Built by Douglas as C-47B-30-DK Dakota under U. S. Army contract AC535-AC-40652-2032 during 1945. Constructors Number 33096. Delivered to the U. S. Army on April 20, 1945 as USAAF serial number 44-76764. Flown overseas to Australia.
On May 2, 1945 delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Dakota serial number A65-94 to 3 Air Depot (3 AD). On May 9, 1945 assigned radio call sign VH-RFL.
During August 1951 with SAN at East Sale Airfield. During 1970 with Aircraft Research Development Unit (ARDU) at Laverton Field and registered as VM-HJV. In 1982 with ARDU Edinburgh.
On June 1, 2000 auction and purchased by Historical Aircraft Restoration Society (HARS). On July 21, 2000 registered on the Australian Civil Aircraft Register as VH-EAE. This Dakota retains the RAAF markings and "Historical Aircraft Restoration Society Inc." above the fuselage windows and a black strip below the windows. The tail was painted green with the ARDU logo, then overpainted with HARS logo.
ADF Serials - Dakota A65-95
HARS - Dakota A65-94
HARS - Dakota A65-94 Photo Gallery
Australian Civil Aircraft Register - C-47 Dakota VH-EAE lists as serial number 16348
- Douglas DC3 (aka C-47, Dakota, Skytrain, Gooney Bird)
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June 2, 2020