VH-DMV. Douglas C-47A-30-DK. c/n 14050 - 25495.

was also registered as: VH-CAO and VH-BAB.


Construction completed at Oklahoma City plant - 1944

Built as a Douglas C-47A-30-DK

Allocated U.S. serial number 43-48234

Delivered to United States Army Air Force

Assigned to the Pacific theatre of operations during the war with U. S. Transport Command

Aircraft was struck-off charge at Manila, Philippines

Sold to the Commonwealth of Australia

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-DMV - March 26, 1947

Registered to Department of Civil Aviation

Reregistered as VH-CAO - February 9, 1951

Aircraft was operated and serviced for D.C.A. by Trans Australia Airlines until March 10, 1962

Sold to Brain & Brown Air Freighters - March 10, 1962

Aircraft was reregistered as VH-BAB - March 10, 1962

Registered to Brain & Brown Air Freighters Pty Ltd, Melbourne

Converted to freighter configuration and operated as such

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - October 3, 1974

Aircraft underwent a major overhaul and inspection

Returned to the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-BAB - February 11, 1975

Registered to Air Express Holdings Pty Ltd - November 1976

Withdrawn from use - 1979

Sold to Chewing Gum Field Aircraft Museum, Tallebudgera, Queensland

Delivered to the Museum - July 21, 1979

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - July 23, 1979

Whilst on display at the Museum it was painted up in United States Army Air Force livery

Carried the markings '348234' - coded 'X6A' and named 'Jungle Skippers'

When museum closed aircraft was relocated to Drages Airworld, Wangaratta, Victoria

Placed on display but now coded 'X16A' and renamed 'Oklahoma Gal'

Airworld Museum ceased operations - January 23, 2002

Aircraft sold by Wangaratta Council at auction


VH-CAO. Department of Civil Aviation - in the full livery at Essendon Airport, date unknown.

VH-BAB. Brain & Brown Airfreighters - in the original livery at Essendon Airport, December 1970.

VH-BAB. BBA Cargo - in original livery with new titles at Essendon Airport, May 1972.

VH-BAB. BBA Cargo - in original livery with new titles at Essendon Airport, July 1972.

VH-BAB. BBA Cargo - in the final livery at Melbourne's Essendon Airport, January 1974.

VH-BAB. BBA Cargo - in the final livery at Melbourne's Essendon Airport, January 1974.

VH-BAB. BBA Cargo - in the final livery at Melbourne's Essendon Airport, January 1974.

VH-BAB. BBA Cargo - in the final livery at Melbourne's Essendon Airport, January 1974.

VH-BAB. BBA Cargo - in the final livery at Melbourne's Essendon Airport, March 1976.

VH-BAB. BBA Cargo - in the final livery flying over Melbourne, December 1976.

VH-BAB. BBA Cargo - in the final livery flying over Melbourne, December 1976.

VH-BAB. BBA Cargo - in the final livery at Melbourne's Essendon Airport, January 1978.

VH-BAB. BBA Cargo - in the final livery at Melbourne's Essendon Airport, January 1978.

VH-BAB. BBA Cargo - in the final livery at Melbourne's Essendon Airport, January 1978.

VH-BAB. BBA Cargo - in the final livery at Melbourne's Essendon Airport, January 1978.

VH-BAB. BBA Cargo - in the final livery at Melbourne's Essendon Airport, January 1978.

VH-BAB. BBA Cargo - in the final livery at Melbourne's Essendon Airport, May 1979.

VH-BAB. BBA Cargo - in the basic livery without titles at Coolangatta Airport, February 1980.

 

VH-BAB. 'Jungle Skippers' - in W.W.II camouflage livery at Tallebudgera, November 1985.