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 and converted to topdressing. Flown out of Wairoa for many years by Ray Misson.
The last of the DC-3 topdressers, it's last topdressing flight was out of Gisborne, flown by Bruce Thompson on 5 May 1987.                
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Registration cancelled 14 September 1994 as withdrawn from use.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 as noted there by John Platt in 2006.
BBJ noted here at Invercargill in 1956 when with NAC        © Unknown Photographer - Archives




BBJ pictured here at Gisborne 23rd April 1964 with Mayor Harry Barker far left        © Gisborne Photo News





Still with NAC here at Auckland 28th November 1967        © Peter Lewis





BBJ when leased out to Alpine Helicopters 1971        © Unknown Photographer - Archives





Now a Topdresser as seen here at home base, Wairoa 5th January 1976        © Don Noble





And a year later in the same spot 9th April 1977        © Don Noble





Loading at Gisborne 1985 with pilot Bruce Thompson        © Graeme Mills





Bruce Thompson demonstrating a one engine fly-past at Ardmore March 1986        © Glenn Thompson





Taken at the same time by Dave Starr        © Dave Starr





Parked after the above display at Ardmore        © Unknown Photographer - Archives





Overhead Gisborne Airport 1986        © Unknown Photographer - Archives





Loading at Gisborne 1986        © Lou Forhecz





Loading in the opposite direction at Gisborne         © Trevor Scott





A few pics taken on the last day used as a Topdresser at Gisborne 5th May 1987        © Ernie Tait





DC3 Loader Operator Graeme Foley (left) with Bruce Thompson        © Ernie Tait





Graeme & Bruce again at the loading area 5th May 1987        © Ernie Tait





Sowing a load on it's last job at Wyangala Station        © Ernie Tait





Sowing a load on it's last job at Wyangala Station        © Ernie Tait











Now converted to a Freighter as seen here at Wellington late 1980's        © Unknown Photographer





Palmerston North 1990        © Unknown Photographer





Landing at Wellington April 1991        © Allan Wooller via Peter Lewis





Now in Cambodia 19th March 1994        © Unknown Photographer  -  Bruce ??





Pictured here in Mogidishu 1994        © Unknown Photographer - Bruce ??





Bruce  ?? pictured with BBJ in Mogidishu 1994        © Bruce ? ?





BBJ now in Mombassa, Kenya with an engine missing 1998       © John Platt ? ?





BBJ now in Mombassa, Kenya with an engine missing  1998      © John Platt ? ?





BBJ now in Mombassa, Kenya with an engine missing 1998       © John Platt ? ?





BBJ now in Mombassa, Kenya with an engine missing  1998      © John Platt ? ?





BBJ in Mombassa, Kenya in a sad state 2006       © John Platt





BBJ in Mombassa, Kenya in a sad state 2006       © John Platt
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