VH-RRA. Douglas C-47B-30-DK. c/n 16351-33099.


 

Construction completed at the Douglas Oaklahoma City plant - April 1945

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

Delivered to the United States Army Air Force - April 21, 1945

Allocated the U. S. serial number 44-76767

Transferred to the Royal Australian Air Force under the lend / lease agreement - May 06, 1945

Allocated the Royal Australian Air Force serial number A65-97 and the radio callsign 'VHRFN'

Issued to No 35 Squadron - May 06, 1945

Allocated to No 36 Squadron, 86th Transport Wing

Issued to RAAF Transport Flight, Japan where it operated tri-wwekly courier flights - 1946

Allocated to Aircraft Research & Development Unit - ?

Deemed to be surplus to requirements and was struck-off charge - December 09, 1964

Sold to C. S. I. R. O. - December 29, 1964

Converted to civil standards by East West Airlines at Tamworth, N. S. W.

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-RRA (CofR 5336) - October 39, 1965

Registered to the C.S.I.R.O. Radio Physics Division, Sydney University, Sydney

Transferred to C.S.I.R.O. Division of Cloud Physics - September 29, 1971

Aircraft was crewed and maintained by East West Airlines for the C. S. I. R. O.

Whilst in service the aircraft was modified for research into upper atmospheric physics

It was used for cloud-seeding experiments around Australia when favourable conditions existed

Withdrawn from use at Sydney (Kingsford Smith) Airport, July 20, 1978

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - March 07, 1979

Stripped of parts by Setair and Rebel Air

Used by Sydney Airport Fire Department for fire practice

Scrapped at Sydney (Kingsford Smith) Airport when the remains became unusable - 1988

 


 

VH-RRA. CSIRO Radio Physics Division - in the standard livery at Sydney Airport, December 1968.
VH-RRA. CSIRO Radio Physics Division - in the standard livery at Sydney Airport, December 1968.
VH-RRA. CSIRO Division of Cloud Physics - in the standard livery at Sydney Airport, January 1978.
VH-RRA. CSIRO Division of Cloud Physics - in the standard livery at Melbourne Airport, June 1978.
VH-RRA. CSIRO Division of Cloud Physics - in the standard livery at Melbourne Airport, June 1978.

 

VH-RRA. C.S.I.R.O. - inside the cabin looking aft at Sydney Airport, October 1978.
VH-RRA. C.S.I.R.O. - inside the cockpit at Sydney Airport, October 1978.
VH-RRA. C.S.I.R.O. - inside the cabin looking aft at Sydney Airport, October 1978.
VH-RRA. CSIRO Division of Cloud Physics - in the standard livery at Sydney Airport, January 1979.
VH-RRA. CSIRO Division of Cloud Physics - in the standard livery at Sydney Airport, May 1979.
 
VH-RRA. CSIRO - in the basic livery at Sydney Airport, June 1979.
VH-RRA. CSIRO - in the basic livery at Sydney Airport, August 1979.
 
VH-RRA. CSIRO - in the basic livery at Sydney Airport, April 1981.
VH-RRA. CSIRO - in the basic livery at Sydney Airport, July 1981.