VH-AIQ. Douglas C-47B-25-DK. c/n 15924-32672.
Was also registered as: 44-76340; A65-80; 71-340.
Construction was completed at the Douglas Oklahoma City plant - February 1945
It was built as a Douglas C-47B-25-DK
It was allocated the United States serial number '44-76340'
Delivered to the United States Army Air Force - February 13, 1945
It was allocated to the Royal Australian Air Force under the lend / lease agreement - Februay 1945
It arrived at No. 3 Aircraft depot, RAAF Amberley, Queensland - May 08, 1945
Entered onto the Australian Military Aircraft Register as A65-80
It was operated using the radio call-sign 'VHCIM'
Issued to No. 38 Squadron - March 13, 1945
Received at No. 2 Aircraft Depot, RAAF Richmond, N.S.W. - January 30, 1946
Returned to No. 38 Squadron - February 11, 1946
Received at No. 2 Aircraft Depot, RAAF Richmond, N.S.W. - October 17, 1946
Issued to 86 Wing - November 28, 1946
Received at No. 2 Aircraft Depot, RAAF Richmond, N.S.W. - June 03, 1947
Returned to 86 Wing - December 02, 1947
Issued to Central Flying School, RAAF East Sale, Victoria - February 18, 1948
Received by the Department of Aircraft Production - July 07, 1950
Received at No. 1 Aircraft Depot, RAAF Laverton, Victoria - March 15, 1951
Returned to Central Flying School, RAAF East Sale, Victoria - April 15, 1951
Returned to 86 Wing - November 20, 1952
Returned to Central Flying School, RAAF East Sale, Victoria - January 15, 1953
Received at No. 2 Aircraft Depot, RAAF Richmond, N.S.W. - October 15, 1953
Returned to 86 Wing - May 21, 1954
Allocated to No. 77 Squadron, Iwakuni, Japan as a support aircraft - May 1954
Issued to No. 91st Wing, RAAF Iwakuni, Japan - May 31, 1954
Returned to No. 36 Squadron, 86 Wing - January 20, 1955
Received by the Department of Aircraft Production for navigational equipment installation - March 24, 1955
It was allocated the new radio call-sign 'VMJRP'
Received at No. 1 Aircraft Depot, RAAF Laverton, Victoria - August 31, 1955
Returned to School of Air Navigation, RAAF East Sale, Victoria - October 05, 1955
Received at the Department of Aircraft Production - October 10, 1958
Returned to School of Air Navigation, RAAF East Sale, Victoria - April 10, 1959
Issued to ARW Parafield - September 22, 1961
Returned to School of Air Navigation, RAAF East Sale, Victoria - June 17, 1965
Held as a Class B airframe in storage at East Sale
Aircraft was placed on the 'disposal list' pending sale - 1971
Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-AIQ - October 25, 1971
Registered to the Department of Foreign Affairs, Australian Government, Canberra
The aircraft was prepared for disposal via the Australian Aid program to the Cambodian Air Force
It was allocated the Cambodian Air Force Serial Number '71-340' - October 1971
Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - November 05, 1971
Formal acceptance by the Cambodian Air Force as '71-340' - March 28, 1972
The aircraft had been configured as a VIP transport with the installation of airline seats, a conference room,
galley, toilet and fuselage sound-proofing
Additional VHR and UHF radio equipment was installed at Phnom Penh - March 1973
The right wing was damaged when a taxying Cessna O-1D '57-2934' struck it at Phnom Penh - January 1974
Repaired and returned to service
Aircraft was badly damaged when it crash landed at Siem-Reap Airport - August 02, 1974
Considered to be uneconomic to repair and was written-off
VH-AIQ. Australian Aid - in the silver livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, September 1971.
(G. Bennet Copyright Image 0251-108.)
VH-AIQ. Australian Aid - in the silver livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, November 1971.
(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 0250-289.)