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No. 35 Squadron
No. 33 Squadron
No. 38 Squadron
No. 86(T) Squadron
Qantas Empire Airways
Built by Douglas as a DC-3A-456. Constructor Number 9999. This aircraft had a 24-volt electrical system and hot-air heating with R1830-92 engines with wide blade propellers per specification number 6477A-0 with governor specification number 4GB-615D. Ordered under Contract W535-AC-20669S-2. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as C-47A-50-DL Skytrain serial number 42-24138. Ferried overseas via Hickam Field then across the Pacific to Australia.
On August 23, 1943, assigned to the Royal Australian Ar Force (RAAF) as C-47A Dakota serial number A65-18. Call Sign VH-CTR. Initially, this aircraft was received by 3 Air Depot (3 AD). On September 7, 1943 assigned to No. 35 Squadron. On September 26, 1943 assigned to No. 33 Squadron. On April 4, 1944 assigned to 7 Air Depot (7 AD) for servicing. On May 23, 1944 returned to No. 35 Squadron until the end of the Pacific War and World War II.
On October 7, 1945 assigned to Australian National Airways (ANA). On April 12, 1946 returned to 1 Air Depot (1 AD) at Parafield Airfield. On July 4, 1946 assigned to 3 Air Depot (3 AD). On August 23, 1946 assigned to No. 38 Squadron. On April 8, 1947 assigned to Department of Aircraft Production (DAP) at Parafield Airfield. On July 17, 1947 assigned to No. 86 Training Wing until Call Sign VH-CTR was canceled. Finally on March 2, 1948 assigned to 2 Air Depot (2 AD).
On May 31, 1948 transfered to Qantas and registered in Australia as VH-EBE. This aircraft was converted to a DC-3 civilian configuration. On August 4, 1948 sold to Qantas for £6250.
On September 1, 1960 sold to Trans Australian Airlines (TAA) and registered as VH-EBT. Nicknamed "Cape Hoskins" for Cape Hoskins and operated in Papua New Guinea (PNG) as a civilian airliner. On December 8, 1960 registered as VH-SBB.
On September 14, 1973 acquired by Air Niugini. On June 2, 1974 registered in Papua New Guinea (PNG) as P2-SBB. On November 6, 1975 registered as P2-ANN. On July 31, 1977 withdraw from service.
On March 13, 1980 insured by Insured Aircraft Title Service in the United States and registered as N5590K. This aircraft was used for Red Cross work in Thailand by Bush Pilots Airways until October 1981. Afterwards, returned to Jackson Airport near Port Moresby and used for spare parts, removing both engines and the instruments.
This aircraft is stored at the northern end of Jackson Airport near the entrance to the Papua New Guinea Defense Force (PNGDF) area. To the southeast is a fire training aid, a metal tube shaped like a fuselage for fire fighter training purposes.
As of 2000, the former Air Niugini markings and registration P2-ANN are still visible on the exterior. The engines were removed and all instruments removed from the cockpit. During the 2000's this aircraft was moved slightly as the area was graded and developed.
Between late March 2015 to the middle of September 2015, the left tail stabilizer was removed for unknown reasons (location unknown). By April 2018, the area was redeveloped and two former Air Niugini Fokker F-28 aircraft: F-28 P2-ANR and F-28 P2-ANS were placed on each side of the C-47 to create an aircraft display area visible from the nearby road or by aircraft taxing or landing at Jackson Airport.
USAF Serial Number Search Results - C-47A-50-DL Skytrain 42-24138
"24138 (MSN 10000) to RAAF as A65-18 (VH-CTR) Aug 23, 1943. 35 Sq - 33 Sq - 38 Sq - 86(T) Wg - VH-EBE Qantas delivered Mar 31, 1948 - NH-EBT Rr 24Jan59 - Trans Australian A/L 01Sep60 - VH-SBB TAA of NG "Cape Hoskins" reregistered Dec 1960 - Air Niugini Sep 14, 1973 - P2-SBB reregistered Jun 2, 1974 - P2-ANN reregistered Nov 6,1975 - wfu Jul 31, 1977 - Stored Pt Moresby Oct 1979."
ADF Serials - Dakota A65-18
Aerial Visuals Airplane Dossier - C-47A A65-18 Constructors Number 10000 Last Civil Registration N5590K
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