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ZK-AOI
c/n 16966/34226       NZ3554       C-47B-45-DK        "Papua"                                                                                                      

Constructed as a C-47B-45-DK by Douglas at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA. Douglas C-47B-45-DK 16966              
New construction number, 34226, assigned to the airframe.               
Taken on Strength/Charge with the United States Army Air Force with s/n 45-963.             
Transferred to the Military Aircraft Storage and Disposal Center (MASDC) with inventory number NZ3554.

BOC 17/08/1945. To No.1 ASU Hamilton.  To 41 Squadron. To 40 Squadron. To Air Secretary, Air Department. Converted to DC3 Freighter by De
Havilland at Wellington 05 April 1947. SOC Harewood 31 May 1947. To NZNAC as ZK-AOI 20 June 1947. Withdrawn from service with NAC on 19
July 1966 with a total of 22,758 hours. To James Aviation 16 January 1967. Converted to topdresser. To Southern Air Super 11 May 1971. Written
off in accident near Clarence, South Island on 23 February 1973. Starboard wing separated. Registration cancelled 10 May 1973.
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ZK-APB
c/n 15945/32693       NZ3534     C-47B-25-DK        "Popotea"

Constructed as a C-47B-25-DK by Douglas at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA. Douglas C-47B-25-DK 15945                
New construction number, 32693, assigned to the airframe.                
Taken on Strength/Charge with the United States Army Air Force with s/n 44-76361.                
Transferred to the Military Aircraft Storage and Disposal Center (MASDC) with inventory number NZ3534.

BOC No.1 ASU Hamilton 07/03/1945. To No.41 Squadron, Whenuapai. Badly damaged at Morotai on 09 September 1945 when a USAAF B-24
taxied into NZ3534 and NZ3540. Repaired and remained with 41 Squadron as their first C-47 to be used in the air ambulance role. To 40 Squadron
19 June 1946. SOC Harewood 22 March 1947. To NZNAC as ZK-APB on 28 April 1947. Converted to DC3-D by ANA in Australia 06 September
1947. Withdrawn from service with NAC on 31 August 1965 with a total of 33,685 hours. To Airland (NZ) Ltd. 05 January 1966. Became Neville
Worsley's main DC3 mid to late 1970's. To Fieldair 20 February 1978. Withdrawn from use 16 November 1981 with a TTA of 41,588 hours and
registration cancelled 19 December 1983. To Wellington 06 March 1985 and used as a restaurant and bar at Miramar near Wellington. The aircraft
has since been dismantled and the nose section is now with the Sport and Vintage Aviation Society at Masterton
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ZK-APK
c/n 16967/34227      NZ3556        C-47B-45-DK        "Poaka"

Constructed as a C-47B-45-DK by Douglas at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA. Douglas C-47B-45-DK 16967               
New construction number, 34227, assigned to the airframe.             
Taken on Strength/Charge with the United States Army Air Force with s/n 45-964.                
Transferred to the Military Aircraft Storage and Disposal Center (MASDC) with inventory number NZ3556.

BOC No.1 ASU Hamilton. To No.40 Squadron, Whenuapai. To 41 Squadron January-June 1946. To 40 Squadron June 1946-May 1947. To Air
Secretary, Air Department as ZK-AOK 01 June 1947 but not taken up. Returned RNZAF as NZ3556 11 April 1947. To Air Secretary, Air Department
as ZK-APK on 06 May 1947. Converted to DC3-D by ANA in Australia 29 May 1947. SOC Harewood 31 May 1947. To NZNAC as ZK-APK on 20
June 1947. Withdrawn from service by NAC in 1962 with a total of 28,711 hours. Converted to DC3-D Skyliner "KAIKOHE" in Christchurch 28
August 1964. Leased to Fiji Airways as VQ-FAH from 22 May 1967-02 October 1967. Returned to NAC as ZK-APK 02 October 1967. To Airland (NZ)
on 11 June 1969 and converted to topdresser.  Flown by Bob Allen from the Napier base 19th October 1970 until November 1975. Bob Allen
trained/converted many Fieldair Pilots on the type in this DC3. Then flown by Harley Cadwallader and Mike Judd.To Fieldair 20 February 1978.
Withdrawn from use 03 July 1981. Registration cancelled 30 March 1984. Towed to Mangaweka 1986 and now in use as a tea room there. TTA
42,764 hours.
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ZK-AWO                                                                                                                     
c/n 16732/33480       NZ3548        C-47B-35-DK        "Putaitai"

