VH-UPQ. Douglas C-47B-35-DK. c/n 166552-33300.


Construction completed at the Douglas Oklahoma City plant - May 1945

Built as a Douglas C-47B-35-DK

Delivered to the USAAF - May 18, 1945

Allocated U.S. serial number 44-76968

Arrived Amberley on lend / lease to RAAF as A65-105 - May 29, 1945

Operated under radio callsign 'VHRFV'

Allocated to No 37 Squadron for transport services - April 10, 1945

Allocated to No 34 Squadron - July 15, 1948

Allocated to No 38 Squadron - June 5, 1950

Allocated to 90th Transport Wing (Malaya) - January 25, 1951

Allocated to 90 Transport Wing - January 28, 1952

Allocated to 86 Transport Wing - December 5, 1952

Allocated to Aircraft Research & Development Unit (ARDU) - June 8, 1953

Allocated to No 38 Squadron 86 Transport Wing - April 18, 1957

Allocated to ARW - November 5, 1960

Allocated to 86 Transport Wing - May 4, 1962

Allocated to 2 A.T.U. - July 8, 1964

Transferred to Department of Aircraft Production - May 20, 1968

Deemed surplus to requirements and struck off charge - December 17, 1968

Aircraft had flown 8,966 hours

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-UPQ - July 2, 1969

Registered to Department of Supply, Woomera Rocket Range (Short Bros)

Operated by Short Bros as Woomera Rocket Range support aircraft

Withdrawn from use and placed in storage at Woomera pending sale - August 1973

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - August 17, 1973

Ferried Woomera-Alice Springs (Capt D. Gillespie; F/O Rosier - August 1974

Sold to Conair Pty Ltd - October 25, 1974

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-UPQ - October 25, 1974

Transferred to Northern Airlines after East West purchased Conair - June 9, 1980

Registered to Northern Airlines (Operations) Pty Ltd - June 18, 1980

Sold to Setair Pty Ltd - December 1980

Registered to Setair Pty Ltd - December 31, 1980

Aircraft was named 'Sandra'

Ferried Alice Springs-Melbourne (Essendon) on delivery to Setair - December 31, 1980

Sold to Adventure Air Tours - 1983

Sold to Twinair - 1984

Sold to Rebel Air Pty Ltd - 1984

Operated by Australian Vintage Travel - 1987

Sold to Koomeela Australia - December 9, 1988

Sold to Dakota National Air Pty Ltd - March 1994

Registered to Dakota National Air (Australia) Pty Ltd - March 10, 1994

Observed in a derelict condition at Bankstown Airport, N.S.W. - June 15, 2003

Registered to Dakota National Air (Australia) Pty Ltd - June 8, 2006

Observed in open storage at Bankstown Airport in badly corroded condition - October 2007

Current status - ?


VH-UPQ. Connair - in the full livery at Ayres Rock, October 1978.

VH-UPQ. Connair - in the full livery at Alice Springs Airport, date unknown.

VH-UPQ. Connair - in the full livery at Alice Springs Airport, December 1979.

VH-UPQ. Northern - in the full livery at Sydney Airport, January 1981.

VH-UPQ. Northern - in the full livery at Melbourne's Essendon Airport, January 1981.

VH-UPQ. Northern - in the full livery at Melbourne's Essendon Airport, January 1981.

VH-UPQ. Northern - in the basic livery at Melbourne's Essendon Airport, January 1981.

VH-UPQ. Northern - in the basic livery at Melbourne's Essendon Airport, January 1981.

VH-UPQ. Setair - in the full livery at Sydney Airport, January 1983.

VH-UPQ. Rebel Air - in the basic Setair livery at Sydney Airport, May 1984.

VH-UPQ. Twinair - in the basic Setair livery at Coolangatta Airport, date unknown.

VH-UPQ. Rebel Air - in the new livery without titles at Melbourne's Essendon Airport, date unknown.

VH-UPQ. Australian Vintage Travel - in the full livery at Melbourne's Essendon Airport, August 1988.

VH-UPQ. Rebel Air - in the modified livery at Sydney Airport, August 1988.

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

VH-UPQ. Dakota National Air - in the full livery at Brisbane Airport, November 1996.

VH-UPQ. Dakota National Air - in the full livery at Bankstown Airport, December 1996.