VH-INF. Douglas C-47A-10-DK. c/n 12647.

Was also registered as: VH-AKR and VH-MAN.

 

Construction of this aircraft was completed at the Douglas Oklahoma City plant - February 1944

It was built as a Douglas 'C-47A-10-DK' for the United States Military

It was allocated the United States serial number '42-92806'

Delivered to United States Army Air Force - February 24, 1944

Delivered to the 5th Air Force, 374th Troop Carrier Group in Brisbane (Archerfield) - April 13, 1944

Allocated to 6th Troop Carrier Squadron with radio call sign 'VHCJW'

Thisaircraft was nick-named 'U-Beaut'

Transferred to No. 3 Aircraft Depot - July 22, 1945

It was deemed surplus to requirements and struck-off-charge at Tacloban, Philippines - November 29, 1946

Sold to Field Aircraft Services - November 29, 1946

Entered onto the British Aircraft Register as G-AJTO - May 20, 1947

Registered to Zinc Corporation, Broken Hill, Australia

Sold to Australian National Airways - March 04, 1948

Cancelled from the British Aircraft Register - March 04, 1948

It was converted from P&W R1820-92 radial engines to Wright Cyclone GR.1820G-202A engines

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-INF (CofR 1611) - December 15, 1948

Registered to Australian National Airways Pty Ltd, Melbourne

The aircraft was named 'Balyana' (very good)

Registered to Butler Air Transport - May 02, 1950

The aircraft was configured to seat 24 passengers

Converted to P&W R1820-92 radial engines before entering service with Butler Air Transport

Sold to Butler Air Transport - July 22, 1950

Reregister as VH-AKR - August 13, 1950

Sold to Mandated Airlines Ltd - June 1957

Reregistered as VH-MAN - June 10, 1957

Registered to New Guinea Co Ltd t/a Mandated Airlines Ltd

Registered to Mandated Airlines Ltd - June 26, 1959

Transferred to Ansett-MAL - January 18, 1961

Registered to Ansett Airlines of PNG - May 19, 1968

Registered to Ansett (P&NG) Ltd - May 23, 1973

Sold to Air Niugini for $15,000 - November 01, 1973

Registered to Papua New Guinea National Airline - January 28, 1974

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - June 01, 1974

Entered onto the Papua New Guinea Aircraft Register as P2- MAN - June 01, 1974

Reregistered as P2-ANY - December 12, 1975

Withdrawn from service and stored at Port Moresby - July 31, 1977

Cancelled from the Papua New Guinea Aircraft Register - ?

Sold to Insured Aircraft Title Service Inc - March 1980

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N55392 - March 13, 1980

Departed Port Moresby on the ferry flight to Oakland Airport, California - June 30, 1980

Sold to Wells Aircraft Inc - May 18, 1981

Registered to Reo Leasing Inc - July 02, 1981

Observed in an unusable condition at Brinkley, AR, USA - ?

Sold to FA Mexicana Esc 311 as ETM-6046 - August 1993

Observed preserved at Base Aerea 1 - 2000

Current status - ?

 

VH-MAN. Mandated Airlines - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, date unknown.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0251-734.)

VH-MAN. Ansett-MAL - in the standard livery at Mt Hagen Airport, July 1966.

(G. Bennett Collection Copyright Image 0250-948.)

VH-MAN. Ansett-MAL - in the standard livery at Lae Airport, July 1966.

(G. Bennett Collection Copyright Image 0250-947.)

VH-MAN. Ansett Airlines of Papua New Guinea - in the 'delta' livery at Mt Hagen Airport, November 1972.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0250-930.)

VH-MAN. Ansett Airlines of Papua New Guinea - in the 'delta' livery at Mt Hagen Airport, December 1972.

(G. Bennett Collection Copyright Image 0250-949.)

P2-MAN. Ansett Airlines of Papua New Guinea - in the 'delta' livery at an unknown airport, June 1974.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0251-578.)

P2-MAN. Air Niugini - in the standard livery at Lae Airport, August 1974.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0250-795.)

P2-ANY. Air Niugini - in the standard livery at Lae Airport, October 1976.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0250-794.)