VH-EAM. Douglas C-47A-20-DL. c/n 9286.

Was also registered as: VH-EWA; VH-EWF; VH-PWN and VH-CWS.


Construction completed at the Douglas Long Beach, California plant - March 1943

Built as a Douglas C-47A-20-DL

Delivered to the United States Army Air Force as 42-23424 - March 25, 1943

Delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force at Brisbane - April 30, 1943

Allocated the R. A. A. F. serial number A65-9

Used by 36 Squadron and 34 Squadron with the radio callsign 'VHCTI'

Attached to the British Mission in Japan - August 27, 1945 to September 16, 1945

Returned to No 3 Aircraft Depot - May 03, 1946

Sold to Qantas Empire Airways for $A 12, 500 - April 6, 1946

Struck off charge by the R. A. A. F. - December 10, 1946

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-EAM - December 12, 1946

Registered to Qantas Empire Airways Ltd

Converted to civilian standards by Qantas at Brisbane with seating for 21 passengers

Crashed on take-off during C of A test flight at Brisbane (Archerfield) Airport - August 19, 1948

Accident was caused by crossed aileron control cables the result of inadequate inspection during overhaul

Aircraft required extensive repairs and rebuilding before it resumed service

Crew: Captain D. A. Tennant

Aircraft was withdrawn from service and prepared for sale to East West Airlines - 1953

Sold to East West Airlines - July 1953

Registered to East West Airlines Ltd - July 21, 1953

Ferried Brisbane (Archerfield) - Tamworth (Captains R. Walesby, B. McKenzie) - July 22, 1953

It retained the red Qantas c/line and the Australian flag on the tail

The 'East West Airlines' titles were added later by East West

Operated promotional flight Sydney - West Wyalong - Cowra - Sydney - August 01, 1953

Reregistered as VH-EWA - September 01, 1953

Aircraft was named 'Peel City'

Had the distinction of flying the shortest service between two airfields - January 15, 1954

Flew from old Tamworth airfield to new Tamworth airfield with total flight time of two minutes

Flight crew: Captain R. Walesby; F/O E. McKillop; Hostess V. Scott

Converted to seat 28 passengers by East West - 1956

Reregistered as VH-EWF - May 01, 1959

Aircraft was renamed 'Oxley City'

Leased to Westralian Air Surveys - December 23, 1961

Leased to Airlines of South Australia - June 02, 1965 to December 1965

Reregistered as VH-PWN - November 27, 1967

The East West DC-3 fleet were reregistered to free-up the 'EW-' block for the growning Friendship fleet

Leased to Queensland Pacific Trading Co. Pty Ltd - September 1969

Leased to Adastra Aerial Surveys Pty Ltd - May 08, 1972

Sold to Bush Pilots Airways (PNG) Pty Ltd - September 1972

Registered to Bush Pilots Airways Ltd - September 22, 1972

Registered to B. P. A. (PNG) Pty Ltd - June 19, 1973

Registered to Bush Pilots Airways Ltd - January 27, 1977

Registered to Great Pacific Aeroplane Company, Essendon - August 10, 1979

Bush Pilots Airways Ltd changed its name to Air Queensland Ltd - 1982

Registered to Air Queensland Ltd - January 04, 1982

Withdrawn from use and stored at Cairns - September 1987

Ferried to Brisbane for storage at the T. A. A. Maintenance facility

Stored at Brisbane Airport - December 19, 1987 to February 1988

Air Queensland ceased operations - April 1988

Sold to Air Rambler (Australia) Pty Ltd t/a DC-3 Queensland - April 7, 1988

DC-3 Queensland obtained their Air Operators Certificate - June 03, 1988

Utilised on scenic outback charter services throughout northern Queensland

Sold to R. P. Lang, Highbury, S.A. t/a Desert Air Safaris - June 10, 1991

Sold to Pioneer Adventures Ltd, New Zealand - April 1993

Departed Adelaide on the ferry flight to New Zealand - May 01, 1993

Arrived Auckland at the conclusion of the ferry flight - May 03, 1993

Aircraft was overhauled and restored by Fieldair at Palmerston North

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - June 16, 1993

Entered onto the New Zealand Aircraft Register as ZK-AMS - July 15, 1993

Registered to Pionair Ltd

Aircraft was named 'Spirit of Queenstown'

