VH-BDU. Douglas C-47A-1-DK. c/n 12041.


Construction completed at the Oaklahoma City plant - December 1943

Built as a Douglas C-47A-1-DK

Allocated U.S. serial number 42-92260

Delivered to the U.S.A.A.F. - December 30, 1943

Allocated to the Royal Air Force under the lend / lease agreement as a 'Dakota III' with serial number FL620

Delivered to the R.A.F. at Nassau - January 11, 1944

Transferred to India and operated by 9 F.U. - February 12, 1944

Transferred to the Indian Government as FL620 - January 30, 1947

Regarded as being surplus to requirements and offered for sale

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-BDU - October 7, 1947

Registered to Butler Air Transport Pty Ltd

Officially sold to Butler Air Transport - November 14, 1947

Aircraft was configured to seat 24 passengers and had built-in airstep

Aircraft was named 'RMA Warroo'

Leased to Queensland Airlines on various occasions

Operated inaugural Airlines of N.S.W. Sydney-Moruya-Merimbula-Melbourne service - December 16, 1960

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

Transferred to New Guinea to operate Ansett-MAL services - April 1961

Registered to Ansett-M.A.L. - April 13, 1961

Aircraft reconfigured to seat 28 passengers

Commenced Ansett-M.A.L.s 'Golden Orchid' services - April 19, 1961

Utilised to connect with the Ansett-ANA 'Golden Orchid' services at Lae and Port Moresby

Withdrawn from service and sold to Far Eastern Air Transport - October 20, 1967

Departed Lae on delivery flight to Taipei - October 20, 1967

Ferry route: Lae-Wewak-Vanimo-Koror-Manila-Taipei

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - October 30, 1967

Entered onto the Taiwanese Aircraft Register as B-253 - November 1967

Withdrawn from service by FEAT - 1979

Donated to the Republic of China Air Force as a source of spares - December 1981

Scrapped at Taipei, Taiwan - December 1981


VH-BDU. Butler Air Transport - in the full livery at Sydney Airport, date unknown.

VH-BDU. Ansett-MAL - in the 'Golden Orchid' livery at Essendon Airport, April 1961.

VH-BDU. Ansett-MAL - in the 'Golden Orchid' livery at Port Morseby Airport, date unknown.

VH-BDU. Ansett-MAL - in the final livery at Lae Airport, January 1966.

VH-BDU. Ansett-MAL - in the final livery at Lae Airport, July 1966.

VH-BDU. Ansett-MAL - in the final livery, location and date unknown.