VH-ANU. Douglas C-47A-25-DK. c/n 13521.


 

Construction completed at Oaklahoma City - June 1944

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

Delivered to the United States Army Air Force - June 06, 1944

Allocated the U. S. serial number 42-93592

Allocated to Pacific Transport Command, Manila - June 14, 1944

Declared as being surplus to requirements by the U. S. A. A. F. - September 13, 1945

Ssold to Australian National Airways for compnents at Manila - December 13, 1945

Aircraft had flown 2,111 hours at time of sale

Ferried Manila - Melbourne (Essendon) by an A.N.A. flight crew

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-ANU - December 17, 1945

Registered to Australian National Airways Pty Ltd

Aircraft was named 'Lemana' (Oak)

Commenced service with Australian National Airways as a freighter

Converted to passenger configuration - July 1953

Sold to New Zealand National Airways Corporation (NZNAC) - June 13, 1955

Aircraft had flown 22,866 hours at time of sale

Arrived Auckland at conclusion of delivery flight - June 14, 1955

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - June 14, 1955

Ferried Auckland - Christchurch for overhaul - ?

Entered onto New Zealand Aircraft Register as ZK-BKD - June 26, 1955

Registered to New Zealand National Airways Corporation

Aircraft was named 'Kotare' (kingfisher)

Leased to Mount Cook & Southern Lakes Tourist Co Ltd - October 16, 1961

Operated Mount Cook's first schedualed DC-3 service - November 6, 1961

Route: Christchurch - Mt Cook - Cromwell (for Queenstown) - Te Anau

Operated Mount Cook's first DC-3 service to Queenstown Airport - Februay 04, 1964

Returned to NZNAC - July 03, 1970

Sold to Fieldair - July 13, 1970

Commenced services with Fieldair in an aerial agricultural role - August 28, 1971

Withdrawn from use and stored at Palmerston North - January 23, 1983

Aircraft had flown 51,277 hours

Aircraft was intended to be displayed as a museum item but proposal did not proceed

An intended sale to Hamish Ross Agricultural Aviation Museum at Rotorua did not proceed

Transported to Gisborne for use at the 'Smash Palace Wine Bar'

Heavily modified and placed above the actual Wine Bar, but appears not to be used by patrons

Still in existence as of 2014

 


 

 

VH-ANU. Australian National Airways - in the all-metal livery at Melbourne Airport, date unknown.

 
 

ZK-BKD. Mount Cook & Southern Lakes - in the original livery at Wanaka, date unknown.

ZK-BKD. Mount Cook & Southern Lakes - in the original livery at Queenstown, date unknown.

 

ZK-BKD. Fieldair Ltd - in the standard livery at Taonui Airfield, March 1982.

ZK-BKD. Fieldair Ltd - in the standard livery at Taonui Airfield, February 1983.

ZK-BKD. Smash Palace Wine Bar - in a heavily modified condition at Gisborne, April 2007.