Constructed as a C-47B-50-DK by Douglas at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA. Douglas C-47B-50-DK 17093
New construction number, 34360, assigned to the airframe.
Taken on Strength/Charge with the United States Army Air Force with s/n 45-1090.
Delivered to the USAAF on Oct 5 1945. Later modified as an SC-47. Registered N87672 to Aero American Corp of Arizona in 1961,
who sold the aircraft to Airland in June 1964.
The aircraft was flown to Christchurch for ag-conversion by NAC and was test flown there by Bob Allen on September 21, 1964.
Bob flew CHV to Napier via Palmerston North 2 days later. It was entered on the New Zealand register on September 22, 1964.
It's first topdressing job was out of Napier on the 27th to the farm owned by the Clarry family. Bob Cranston flew this DC3 out of
Masterton in the mid 1970's.
It was unique in that it had extra fuel tanks in the wings and other USAAF modifications. The aircraft passed to Fieldair on 20th
February, 1978. Withdrawn from use on March 29, 1979, having completed 18,395 hours (8,962 hours as a topdresser). The aircraft
was reduced to spares by Fieldair at Palmerston North. The derelict fuselage is reported to still be there for use by the rescue
CHV undergoing conversion to topdressing at NAC's facility at Christchurch 10th July 1964 © Archives
CHV seemingly receiving it's paint job at Harewood 1964 © Peter Lewis via Allan Wooller
A clipping showing CHV working off Wanganui Airport August 1965 © Unknown Source
Now at work at Napier with pilot Bob Allen 10th January 1966 © Peter Lewis
CHV in colour at New Plymouth 8th March 1969 © Don Noble
Working from Paraparaumu Airport 3rd August 1969 © Don Noble
Working off Paraparaumu Airport 3rd August 1969. Pilot possibly Don Clow © Don Noble
Now in Airland's other scheme at Milson 2nd January 1970 © Don Noble
CHV pictured at Masterton 1976 © John Anderson
Again at Masterton now with Fieldair colour scheme 9th April 1977 © Don Noble
Loading at Masterton with pilot Bob Cranston © Bob Cranston
Taking off from Masterton over Manaia Road with Bob Cranston © Bob Cranston
Working near Masterton © Bob Cranston
Again at Masterton amongst parachutists © Ron Burnett
Now at Gisborne when flown by Bill Luther 7th January 1979 © Don Noble
10 years later at Milson being used for fire practice. Note the USAAF insignia © Marcus Bridle