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Withdrawn from use and stored at Palmerston North - January 23, 1983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