VH-PNA. Douglas C-47B-30-DK. c/n 16355/33103.
This aircraft was constructed under the United States Army Air Force Contract AC535-AC-40652- #2032
Constructed at the Douglas Oaklahoma City plant - April 1945
It was built as a Douglas C-47B-30-DK
It was delivered to the United States Army Air Force - April 21, 1945
It was allocated the U. S. serial number '44-76711'
Transferred to the Royal Australian Air Force under the lend / lease agreement
Delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force at Brisbane (Archerfield) - May 11, 1945
Entered onto the Australian Military Aircraft Register as A65-99
It was operated using the radio call-sign 'VHRFP'
Used by 35 Squadron, 86 Transport Wing & A.R.D.U.
The aircraft crashed 1.5 km south of Garfield, Victoria - January 17, 1958
It had depared RAAF Base Laverton for RAAF Base East Sale on an ILS Check Flight
The port engine failed first then the starboard engine whilst the aircraft was near Warragul, Victoria
The pilot made an emergency forced landing on a farm owned by Mr Edward Walters
During the wheels-up forced landing some 25 yards of fencing was ripped out of the ground
Flight Crew: F/Lt L. A. Evans, W/O F. Russell, Sgt R. Ross, A/C G. F. Green
Scientific Officer (Civilian A.R.D.U) Mr Rice and 20 Melbourne based ATC Cadets also on board were not injured
The aircraft was retrieved by No. 1 Aircraft Depot but was deemed to be unrepairable by the unit
Struck-off-charge - October 30, 1958
The damaged airframe was listed for disposal - January 06, 1959
The aircraft has flown 4,886.35 hours
Sold to Patair by tender from RAAF Disposals in the wrecked condition
Stored at Bristol Aviation Services at Sydney (Bankstown) and rebuilt to airworth condition - 1960 / 61
Test flown at Sydney (Bankstown) - August 1961
It was fitted with Jet-Assisted Take-Off (JATO) equipment which was tested at Bankstown - August 19, 1961
Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-PNA - August 23, 1961
Registered to Papuan Air Transport Pty Ltd
The aircraft was named 'Mount Victoria'
Ferried Sydney (Bankstown) - Port Moresby on delivery to Patair - August 23 - 24, 1961
Operated its first revenue service as a charter flight Port Moresby - Popondetta return - August 25, 1961
Transferred to Ansett Airlines of Papua New Guinea when Patair's operations were merged - November 16, 1970
The aircraft was not repainted into standard Ansett Airlines of Papua New Guinea livery
Registered to Ansett (P&NG) Ltd - July 01, 1972
Withdrawn from service at Madang - October 30, 1972
Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - October 30, 1972
Scrapped at Madang and the remains were used as harbour fill - December 29, 1978
VH-PNA. Papuan Airlines - in the standard livery at Sydney Bankstown Airport, August 1961.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0251-267.)
VH-PNA. Papuan Airlines - 'Mount Victoria' in the standard livery at an unknown airport, date unknown.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0250-495.)
VH-PNA. Papuan Airlines - 'Mount Victoria' in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, date unknown.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0250-323.)