Constructed as a C-47B-35-DK by Douglas at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA. Douglas C-47B-35-DK 16732                
New construction number, 33480, assigned to the airframe.                
Taken on Strength/Charge with the United States Army Air Force with s/n 44-77148.                
Transferred to the Military Aircraft Storage and Disposal Center (MASDC) with inventory number NZ3548.

BOC No.1 ASU Hamilton. To No.40 Squadron, Whenuapai. To 41 Squadron March 1946-July 1952. SOC 01 July 1952. To NZNAC as ZK-AWO on
11 July 1952. Converted to DC3-C in Palmerston North 03 November 1952. Converted to freighter in Christchurch 29 September 1958. Withdrawn
from NAC service on 05 September 1966 with a total of 24,109 hours. To Airland (NZ) on 12 April 1967. Converted to Topdresser. Flown by Bob
Allen from 11th November 1968 until 6th October 1970. To Fieldair 20 February 1978. Last topdressing Flight  01 March 1984. Registration
cancelled 29 May 1985. Aircraft TTA 32846 hours. Nose section preserved by C. Rudge, Christchurch and on display at Wanaka Transport
Museum.
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ZK-AWP
c/n 16387/33135       NZ3542        C-47B-30-DK        "Powhaitere"

Constructed as a C-47B-30-DK by Douglas at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA.                
New construction number, 33135, assigned to the airframe.                 
Circa 1944 Taken on Strength/Charge with the United States Army Air Force with s/n 44-76803.

BOC No.1 ASU Hamilton. To No.41 Squadron, Whenuapai. Used in Singapore between 1949 and 1951. SOC 03 July 1952. To NZNAC as ZK-AWP
on 03 July 1952. Converted to DC3-C at Palmerston North 23 March 1953. Converted to DC3-C Skyliner "KAITAIA" at Christchurch 09 May 1963.
Leased to Polynesian Airlines as 5W-FAI 02 February 1970. Returned to NAC as ZK-AWP on 08 June 1972 and was stored in the open stripped of
it's engines and control surfaces. Converted to topdresser by NAC in March 1973 and flew again on 25 July 1973. Commenced topdressing with
Southern Air Super 03 August 1973. To Fieldair 14 July 1975 as a result of company takeover. Withdrawn from use 27 May 1985 after 6722 hours
of topdressing and converted to freighter configuration with Classic Air Services in the latter half of 1986. To Fieldair Freight, Palmerston North
30 October 1986. Reconverted to passenger configuration in 1993 when the freight operation was wound up. To Alpine Fighter Collection,
Wanaka 27 August 1993 and leased to Classic Air from 11 March 1994. To Mackley Aviation, Auckland 14 December 1995. To NZ Aerial Mapping,
Albany, Auckland 28 August 1998. During a major overhaul in 1999 the aircraft was painted in an NAC Skyliner colour scheme. Leased to Pionair
Adventures, Christchurch from 05 July 2000. To Future Flight Ltd., Ardmore 21 December 2001. To Pionair Adventures Ltd, Christchurch 24 May
2002. Damaged in takeoff accident at Mount Cook 2002 when the aircraft slid off the runway. Repaired and back in service in Pionair colours.
Sold to Peau Vava'u Air, Tonga 2005. Laid idle in Tonga 2006-2009, purchased by Chathams Air Pacific and rebuilt to airworthy status January
2010. Amassed nearly 50,000 hours TTA. Returned to Auckland, N.Z. 23/12/2013 after serving in Tonga for nearly 4 years.
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ZK-AZA
c/n 15699/27144        NZ3531        C-47B-20-DK        "Parera"

Constructed as a C-47B-20-DK by Douglas at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA. Douglas C-47B-20-DK 15699                
New construction number, 27144, assigned to the airframe.                
Taken on Strength/Charge with the United States Army Air Force with s/n 43-49883.                
Transferred to the Military Aircraft Storage and Disposal Center (MASDC) with inventory number NZ3531.

