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
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.
BKD Early on in life when with NAC        © Marcus Bridle

Now with Mt. Cook Airlines        © Des White Collection

BKD at Wanaka circa 1968        © Kiwibeavers Archives

At Palmerston North shortly after being purchased by Fieldair in 1970       © Kiwibeavers Archives

Now converted to Topdressing as seen here at Gisborne 8th January 1973        © Don Noble

Loading at Gisborne with usual pilot Bruce Thompson 8th January 1973        © Don Noble

Parked at Gisborne 4th April 1980        © Don Noble

Graeme Foley loading Bruce Thompson in BKD at Gisborne 31st May 1980        © Don Noble

Bruce landing at Gisborne 14th February 1982        © Kiwibeavers Archives

Basil Martin piloting BKD at Gisborne 1982        © Graeme Mills

BKD photographed at Wairoa 1982 with Ray Misson        © Peter Lewis

Back in Gisborne January 1983        © Kiwibeavers Archives

"Stored" at Palmerston North, seen here in 1988        © Neville Worsley

At Hamish Ross' property opposite Rotorua Airport 1990        © Kiwibeavers Archives

Now positioned at Smash Palace, Gisborne 5th April 1993        © Kiwibeavers Archives

Changed colour scheme 29th April 2007        © Graeme Mills

Still at Smash Palace with a new scheme 30th September 2015        © Graeme Mills
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