VH-EAO. Douglas C-47A-30-DK. c/n 13922-25367.

was also registered as:

VH-EBX; VH-SBH & VH-EDD.


Construction completed at the Oklahoma City plant - July 15, 1944

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

Allocated U.S. serial number 43-48106

Delivered to United States Army Air Force

Transferred to the R.A.A.F. under lend / lease agreement - becoming A65-57 - August 9, 1944

Operated under the radio callsign 'VHCUR'

Allocated to No 33 Squadron during the war

Sold to Qantas Airways - December 1946

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

Registered to Qantas Empire Airways Ltd, Sydney

Accepted by Qantas - January 22, 1947

Operated its first revenue service with Qantas - April 6, 1947

Reregistered as VH-EBX - August 5, 1957

Sold to Trans Australia Airlines - September 1, 1960

Operated its first revenue service with T.A.A. - September 1, 1960

Reregistered as VH-SBH - December 8, 1960

Registered to Australian National Airlines Commission

Operated its final revenue service with T.A.A. - June 28, 1962

Sold to Royal Netherlands Air Force as X-18 - August 2, 1962

Converted to a military transport by Hawker de Havilland at Bankstown prior to delivery

Cancelled from Australian Aircraft Register - August 31, 1962

Withdrawn from use at Biak as being surplus to requirements - October 1962

Sold to Jones Co Guerro Ltd, Manila, Philippines - November 7, 1962

Sold to Qantas - January 1964

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-EDD - January 22, 1964

Registered to Qantas Empire Airways Ltd, Sydney

Utilised for pilot training and the carrying of freight

Sold & registered to Queensland Pacific Airways Pty Ltd - December 15, 1971

Utilised to carry fresh fruit, vegetables & general freight between Cairns-Port Moresby

Sold to Bush Pilots Airways Ltd, Cairns - June 17, 1972

Registered to Bush Pilots Airways Ltd, Cairns - June 26, 1972

Registered to Bush Pilots Airways (PNG) Pty Ltd - August 8, 1973

Leased to Forrestair - November 1974 to November 1976

Registered to Bush Pilots Airways Ltd - January 27, 1977

Withdrawn from use and stored at Cairns - March 1977

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - April 21, 1977

Aircraft dismantled at Cairns Airport with fuselage being donated to Cairns Airport Fire Department

Cockpit section was used as a disc jockey's booth at the Pacific International Hotel, Cairns

Remains of fuselage later scrapped - whereabouts of nose section not confirmed at this time


VH-EAO. Qantas Empire Airways - in the all-metal livery at Sydney Airport, date unknown.

VH-EAO. Qantas Empire Airways - in the all-metal livery at an unknown airport, date unknown.

VH-EDD. Qantas - in the final livery at Sydney Airport, June 1966.

VH-EDD. Qantas - in the final livery at Melbourne's Essendon Airport, June 1971.

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

VH-EDD. Bush Pilots Airways Forrestair - in BPA livery at Melbourne's Essendon Airport, June 1975.

VH-EDD. Bush Pilots Airways Forrestair - in BPA livery at Melbourne's Essendon Airport, June 1975.

VH-EDD. Bush Pilots Airways Forrestair - in BPA livery at Essendon Airport, November 1975.

VH-EDD. Bush Pilots Airways - withdrawn from use at Cairns Airport, April 1978.

VH-EDD. Bush Pilots Airways - on the fire dump at Cairns Airport, December 1980.

VH-EDD. Bush Pilots Airways - on the fire dump at Cairns Airport, December 1980.

VH-EDD. Bush Pilots Airways - on the fire dump at Cairns Airport, December 1984.

 

VH-EDD. Bush Pilots Airways - all that remains of a once proud airliner at Cairns Airport, date unknown.