VH-MMA. Douglas C-47A-30-DL. c/n 9593. Was also registered as: VH-MWQ.


 

Construction completed at the Douglas Long Beach plant, California - May 22, 1943

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

Allocated the U. S. serial number 42-23731

Delivered to the United States Army Air Force - May 25, 1943

Allocated to the Royal Australian Air Force under the Lend - Lease program

Received at 3 Aircraft Depot, Amberley, Queensland - June 21, 1943

Allocated the R.A.A.F. serial number A65-13 with the radio callsign 'VHCTL'

Issued to No 34 Squadron using code letters 'FD-C' - July 02, 1943

Returned to 3 Aircraft Depot - April 18, 1946

Approved for disposal by Commonwealth Disposals Commission - December 16, 1946

Sold to M.M.A. at Brisbane as a source of spares - January 08, 1947

Struck-off charge at Sydney (Richmond) having flown 4,121 hours - January 15, 1947

Ferried Sydney (Richmond) - Perth - April 28, 1947

Flight crew: Captain C. N. Kleinig; Engineer F. Colquhoun

Converted to civilian standards by MMA at Maylands Airport, Perth

Test flown at Guildford Airport - October 01, 1947

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-MMA - October 01, 1947

Registered to MacRobertson-Miller Aviation Co. Ltd, Perth

Aircraft was named 'RMA Ashburton'

Operated first revenue service Perth - Darwin - October 01, 1947

Registered to the Commercial Aviation Company - October 01, 1955

Leased to MacRobertson Miller Airlines as the registered operator

Operated first MMA service with a Purser/Loader (duty previously undertaken by pilots) - December 30, 1962

Registered to MacRobertson Miller Airlines - December 22, 1966

Operated MMAs final DC-3 RPT service Newman - Perth - January 17, 1969

Flight crew: Captain B. Smith, G. Hewitt; F/O E. Montague; Hostess C. Bott

Withdrawn from use and stored at Perth having flown 54,619 hours

Painted in Ansett Airlines of Papua New Guinea livery at Perth - January 1969

Departed Perth on ferry flight to New Guinea - February 05, 1969

Ferry route: Perth - Forrest - Whyalla - Broken Hill - Rockhampton - Cairns - Lae

Registered to Ansett (P & NG) Ltd - February 17, 1969

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

Entered onto the Papua New Guinea Aircraft Register as P2-MMA - January 29, 1974

Registered to Papua New Guinea National Airline

Leased to Connair as VH-MMA - January to May 1974

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - May 06, 1974

Reregistered as P2-ANS - November 06, 1975

Sold to Masling Commuter Services having flown 60,710 hours - May 06, 1976

Ferried Port Moresby - Sydney (Bankstown) - May 06, 1976

Cancelled from the Papua New Guinea Aircraft Register - May 06, 1976

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-MWQ - June 16, 1976

Registered to Masling Commuter Air Services Pty Ltd

Withdrawn from use at Sydney - 1979

Sold to Setair Pty Ltd having flown 64,134 hours - August 18, 1979

Aircraft was named 'Gooney Bird'

Sold to Air North Pty Ltd for $17,000 - July 28, 1983

Rebuilt at an estimated cost of $150,000

Reregistered as VH-MMA - November 15, 1983

Registered to Air North Pty Ltd

Utilised during the pilot's dispute for charters to / from the Argyle Diamond Mine

Repainted into new Air North livery - February 1990

Participated in memorial fly-past over Darwin to mark 50th Anniversary of the Darwin bombing - February 19, 1992

Repainted into all-silver livery of Henry & Walker - 1992

Registered to Vintage Aircraft Company Pty Ltd - August 13, 1993

Operated final passenger flight - February 28, 1998

Placed in open storage at Darwin Airport

Sold to John Hardy of Hardy Aviation - 1999

Rebuilt by SAE Aircraft Maintenance, Darwin and test flown - July 28, 2001

Had flown 68,316 hours as of April 5, 2005

Current status - ?

 


 

VH-MMA. Mac.Robertson Miller Airlines - in the standard livery at Perth Airport, date unknown.

