VH-BHE. Douglas C-47A-85-DL. c/n 19934.

It was also registered as: VH-BUR.

 

Construction of this aircraft was completed at the Douglas Long Beach plant - March 28, 1944

It was built as a Douglas C-47A-85-DL

It was allocated the U. S. serial number '43-15468'

Delivered to United States Army Air Force - ?

It was assigned to the Pacific theatre of operations

Arrived Brisbane (Amberley) on delivery to the United States Army Air Force - April 26, 1944

It was struck-off charge at Manila, Philippines - November 29, 1946

Sold to the Zinc Corporation, Australia

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-BHE - February 28, 1947

Registered to Zinc Corporation Ltd, Melbourne

It was operated by Silver City Airways Ltd

Leased to Qantas Empire Airways Ltd - ?

This aircraft was later equipped with a magnetometer and used for aerial survey flights to locate mineral resources

Sold to the Bureau of Mineral Resources Geology & Geophysics Division - December 1950

Reregistered as VH-BUR - December 27, 1950

Registered to Bureau of Mineral Rescources

The aircraft was crewed and maintained by Trans-Australia Airlines - December 1950 to May 1960

Registered to Airlines of N. S. W. - May 03, 1960

Operated for the N. S. W. Department of Lands Aerial Survey Unit - September 1960 to November 1965

Withdrawn from use and stored at Sydney (Kingsford Smith)

Sold to Baldon Pty Ltd, Sydney - January 15, 1966

Cancelled from Australian Aircraft Register - January 15, 1966

Ferried Sydney - Tamworth on 'permit-to-fly' for overhaul by East-West Airlines - July 04, 1969

Sold to Jetair Australia - July 19, 1969

Returned to Australian Aircraft Register as VH-BUR - November 04, 1969

The aircraft was named 'Joseph Stewart'

Withdrawn from use and stored at Sydney (Kingsford Smith) when Jetair ceased operations - March 1971

Sold to the Department of Foreign Affairs when Jetair ceased operations - March 12, 1971

Donated as 'Foreign Aid' to the Royal Nepal Airline Corp Ltd - August 14, 1971

Entered onto the Nepalese Aircraft Register as 9N-AAY - ?

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - August 30, 1971

Withdrawn from service - October 1971

The aircraft was scrapped shortly thereafter

 

VH-BUR. N.S.W. Department of Lands Aerial Survey Unit - in the Airlines of N.S.W. livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, October 1961.

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VH-BUR. N.S.W. Department of Lands Aerial Survey Unit - in the Airlines of N.S.W. livery at an unknown airport, date unknown.

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VH-BUR. N.S.W. Department of Lands Aerial Survey Unit - in the Airlines of N.S.W. livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, December 19, 1965.

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VH-BUR. N.S.W. Department of Lands Aerial Survey Unit - in the Airlines of N.S.W. livery at Wagga Wagga Airport, June 1966.

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VH-BUR. N.S.W. Department of Lands Aerial Survey Unit - in the Airlines of N.S.W. livery at Wagga Wagga Airport, June 1966.

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VH-BUR. N.S.W. Department of Lands Aerial Survey Unit - in the Airlines of N.S.W. livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, August 27, 1966.

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VH-BUR. N.S.W. Department of Lands Aerial Survey Unit - in the Airlines of N.S.W. livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, September 24, 1966.

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VH-BUR. Aerial Survey Unit - in the basic Airlines of N.S.W. livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, August 23, 1968.

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VH-BUR. Aerial Survey Unit - in the basic Airlines of N.S.W. livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, August 23, 1968.

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VH-BUR. Aerial Survey Unit - in the basic Airlines of N.S.W. livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, August 23, 1968.

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VH-BUR. Aerial Survey Unit - in the basic Airlines of N.S.W. livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, June 29, 1969.

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VH-BUR. Jetair - 'Joseph Stewart' in the original livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, January 26, 1970.

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VH-BUR. Jetairlines of Australia - in the revised livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, April 1970.

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VH-BUR. Jetairlines of Australia - in the revised livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, April 1970.

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VH-BUR. Jetairlines of Australia - in the revised livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, April 1970.

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VH-BUR. Jetairlines of Australia - in the revised livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, April 10, 1970.

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VH-BUR. Jetairlines of Australia - in the revised livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, April 10, 1970.

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VH-BUR. Jetairlines of Australia - in the revised livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, April 10, 1970.

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VH-BUR. Jetairlines of Australia - in the revised livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, April 10, 1970.

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