VH-EAQ. Douglas C-47A-1-DK. c/n 11971.
It was also registered as: VH-SBC.
Construction of this aircraft was completed at the Douglas Oklahoma City plant - October 1943
It was built as a Douglas C-47A-1-DK
Delivered to the United States Army Air Force as '42-92197' - October 13, 1943
Transferred to the Royal Australian Air Force under the 'lend / lease' agreement - December 08, 1943
Entered onto the Australian Military Aircraft Register as 'A65-22'
It was operated in Australia using the radio callsign 'VHCTV'
Allocated to No 35 Squadron, Archerfield, S.A. - December 19, 1943
Allocated to No 34 Squadron, Essendon, Victoria - April 15, 1945
Allocated to No 38 Squadron / 86th Transport Wing, Schofields, NSW - January 16, 1947
Allocated to No 36 Squadron / 86th Transport Wing, Schofields, NSW - January 23, 1947
Allocated to the Technical Training & SD Unit - February 03, 1947
Allocated to A. R. D. U., Sale, Victoria - March 05, 1948
Withdrawn from use and struck off charge - March 1948
Sold to Qantas Empire Airways for 6,354 Australian Pounds - April 06, 1948
Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-EAQ - June 17, 1949
Registered to Qantas Empire Airways Ltd, Sydney
It was transferred to Papua New Guinea to service the airline's routes
It was badly damaged when it over-ran the runway on landing at Wau, Papua New Guinea - October 18, 1948
The right undercarriage collapsed causing damage to right wing and fuselage
The aircraft was dismantled on site and trucked to Lae for repairs
Repaired and returned to service - 1950
Converted to spayer configuration with the fitting of a 720 gallon insecticide tanks in fuselage - November 1950
The insecticide was discharged through spray bars mounted under the wing between the engine nacelles
Charted by the Department of Agriculture for grasshopper spraying - November 27, 1950
The initial trial was delayed at Mildura due to strong winds - November 30, 1950
A satisfactory trial was conducted whilst flying some 50 feet above the ground - December 01, 1950
Full grasshopper spraying operations commenced - December 02, 1950
Released from operations and returned to Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - December 10, 1950
It resumed operations in Papua New Guinea - ?
Sold to Trans-Australia Airlines for 28,200 Aust Pounds - September 01, 1960
Reregistered as VH-SBC - December 08, 1960
Registered to Australian National Airlines Commission, Melbourne
Accepted by Trans-Australia for use on its Papua New Guinea 'Sun Bird' services - December 31, 1960
This aircraft was not named
Leased to the Royal Netherlands East Indies Air Force as 'X-18' of 336 Squadron - July 24, 1962
Returned to Trans-Australia Airlines at the end of the lease - May 21, 1968
Operated its final T. A. A. revenue service - May 25, 1968
It was then withdrawn from use - May 25, 1968
Sold to Continental Air Services Inc - July 04, 1968
Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N370 - October 09, 1968
Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - November 15, 1968
Reregistered as N7302 - August 11, 1977
Sold to Commercial Air Freight Inc, California - April 16, 1979
The aircraft was damaged beyond repair at Oaxaca, Mexico - December 11, 1979
The derelict remains were still in existence at Oaxaco, Mecico - 2002
Still registered as 'N7302' to Commercial Airfreight Inc, Santa Ana, Orange County, California - April 01, 2010
Current status - ?
VH-EAQ. Qantas Empire Airways - in the original livery at Mildura Airport, December 1950.
(Qantas Heritage Collection Copyright Image 0251-437.)
VH-SBC. TAA Sunbird Services - in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, date unknown.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0250-330.)
VH-SBC. TAA Sunbird Services - in the standard livery at Lae Airport, July 1966.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0250-970.)