Ferried Auckland - Norfolk Island - Lord Howe Island - Brisbane - July 25, 2001

Departed Cairns on scenic 12 day 'Aussie Outback Tour' - July 31, 2001

The tour concluded at Sydney (Kingsford Smith) Airport - August 12, 2001

Returned to New Zealand - ?

Ferried Christchurch - Kaitaia - Lord Howe Island - Sydney - May 02 - 03, 2004

Leased to Pionair Australia Pty Ltd

Utilised in Australia for outback tourist charter flights

Advertised for sale for $NZ 550,000 - late 2005

Cancelled from the New Zealand Aircraft Register - March 03, 2006

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-CWS - March 14, 2006

Registered to Classic Wings, Midland, W.A.

Overhauled at Bankstown Airport and prepared for the ferry flight to Western Australia

Departed Sydney (Bankstown) Airport on the ferry flight to Perth - August 25, 2006

Arrived Perth (Jandakot) Airport - August 28, 2006

Limited charter and scenic flights carried out from Perth (Jandakot) Airport

Operations suspended pending the granting of Air Operators Certificate - February 21, 2007

Air Operators Certificate issued - September 09, 2008

Final service flown by Classic Wings - January 10, 2009

Aircraft repossessed by Westpac Banking Corporation

Registered to Westpac Banking Corporation - January 12, 2009

Stored at Perth (Jandakot) Airport awaiting sale

Departed Jandakot on the ferry flight to Maitland Airport - June 01, 2009

Arrived Maitland at the conclusion of the ferry flight - June 11, 2009

Ferry route: Perth - Kalgoorlie - Forrest - Ceduna - Port Augusta - Broken Hill - Parkes - Maitland

Auctioned by Slattery's Auctions - July 23, 2009

Registered to Slattery Auctions Australia Pty Ltd, Hexham, N. S. W.

Sold to JNP Enterprises Pty Ltd, Broome, W. A.

Registered to JNP Enterprises Pty Ltd, Broome, W. A. - June 24, 2010

Intended to be operated by Peter Christoudias, Broome t/a Broome Air Services

Aircraft advertised for sale - October 2012

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - December 11, 2015

Aircraft was dismantled at Sydney (Bankstown) for shipping to South Korea - January 22, 2016

Trucked Sydney (Bankstown) - Wollongong (Port Kembla) by Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics

Shipped on the vessel 'Tamarlane' for Masan, South Korea - March 2016

Possibly for the Korean Naval Academy Museum, Masan


VH-EWA. East West Airlines - in the basic Qantas livery at an unknown location, date unknown.

VH-EWA. East West Airlines - in the original livery at Sydney Airport, August 1957.

VH-EWA. East West Airlines - in the original livery at Tamworth Airport, date unknown.
VH-EWA. East West Airlines - in the original livery at an unknown airport, date unknown.
VH-EWF. EWA - in the revised livery at Sydney Airport, date unknown.
VH-EWF. East West Airlines - in the new livery at Sydney Airport, February 1964.

VH-PWN. East-West - in the revised livery at Canberra Airport, date unknown.

VH-PWN. East-West - in the revised livery at Sydney Airport, December 1967.

VH-PWN. East-West - in the revised livery at Sydney Airport, December 1967.

 

VH-PWN. East-West - in the revised livery at Tamworth Airport, October 1968.

VH-PWN. Queensland Pacific Trading - in basic East West livery at Cairns Airport, January 1972.

VH-PWN. Queensland Pacific Trading - in the basic East West livery at an unknown airport, June 1972.

VH-PWN. Queensland Pacific - in Bush Pilots livery at Brisbane Airport, date unknown.

