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.