BOC Unit 19 Whenuapai. To No.40 Squadron, Whenuapai. To storage 24 May 1946. SOC 31 May 1947. To NZNAC as ZK-AZA on 17 September
1951. Converted to DC3-C at Palmerston North 11 August 1952. Loaned to Fiji Airways as VQ-FAJ. Converted to DC3-C Skyliner "ROTORUA" at
Christchurch 06 September 1963. To NAC as ZK-AZA 06 September 1963. To Fiji Airways as VQ-FBF on 29 September 1967. To Air Pacific as
DQ-FBF on 31 July 1971. Fijian registration cancelled 31 October 1972. Restored to NAC as ZK-AZA 14 December 1972. Converted to topdresser
at Christchurch 06 March 1973. First load sown at Rotorua on the 3rd April 1973. Flown initially by Dave Starr then Les Marshall for James
Aviation. WFU 01 October 1979. To Dwen Airmotive 17 July 1983. Registration cancelled 11 October 1983. Broken up at Ardmore during
November 1983 and parts sent to Cook Islands for use in film production.
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ZK-AZL                                                                                                                                               
c/n 16568/33316        NZ3545        C-47B-35-DK

Constructed as a C-47B-35-DK by Douglas at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA. Douglas C-47B-35-DK 16568                
New construction number, 33316, assigned to the airframe.     
Circa 1944 Taken on Strength/Charge with the United States Army Air Force with s/n 44-76984.                
Transferred to the Military Aircraft Storage and Disposal Center (MASDC) with inventory number NZ3545.

BOC No.1 ASU Hamilton. To No.40 Squadron, Whenuapai. To 41 Squadron March 1946-April 1953. First RNZAF aircraft to fly from New Zealand to
the United Kingdom arriving there on 16 March 1947. Served in Singapore 1949-1951. Loaned to NZNAC as ZK-AZL 14 April 1953. Returned to
RNZAF for use during Royal Tour of NZ December 1953-January 1954. Sold to James Aviation 14 May 1954 and converted to aerial topdresser.
Dave Starr's last flight in this DC3 was on April 11 1974. Withdrawn from use 04 September 1974. Registration cancelled 06 June 1984. Presented
to Clydesdale Museum, Mystery Creek, Hamilton and presently on display in James Aviation topdresser colours. Repainted in 2012 in James
original colours and housed in an open hangar at Mystery Creek.
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ZK-BBJ
c/n 16962/34222         NZ3552        C-47B-45-DK        "Piripiri"                 

Constructed as a C-47B-45-DK by Douglas at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA. Douglas C-47B-45-DK 16962               
New construction number, 34222, assigned to the airframe.                
Taken on Strength/Charge with the United States Army Air Force with s/n 45-959.                
Transferred to the Military Aircraft Storage and Disposal Center (MASDC) with inventory number NZ3552.

BOC No.1 ASU Hamilton. To No.41 Squadron, Whenuapai. Served in Singapore with 41 Squadron 1950-1951. SOC 03 July 1952. To NZNAC as
ZK-BBJ on 15 July 1952. Converted to DC3-C at Palmerston North 06 June 1953. Converted to DC3-C Skyliner "GISBORNE" at Christchurch 17
March 1964. Leased to Alpine Helicopters 31 August 1970. To Fieldair 29 May 1972. The last of the DC-3 topdressers, it's last topdressing flight
was out of Gisborne, flown by Bruce Thompson on 5 May 1987. Bruce also flew the aircraft back to Palmerston North accompanied by Fieldair's
General Manager Bill Olsen. It was converted back to a Freighter, working for Speedlink Freight  from the 18th of November 1990. To North Shore
Helicopters 19 April 1993. Registration cancelled 14 September 1994 as withdrawn from use. Ferried from Auckland to Cambodia on 21 April 1994
to operate with a New Zealand company carrying out contracts in that country. Ferried to Kenya 1995. Now lying derelict at Mombasa, Kenya.
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ZK-BKD
c/n 13521                                DC-3C        "Kotare"        

Constructed as a C-47A-25-DK by Douglas at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA. Douglas C-47A-25-DK 13521                
Taken on Strength/Charge with the United States Army Air Force with s/n 42-93592.