VH-PWN. Bush Pilots Airways - in the original livery at Cairns Airport, November 1972.

VH-PWN. Bush Pilots Airways Australia - in the original livery at Cairns Airport, January 1973.

VH-PWN. Bush Pilots Airways Australia - in the original livery at Brisbane Airport, date unknown.

VH-PWN. Bush Pilots Airways - in the original livery at Cairns Airport, December 1974.

 

VH-PWN. Bush Pilots Airways - in the revised livery at Cairns Airport, April 1978.
VH-PWN. BPA Australia's Northern Airline - with revised titles at Cairns Airport, August 1980.
VH-PWN. BPA Australia's Northern Airline - with revised titles at Cairns Airport, December 1980.
VH-PWN. BPA Australia's Northern Airline - in the full livery at Brisbane Airport, December 1980.

VH-PWN. BPA Australia's Northern Airline - in the full livery at Brisbane Airport, December 1980.

VH-PWN. BPA - in a modified livery at Cairns Airport, November 1981.

VH-PWN. BPA - in a modified livery at Cairns Airport, January 1982.

VH-PWN. Air Queensland - in the standard livery at Cairns Airport, November 1982.

VH-PWN. Air Queensland - in the standard livery at Cairns Airport, September 1983.

VH-PWN. Air Queensland - in the standard livery at Cairns Airport, March 1984.

VH-PWN. Air Queensland - in the standard livery at Cairns Airport, November 1986.

VH-PWN. Air Queensland - in the Australian Airlines livery at Cairns Airport, October 1987.

VH-PWN. Air Queensland - in the Australian Airlines livery at Cairns Airport, October 1987.

VH-PWN. Air Queensland - in the Australian Airlines livery at Brisbane Airport, December 1987.

VH-PWN. DC-3 Queensland - in the basic Australian Airlines livery at Cairns Airport, September 1988.

VH-PWN. DC-3 Queensland - in the basic Australian Airlines livery at Cairns Airport, September 1988.

VH-PWN. DC-3 Queensland - in the new livery at Cairns Airport, February 1990.

VH-PWN. DC-3 Queensland - in the new livery at Cairns Airport, September 1990.

VH-PWN. Dick Lang's Desert Air Safaris - in the DC3 Queensland livery at unknown airport, February 1993.

ZK-AMS. Dick Lang's Desert Air Safaris - in the DC3 Queensland livery at an unknown airport, June 1993.

ZK-AMS. Pionair - in the standard livery at Wigam Air Force Base, March 1996.

ZK-AMS. Pionair - in the standard livery at Queenstown Airport, December 1996.

ZK-AMS. Pionair - in the standard livery at Queenstown Airport, December 1996.

ZK-AMS. Pionair - in the standard livery at Auckland Airport, October 1998.

ZK-AMS. Pionair - in a special Lion Nathan livery at Auckland Airport, March 1999.

VH-CWS. Classic Wings - in the basic Pionair livery at Adelaide Airport, August 2006.

VH-CWS. Classic Wings - in the basic Pionair livery at Perth Airport, September 2006.

VH-CWS. Classic Wings - in the basic Pionair livery at Perth Airport, September 2006.

VH-CWS. Classic Wings - in the basic Pionair livery at Perth Airport, September 2006.

VH-CWS. Classic Wings - in the basic Pionair livery at Perth Airport, September 2006.

VH-CWS. Classic Wings - in basic Pionair livery approaching Perth Airport, September 2006.

VH-CWS. Classic Wings - in the basic Pionair livery approaching Perth Airport, September 2006.

VH-CWS. Classic Wings - inside the cockpit at Jandakot Airport, September 2006.

VH-CWS. Classic Wings - inside the cabin at Jandakot Airport, September 2006.
VH-CWS. Broome Air Services - in the basic Pionair livery at Sydney Airport, April 2015.
VH-CWS. Broome Air Services - in the basic Pionair livery at Sydney Airport, April 2015.
VH-CWS. Broome Air Services - in the basic Pionair livery at Sydney Airport, November 2015.