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 Withdrawn from service with NAC on 19 July 1966 with a total of 22,758 hours.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. Don Thorp fatally injured. Registration
cancelled 10 May 1973.
AOI at Christchurch April 1947 © Peter Lewis
AOI at Rongotai 1962 © Allan Wooller / Peter Lewis
AOI loading at Ardmore 1st April 1967 when with James Aviation © Don Noble
AOI at Rukuhia 1968 © Allan Wooller / Peter Lewis
AOI at Palmerston North 24th December 1971 © Don Noble