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 Withdrawn from service with NAC on 31 August 1965 with a total of 33,685 hours.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Withdrawn from use 16 November 1981 with a TTA of 41,588 hours and registration cancelled 19 December 1983. The nose section
went to Wellington 06 March 1985 and used as a restaurant and bar at Miramar. It then went to the Sport and Vintage Aviation
Society at Masterton. It has since been purchased by Athol Murray and resides in Cromwell.