VH-MML. Douglas C-47B-30-DK. c/n 16197 / 32945.

Was also registered as: VH-BPN.


 

Construction completed at the Douglas Oklahoma City plant - March 26, 1945

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

Allocated U.S. serial number 44-76613

Delivered to United States Army Air Force - March 26, 1945

Transferred to the R.A.F. under lend / lease agreement at Montreal as KN470 - March 28, 1945

Delivered to Cairo - April 9, 1945

Transferred to Bilaspur, India and Hmawbi, Burma

Transferred to Air Command South-East Asia (ACSEA) - May 31, 1945

Allocated to No 28 Squadron Communications Unit, Ratalana, Ceylon

Allocated to No 96 Squadron R.A.F. - August 25, 1945

Returned to U.S.A.A.F. as 44-76613 - May 13, 1947

Issued to Pakistan Air Force - becoming H-717 - November 25, 1947

Sold to Field Aircraft Services Ltd for civilian conversion and resale - January 11, 1954

Entered onto the British Aircraft Register as G-ANMA - January 11, 1954

Registered to Field Aircraft Services Ltd

Departed Karachi on delivery flight to Australia - February 14, 1954

Arrived Perth at conclusion of delivery flight - February 18, 1954

Delivery route: Karachi - Ahmadabad - Calcutta - Rangoon - Singapore - Surabaya - Sumba Island - Broome - Perth

Ferry crew were Captain A. Whitlam; F/O K. Baker; Engineer F. Colquhoun

Cancelled from the British Aircraft Register - February 18, 1954

Aircraft had flown a total of 1,926 hours

Sold to MacRobertson Miller Aviation Co Ltd for 15,000 pounds sterling - February 20, 1954

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-MML - April 20, 1954

Registered to MacRobertson Miller Aviation Co Ltd

Was originally configured with 34 bench-type seats and no windows but converted to a freighter - May 1954

Operated by MMA on the Air Beef scheme flying Glenroy - Wyndham three times daily

Had the distinction of being the lightest DC-3 in the world - 6,862 kg empty weight

For more information about the Air Beef Scheme click 'HERE'

Chartered to W.A. Lands & Survey Department for six weeks - September 1957

Utilised to aerial photograph the Pilbara Region of W.A.

Chartered by Kevron Photographics Pty Ltd for two months - September 22, 1961

Utilised for high altitude aerial photography for Federal Government

Converted to 32 passenger configuration - December 1962

Utilised on high density route Perth - Rottnest Island and similar

Registered to MacRoberston Miller Airlines Ltd - December 22, 1966

Withdrawn from service - December 1968

Aircraft had now flown 25,953 hours

Repainted in the colors of Ansett Airlines of PNG with 'Bird-of-Paradise' tail logo

Departed Perth on delivery flight to Ansett Airlines of Papua New Guinea (Captain E. Miller) - January 10, 1969

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

Registered to Ansett (P&NG) Ltd - January 10, 1969

Sold to Air Niugini for $15,000 - November 1, 1973

Registered to Papua New Guinea National Airline (t/a Air Niugini) - January 28, 1974

Entered onto the Papua New Guinea Aircraft Register as P2-MML - May 1, 1974

Cancelled from Australian Aircraft Register - May 6, 1974

Reregistered as P2-ANV - October 21, 1975

Operated final Air Niugini revenue service Mt Hagen - Port Moresby - July 28, 1977

Sold to Bush Pilots Airways - August 1, 1977

Ferried Port Moresby - Cairns - August 2, 1977

Aircraft had flown 33,010 hours

Cancelled from the Papua New Guinea Aircraft Register - October 10, 1977

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-BPN - October 20, 1977

Registered to Bush Pilots Airways Ltd

Registered to Air Queensland Ltd - January 8, 1982

Withdrawn from service by Air Queensland at Cairns - November 5, 1987

Ferried Cairns-Brisbane in full Air Queensland livery for storage - December 16, 1987

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

Ferried Brisbane - Cairns - May 6, 1988

Withdrawn from use and sold via auction at Cairns - June 10, 1992

Sold to R.P. 'Dick' Lang of Highbury, South Australia - July 2, 1992

Ferried Cairns - Adelaide - August 27, 1992

Sold to Desert Air Safaris - November 1992

Sold to R. Starr, North Gosford, N.S.W. - July 1995

Ferried Adelaide (West Beach) - Bankstown - August 23, 1995

Sold to Dakota National Air - August 24, 1995

Registered to Dakota National Air (Aust) Pty Ltd - September 13, 1995

Aircraft had flown 45,950 hours as of February 10, 1998

Sold to Discovery Air Tours - 2003

 


 

VH-MML. M.M.A. Air Freighter - in full livery at Gibb River, circa 1958.

 

VH-MML. MacRobertson Miller Airlines - in full livery at Perth Airport, April 1968.

VH-MML. Ansett Airlines of Papua New Guinea - in the 'delta' livery at Lae Airport, July 1970.

VH-MML. Ansett Airlines of Papua New Guinea - in the 'delta' livery at Port Morseby Airport, August 1973.

P2-MML. Air Niugini - in the standard livery at Port Moresby Airport, date unknown.

P2-ANV. Air Niugini - in the standard livery at Lae Airport, November 1975.

P2-ANV. Air Niugini - in the standard livery at Lae Airport, July 1976.
P2-ANV. Air Niugini - in the basic livery at an unknown airport, July 1977.

P2-ANV. Air Niugini - in the basic livery at Port Moresby Airport, August 1977.

VH-BPN. BPA Australia's Northern Airline - in the full livery at Port Moresby Airport, December 1977.

VH-BPN. BPA Australia's Northern Airline - in the full livery at Cairns Airport, October 1978.

VH-BPN. BPA Australia's Northern Airline - in the full livery at Cairns Airport, November 1979.

VH-BPN. BPA Australia's Northern Airline - in its original livery at Cairns Airport, November 1979.

VH-BPN. BPA Australia's Northern Airline - in its original livery at Cairns Airport, November 1979.

VH-BPN. BPA Queensland's Airline - with new titles at Cairns Airport, November 1981.

VH-BPN. Air Queensland - in the full livery at Brisbane Airport, October 1982.
VH-BPN. Air Queensland - in the full livery at Cairns Airport, September 1983.
 

VH-BPN. Air Queensland - in the full livery at Melbourne Airport, November 1983.

VH-BPN. Air Queensland - in the full livery at Brisbane Airport, date unknown.

 

VH-BPN. DC-3 Queensland - in the full livery at Cairns Airport, November 1988.

VH-BPN. DC-3 Queensland - in the full livery at Cairns Airport, November 1988.

VH-BPN. DC-3 Queensland - in the full livery at Adelaide Airport, August 1992.

VH-BPN. Dick Lang's Desert Air Safaris - in DC-3 Qld livery at Adelaide Airport, September 1992.

VH-BPN. Dick Lang's Desert Air Safaris - in DC-3 Queensland livery at Adelaide Airport, December 1992.

VH-BPN. Dakota National Air - in the full livery at Brisbane Airport, date unknown.