The aircraft was delivered to the USAAF on June 6, 1944. After its war service, it was purchased by Australian National Airlines On Dec 17, 1945.
The aircraft came to New Zealand after being purchased by NAC and was registered on June 27, 1955, and operated as 'Kotare'. Sold to the Mt
Cook and Southern Lakes Tourist Company on October 25, 1961, it was the first of three DC-3s owned by the company. When the DC-3's were
phased out, BKD went back to NAC (July 3, 1970), but was sold onto Fieldair (July 13, 1970). The aircraft entered service on August 28, 1971 as
the first DC-3 to wear Fieldair titles. It was Bruce Thompson's main DC3 for most of the 1970's, being based in Gisborne. After being retired on
January 23, 1983 the aircraft was stored at Palmerston North. Acquired for a local museum, the aircraft was later moved to Rotorua for a
proposed museum there, and stored on land opposite the airport. The museum did not come to pass (Hamish Ross, the owner having been
killed in a topdressing accident), and the aircraft was subsequently transported to Gisborne where it is now positioned on poles at The Smash
Palace Wine Bar.
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ZK-BYF                                                                                                                      
c/n 20051                                 DC-3         

Constructed as a C-47A-85-DL by Douglas at Long Beach, California, USA.            
Circa 1943 Taken on Strength/Charge with the United States Army Air Force with s/n 43-15585.

Built in 1943 and delivered on April 12, 1944, this aircraft served with the US military before being registered NC65393 andsold to Trans Pacific
Airlines in 1953, then Aloha Airlines in November 1958. Brought to New Zealand on December 4 1960 and registered on February 23 1961 to Rural
Aviation, the aircraft was converted for ag-work in Hong Kong (to James Aviation plans) and brought back to New Zealand on March 4 1961.
They passed it to Airland on August 25 1966 , it was later passed to Fieldair at Palmerston North on February 20 1978. Named 'Kotuku' the aircraft
worked as a top-dresser until flown by Mike Cronin back to Palmerston North on January 20 1981, it's final flight with a total of 34,891 hours.
Purchased in 1982 by John Regan, the aircraft was transported by road to Lower Hutt where work on restoring the aircraft to wartime
configuration was started by the Silverstream Aeronautical Society. In 1992 the aircraft was transported again by road to Ohakea where further
restoration work was completed. The aircraft was painted as NZ3547 (actually sold to South Africa) and displayed on loan outside the Museum
as a 42 SQN aircraft as seen during the 1960s and 70s. In 1998 this aircraft was removed from display as it had been put up for sale. Purchased
by the Gisborne Aviation Preservation Society (GAPS), it was moved by road to its new home during May 20-22, 2000. The aircraft is currently on
display at Gisborne airfield at the GAPS facility.
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ZK-CAW
c/n 18923                              C47A-65-DL        "George Bolt"       

Manufactured by Douglas Aircraft Corporation at Long Beach in California and rolled off the production line on 1/10/1943.
Constructed as a C-47A-65-DL     
Taken on Strength/Charge with the United States Army Air Force with s/n 42-100460.

