VH-EAQ. Douglas C-47A-1-DK. c/n 11971.

was also registered as: VH-SBC.


Construction completed at Oklahoma City plant - October 1943

Built as a Douglas C-47A-1-DK

Delivered to the U.S. Army Air Force as 42-92197 - October 13, 1943

Transferred to the Royal Australian Air Force under lend / lease agreement - December 8, 1943

Allocated RAAF Serial Number A65-22 with radio callsign 'VHCTV'

Allocated to No 35 Squadron, Archerfield, S.A. - December 19, 1943

Allocated to No 34 Squadron, Essendon, Victoria - April 15, 1945

Allocated to No 38 Squadron / 86th Transport Wing, Schofields, NSW - January 16, 1947

Allocated to No 36 Squadron / 86th Transport Wing, Schofields, NSW - January 23, 1947

Allocated to Technical Training & SD Unit - February 3, 1947

Allocated to A.R.D.U., Sale, Victoria - March 5, 1948

Withdrawn from use and struck off charge - March 1948

Sold to Qantas Empire Airways for 6,354 Australian Pounds - April 6, 1948

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-EAQ - June 17, 1949

Registered to Qantas Empire Airways Ltd, Sydney

Transferred to Papua New Guinea service

Badly damaged when it over-ran the runway on landing at Wau, Papua New Guinea - October 18, 1948

Right undercarriage collapsed causing damage to right wing and fuselage

Aircraft was dismantled and trucked to Lae for repairs

Returned to service - 1950

Converted to spayer configuration by fitting a 720 gallon insecticide tanks in fuselage - November 1950

Insecticide was discharged through spray bars mounted under the wing between engine nacelles

Charted by Department of Agriculture for grasshopper spraying - November 27, 1950

Initial trial delayed at Mildura due to strong winds - November 30, 1950

Satisfactory trial conducted whilst flying 50 feet above the ground - December 1, 1950

Full grasshopper spraying operations commenced - December 2, 1950

Released from operations and returned to Sydney - December 10, 1950

Resumed operations in Papua New Guinea

Sold to Trans Australia Airlines for 28,200 Aust Pounds - September 1, 1960

Reregistered as VH-SBC - December 8, 1960

Registered to Australian National Airlines Commission

Accepted by TAA for use on Papua New Guinea 'Sun Bird' services - December 31, 1960

Aircraft was not named

Leased to Royal Netherlands East Indies Air Force as X-18 of 336 Squadron - July 24, 1962

Returned to T.A.A. at end of lease - May 21, 1968

Operated final TAA revenue service - May 25, 1968

Withdrawn from use - May 25, 1968

Sold to Continental Air Services Inc - July 4, 1968

Entered onto the U.S. Aircraft Register as N370 - October 9, 1968

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - November 15, 1968

Reregistered as N7302 - August 11, 1977

Sold to Commercial Air Freight Inc, California - April 16, 1979

Aircraft was damaged beyond repair at Oaxaca, Mexico - December 11, 1979

Derelict remains were still in existence at Oaxaco, Mecico - 2002

Still registered as N7302 to Commercial Airfreight Inc, Santa Ana, Orange County, California - April 1, 2010


VH-EAQ. Qantas Empire Airways - in the original livery at Mildura Airport, date unknown.

VH-SBC. TAA Sunbird Services - in the full livery at Brisbane Airport, date unknown.

VH-SBC. TAA Sunbird Services - in the full livery at Lae Airport, July 1966.