VH-EAE. Douglas C-47B-30-DK. c/n 16348-33096.


Construction completed at the Douglas Oklahoma City plant - April 1945

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

Allocated U.S. serial number 44-76764

Delivered to the U.S.A.A.F. - April 20, 1945

Transferred to Royal Australian Air Force under the lend / lease agreement

Delivered to R.A.A.F. at Brisbane - May 8, 1945

Allocated the R.A.A.F. serial number A65-95 with radio call-sign 'VHRFL'

Issued to No 38 Squadron, 90 Transport Wing

Issued to No 37 Squadron, 86 Transport Wing and based at Schofields, N.S.W. - August 15, 1946

Wartime camouflage livery was removed and aircraft utilised on courier flightbto Japan

Issued to No 36 Squadron, 86 Transport Wing based at Richmond, N.S.W.

Issued to the Central Flying School, East Sale, Victoria

Supported the training of GCA operators at the RAAF School of Radio, Ballarat, Victoria

Transferred to Aircraft Research & Development Unit (ARDU), Laverton, Victoria - March 14, 1961

Transferred to ARDU Edinburgh, South Australia - February 1977

Withdrawn from use and stored at Edinburgh - 1997

Struck-off-charge and sold by Commonwealth Disposals Board - 2000

Aircraft had flown 14,900 hours

Sold to Historical Aircraft Restoration Society (HARS) - July 2000

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-EAE - July 21, 2000

Registered to Historical Aircraft Restoration Society Inc

As this aircraft had been canabalised over the years it was missing many vital parts that had to be sourced

before the aircraft could be flown to Bankstown Airport, Sydney

Restoration to airworthy standards was carried out by HARS at Bankstown Airport

Damaged during violent wind storm at Bankstown Airport - January 8, 2003

Damage was caused to rudder, tail and control systems when the rudder chock became dislodged

Repaired on site

Ferried Bankstown-Albion Park Regional Airport - February 20, 2003

Aircraft retains basic RAAF 'ARDU' livery with 'Historical Aircraft Restoration Society' titles

Flew its first HARS mission when it flew Albion Park-Temora - March 22, 2003

Registered to Historical Aircraft Restoration Society Inc - December 20, 2005

Aircraft based at the HARS Museum, Albion Park Regional Airport, Albion Park, N.S.W.

Current with HARS - 2011


A65-95. Royal Australian Air Force - in 'ARDU' livery at Melbourne's Essendon Airport, May 1975.

A65-95. Royal Australian Air Force - in 'ARDU' livery at RAAF Edinburgh, October 1975.

A65-95. Royal Australian Air Force - in 'ARDU' livery at Bankstown Airport, April 1986.

VH-EAE. HARS - in the basic RAAF livery at Albion Park Airport, November 2003.