 29, 1984

Towed to Wanganui with view to returning it to airworthy status but abandoned due high costs

Sold to Richmond Harding of Wanganui Air Work - May 28, 1985

Towed by road to Taupo for refurbishment to 'Viewmaster' standards - 1989

Cancelled from the New Zealand Aircraft Register - July 10, 1990

Displayed at Taupo Car Sales / Aeroplane Car Company car yard - 1990

Transferred to MacDonalds, Taupo, New Zealand - November 06, 1990

Preserved

 


 

VH-ANM. Australian National Airways - in the 'white-top' livery at Melbourne Airport, date unknown.

VH-ANM. Australian National Airways - in the 'white-top' livery at Melbourne Airport, date unknown.

VH-ANM. Australian National Airways - in the 'white-top' livery at Melbourne Airport, date unknown.

VH-ANM. Australian National Airways - in the 'white-top' livery at Melbourne Airport, circa 1954.

VH-ANM. Queensland Airlines Pty Ltd - in the basic A.N.A. livery at Sydney Airport, date unknown.

VH-ANM. Queensland Airlines Pty Ltd - in the Butler livery at Brisbane Airport, date unknown.

VH-ANM. Butler Air Transport - 'Viewmaster' in the blue livery at Sydney Airport, date unknown.

VH-ANM. Butler Air Transport - 'Viewmaster' in the blue livery at Sydney Airport, date unknown.

ZK-CAW. Airlines of New Zealand - in the Ansett-ANA livery at Melbourne Airport, October 1961.

ZK-CAW. Airlines of New Zealand - in the Ansett-ANA livery at Melbourne Airport, October 1961.

ZK-CAW. Airlines of New Zealand - in the Ansett-ANA livery at Whenuapai Airport, March 1962.
ZK-CAW. South Pacific Airlines of New Zealand - in the revised livery at Christchurch Airport, February 1966.
VQ-FAI. Fiji Airways - in the basic NZNAC livery at Nadi Airport, October 1967.
ZK-CAW. South Seas Airways - in the standard livery at Palmerston North Airport, May 1971.