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 Withdrawn from service by NAC in 1962 with a total of 28,711 hours.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 Withdrawn from use 03 July 1981.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.