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Withdrawn from use and stored at Edinburgh - 1997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.