VH-IND. Douglas C-47A-25-DK. c/n 13529.
Was also registered as: ZK-BYE; XW-PFX; XW-TDG.
Construction was completed at the Douglas Oklahoma City plant - June 1944
It was built as a Douglas C-47A-25-DK
It was delivered to the United States Army Air Force - June 7, 1944
It was allocated the U. S. serial number '42-93599'
Transferred to Pacific Air Transport Command, Manila, Philippines - June 14, 1955
Allocated to 39th Troop Carrier Squadron
It was deemed surplus to requirements and struck off charge and sold - December 31, 1945
The sale records on this aircraft is incomplete
Chartered by Curtis Madsen Airlines - 1947
Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-IND - April 14, 1948
Registered to Aircrafts Pty Ltd
Leased to Butler Air Transport with seating for 24 passengers
Registered to Australian National Airways Pty Ltd - May 19, 1948
Converted from P&W R1820-92 radial engines to Wright Cyclone GR.1820G-202A engines - July 1948
The aircraft was named 'Menana' (high)
Used on Guinea Airways services - 1948
It was damaged when it became bogged on the wet airstrip at Mitchell River, Nth Queensland - March 15, 1949
Flight crew: Capt C. Jones; F/O R. Bampton; Hostess McGregor
Ownership transferred to Ansett-ANA - October 21, 1957
Operated by Butler Air Transport in the basic ANA livery without the ANA 'House Flag' on the rudder
Converted to P&W R1820-92 engines at Melbourne (Essendon) - 1957 - 1958
Leased to Queensland Airlines to cover the late delivery of their Friendship VH-FNE - March 1960
Withdrawn from service - October 1960
Converted to Douglas DC-3C-S1C3G with 'Viewmaster' windows at Melbourne (Essendon) - ?
Sold to South Pacific Airlines of New Zealand Ltd
Ferried Melbourne - Sydney - Norfolk Island - Auckland on delivery to SPANZ - ?
Arrived Whenuapai on completion of the ferry flight - December 02, 1960
Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - December 02, 1960
Entered onto the New Zealand Aircraft Register as ZK-BYE - December 02, 1960
Withdrawn from service when SPANZ ceased trading - February 28, 1966
Sold to Columbia Trading Corporation Aviation Sales (NZ) Ltd - August 1967
The aircraft remained stored at Auckland Airport
Departed Auckland on the ferry flight to Air America via Brisbane - February 06, 1968
Cancelled from the New Zealand Aircraft Register - February 1968
Entered onto the Laos Aircraft Register as XW-PFX - ?
It was reregistered as XW-TDG - ?
Leased to Laos Air Charter
The aircraft was destroyed when it crashed at Luang Prabang, Loas - December 23, 1969
The six occupants onboard the aircraft were killed
VH-IND. Australian National Airways - 'Menana' in the standard livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, date unknown.
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