VH-BHC. Douglas C-47A-90-DL. c/n 20401.

 

Construction was completed at the Douglas Long Beach, California plant - May 1944

Powered by 1200 hp Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92 Engines

Delivered to the United States Army Air Force as '43-15935' - May 29, 1944

Based at Oahu, Hawaii then Manila, Philippines

Sold to Silver City Airways Australia Pty Ltd, Broken Hill - November 29, 1946

Aircraft converted to an Executive Configuration

Entered on the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-BHC - February 28, 1947

Registered to Silver City Airways Australia, Pty Ltd

Sold to The Zinc Corporation Ltd, U.K. - December 17, 1948

Entered on the British Aircraft Register as G-ALFO (CofR 12499/1) - December 30, 1948

Registered to The Zinc Corporation Ltd, London

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - January 07, 1949

Sold to Indamer Corporation, New York - ?

Cancelled from the British Aircraft Register - December 22, 1950

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N94529 - December 22, 1950

Registered to Standard Industries Corporation

Reregistered as N300A - October 1951

Operated by the Esso Shipping Company Incorporated, New York - October 1951 to November 1953

Sold to Butterworth Systems Incorporated - ?

Reregistered as N700E - October 24, 1961

Registered to Standard Industries Incorporated, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Registered to St. Louis-San Francisco Railway Company, St. Louis, Montana - 1964

Registered to Diamondhead Properties Incorporated, St. Louis - March 1970

Reregistered as N20DH - June 1970

Registered to Metropolitan Mooney, Teterboro, New Jersey - April 03, 1972

Registered to J. C. Bowman, Greenville, South Carolina - May 1972

Reregistered N3BA to Inor Corporation - July 1972

Registered to Bo-S-Aire Corporation - January 1975

Registered to R. C. Schnabel, Greenville, South Carolina, 1976

Registered to Bo-S-Aire Corporation - 1978

Reregistered as N890P to R.C. Schnabel, Greenville, South Carolina - April 21, 1979

Registered to Skyway Aviation Incorporated, Fort Leonard Wood, Montana - May 18, 1979

Registered to Skyway Aviation of Brownsville, Texas - June 19, 1980

Registered to Air Americana - October 1980

Sold to Compadre Markets Incorporated, Corpus Christi, Texas - January 28, 1981

Sold to Southwind Aviation Incorporated, Los Fresnos, Texas - June 18, 1986

Sold to Avlease Incorporated, Wilmington, Delaware - February 23, 1990

Sold to Robert Burwell, W Chicago, Illinois - July 02, 1990

Reregistered as N12RB - August 1990,

Sold to Dakota Aircraft Incorporated, Orlando, Florida - August 21, 1992

Registered to Viking Express, W Chicago - December 31, 1992

Registered to Branson’s Vintage Air Tours - July 1993

The aircraft was named 'Eve Amelia'

Withdrawn from use and stored at Orlando, Florida - September 1997

Registered to Vintage Wings and Things LLC, Carenco, Louisiana - November 12, 1997

Reregistered as N33VW - June 25, 1998

Operated by Vintage Airways, Lafayette, Louisiana - June 25, 1998

The aircraft had flown a total of 17, 399 hours to date

Sold to Cavanaugh Collection Incorporated, Addison, Texas - June 12, 2001

Registered to Cavanaugh Air Museum Incorporated - February 19, 2003

Painted in United States Army Air Force livery with number 'C8' behind cockpit windows and serialled '31595'

Currently operated by Cavanaugh Flight Museum, Addison, Texas in flying condition - 2009

 

N12RB. Vintage Airways - 'Amelia' in the standard livery at an unknown airport, February 1994.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0251-421.)

N12RB. Vintage Airways - 'Amelia' in the standard livery at an unknown airport, December 1996.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0251-422.)

N33VW. Vintage Wings - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, April 1999.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0251-191.)