Delivered to the USAAF on Oct 15, 1943, the aircraft was later sent to Australia and for a time loaned to the RAAF. Became VH-ANM with
Australian National Airlines on February 6 1947. Passed through three other Australian Airlines (Queensland Airlines, February, 4 1956;
Ansett-ANA, December 7, 1958 who converted it to viewmaster standard; and Airlines of New South Wales, February 14, 1961) before being sold
to SPANZ in September 1961. It was registered as ZK-CAW on October 13,1961. Imported to New Zealand, the aircraft was operated by SPANZ as
'George Bolt'. After the collapse of SPANZ, the aircraft passed to NAC on February 28, 1966. The aircraft was subsequently leased to Fiji airways
until Aug 5, 1969, after which it was leased to Mt Cook Airlines. When surplus to requirements, the aircraft was stored in Christchurch, after which
it passed to South Seas Airways sometime before it was registered on May 7, 1971. As the charter company could not get an operating license,
and the aircraft required overhaul, it almost immediately (May 13) went to Fieldair. After conversion, it began ag-work on November 22, 1972
named 'Whio', and went on to complete 6,286 hours in the role. The aircraft's last topdressing flight was on October 29, 1984, out of Gisborne,
flown by Basil Martin, having completed 56,282 hours.
Sold to Richmond Harding of Wanganui Aero Work on May 28, 1985, the aircraft was towed to Wanganui where it was proposed to restore the
aircraft to airworthiness in passenger configuration. Prohibitive costs meant the plan was abandoned, and in 1989 the aircraft was towed to
Taupo where the aircraft was refurbished, fitted with viewmaster style windows and painted. The registration was cancelled on July 10, 1990. The
aircraft was then displayed in Taupo as a feature of the Aeroplane Car Company's caryard. On November 6, 1990 the aircraft again went into
service, this time as an extension of the MacDonalds restaurant next door.
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ZK-CHV
c/n 17093/34360                                C-47B-50-DK     

Constructed as a C-47B-50-DK by Douglas at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA. Douglas C-47B-50-DK 17093               
New construction number, 34360, assigned to the airframe.                
Taken on Strength/Charge with the United States Army Air Force with s/n 45-1090.

Delivered to the USAAF on Oct 5 1945. Later modified as an SC-47. Registered N87672 to Aero American Corp of Arizona in 1961, who sold the
aircraft to Airland in June 1964. The aircraft was flown to Christchurch for ag-conversion by NAC and was test flown there by Bob Allen on
September 21, 1964. Bob flew CHV to Napier via Palmerston North 2 days later. It was entered on the New Zealand register on September 22,
1964.
It's first topdressing job was out of Napier on the 27th to the farm owned by the Clarry family. Bob Cranston flew this DC3 out of Masterton in the
mid 1970's. It was unique in that it had extra fuel tanks in the wings and other USAAF modifications. The aircraft passed to Fieldair on February
20, 1978. Withdrawn from use on March 29, 1979, flown by Mike Cronin back to Palmerston North and having completed 18,395 hours (8,962
hours as a topdresser). The aircraft was reduced to spares by Fieldair at Palmerston North. The derelict fuselage is reported to still be there for
use by the rescue service.
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ZK-CQA
c/n 14585/26030                                         C47B-5-DK         

Constructed as a C-47B-5-DK by Douglas at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA. Douglas C-47B-5-DK 14585                
New construction number, 26030, assigned to the airframe.                
Taken on Strength/Charge with the United States Army Air Force with s/n 43-48769.

Delivered to the USAAF in September 1944. Later modified as an SC-47. Registered to Aero American Corp of Arizona in 1961 as N87655, who
sold the aircraft to James Aviation in March 1966. The aircraft was flown to Christchurch for ag-conversion by NAC. Registered on March 25,
1966, it entered service as James Aviation's second Ag-Dak. First flight was in April 1966 at Kaikohe, by Reg Plane. It was mainly based at
Ardmore. Gerry Kluck spent some time flying this DC3.
In June 1970 the aircraft was prepared for a COA overhaul at Rukuhia and found to be in a poor state. It was subsequently sold to Fieldair on an
'as is' basis on August 25, 1970. It was based at Gisborne with Fieldair and flown by a number of pilots including Bill Olsen, Bruce Thompson,
Charlie Down and Basil Martin. The aircraft was withdrawn from use on July 8, 1975, and the registration cancelled on March 11, 1977. The
aircraft was reduced to spares by Fieldair at Palmerston North. The fuselage was given to the Rescue Fire service at Palmerston North. The
remains of the fuselage are reported to be at Ohakea.


Thanks to Phil Treweek, John Andrade, Roy Blewett, Ruud Leeuw, Warwick Blake, Jane Provan and Peter Layne for this info

http://www.adf-serials.com/nz-serials/nz3501.shtml

http://www.kiwiaircraftimages.com/
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5 Dakotas at Palmerston North
5th February 1971. CAW is on
the far right undergoing
conversion to topdressing.
© Dave Marshall

Anyone help with identifying the
other 4?
A more detailed history of CAW
can be found here:
CAW History by Gil White