VH-MMA. Ansett Airlines of Papua New Guinea - in the 'delta' livery, location and date unknown.

VH-MMA. Ansett Airlines of Papua New Guinea - in the 'delta' livery at Lae Airport, August 1973

VH-MWQ. Masling - in the basic Air Niugini livery at Sydney Airport, July 1976.

VH-MWQ. Masling - in the standard livery at Cootamundra Airport, September 1976.

VH-MWQ. Masling - in the standard livery at Sydney Airport, December 1977.

VH-MWQ. Masling - in the standard livery at Sydney Airport, December 1977.

VH-MWQ. Masling - in the standard livery at Sydney Airport, December 1977.

VH-MWQ. Masling - in the standard livery at Sydney Airport, December 1977.

VH-MWQ. Masling - in the standard livery at Canberra Airport, February 1978.

VH-MWQ. Masling - in the standard livery at Sydney Airport, November 1978.

VH-MWQ. Masling - in the standard livery at Sydney Airport, December 1978.

VH-MWQ. Masling - in the standard livery at Sydney Airport, December 1978.

VH-MWQ. Masling - in the standard livery at Sydney Airport, January 1979.

VH-MWQ. Masling - in the standard livery at Sydney Airport, January 1979.
VH-MWQ. Masling - in the standard livery at Sydney Airport, January 1979.
VH-MWQ. Masling - in the standard livery at Sydney Airport, January 1979.

VH-MWQ. Masling - in the standard livery at Melbourne Airport, August 1979.

VH-MWQ. Masling - in the standard livery, location and date unknown.

VH-MWQ. Setair - in the standard livery with '3UZ' titles at Melbourne Airport, January 1980.
VH-MWQ. Setair - in the standard livery with '3UZ' titles at Melbourne Airport, January 1980.

VH-MWQ. Setair - in the standard livery with '3UZ' titles at Melbourne Airport, January 1980.

VH-MWQ. Setair - in the standard livery with '3UZ' titles at Melbourne Airport, January 1980.

VH-MWQ. Setair - in the standard livery with '3UZ' titles at Melbourne Airport, January 1980.
VH-MWQ. Setair - in the standard livery with '3UZ' titles at Melbourne Airport, January 1980.
VH-MWQ. Setair - in the standard livery with '3UZ' titles at Melbourne Airport, January 1980.
VH-MWQ. Setair - in the standard livery with '3UZ' titles at Melbourne Airport, January 1980.
VH-MWQ. Setair - in the standard livery with '3UZ' titles at Melbourne Airport, January 1980.
VH-MWQ. Setair - in the standard livery with '3UZ' titles at Melbourne Airport, January 1980.

VH-MWQ. Setair - in the standard livery with '3UZ' titles at Melbourne Airport, January 1980.

 

VH-MWQ. Setair - in the standard livery with '3UZ' titles at Melbourne Airport, January 1980.

VH-MWQ. Setair - in the standard livery with '3UZ' titles at Melbourne Airport, January 1980.

VH-MWQ. Setair - in the standard livery with '3UZ' titles at Melbourne Airport, January 1980.

VH-MWQ. Setair - in the standard livery with '3UZ' titles at Melbourne Airport, January 1980.

VH-MWQ. Setair - in the standard livery with '3UZ' titles at Melbourne Airport, January 1980.

VH-MWQ. Setair - in the standard livery with '3UZ' titles at Melbourne Airport, January 1980.

VH-MWQ. Setair - in the standard livery at Melbourne Airport, February 1981.

VH-MWQ. Setair - in the standard livery at Sydney Airport, September 1981.

VH-MMA. Air North - in the old livery at Darwin Airport, June 1986.

VH-MMA. Air North - in the old livery at Darwin Airport, July 1987.

VH-MMA. Air North - in the revised livery at Darwin Airport, June 1990.

VH-MMA. Air North - in the revised livery at Darwin Airport, June 1990.

VH-MMA. Air North - in the all-metal livery without titles at Darwin Airport, date unknown.
 

VH-MMA. Henry & Walker Group - in the standard livery at Darwin Airport, June 1992.

VH-MMA. Henry & Walker Group - in the standard livery at Darwin Airport, August 1992.