VH-MMD. Douglas C-47B-35-DK. c/n 16553-33301.

 

Construction of this aircraft was completed at the Douglas Oklahoma City plant - May 1945

First flown - May 1945

Delivered to the U.S.A.A.F. as a Douglas C-47B-35-DK - May 19, 1945

Allocated the U. S. serial number 44-76969

Allocated to the Royal Australian Air Force under the Lend - Lease program - May 31, 1945

Received at 3 Aircraft Depot, Brisbane - June 05, 1945

Allocated the R.A.A.F. serial number 'A65-109' with the radio call-sign 'VHRGX'

The R.A.A.F. serial number was applied to the aircraft - June 06, 1945

AN / APN9 LORAN equipment was also fitted to the aircraft

Allocated to No. 1 CU - June 11, 1945

It is believed that the aircraft was damaged at Guildford, Perth soon afterwards

Allocated to No. 111 Air-Sea Rescue flight for use by the GOC 8th Military Districr - February 27, 1946

Allocated to No. 36 Squadron for special duties - May 31, 1946

Allocated to No. 38 Squadron (86 Transport Wing) via Parafield - October 28, 1946

The airframe was stripped of camouflage paint, polished and fitted with 12 passenger seats

Returned to 86 Transport Wing - February 05, 1947

Allocated to 91 Transport Wing - November 03, 1950

Allocated to 86 Transport Wing - May 17, 1951

Allocated to 90 Transport Wing, Malaya to replace Dakota A65-102 - August 16, 1952

Allocated to 86 Transport Wing - December 05, 1952

Allocated to Base Squadron, Darwin to replace Dakota A65-69 - August 09, 1954

Received at No. 2 Aircraft Depot - February 12, 1958

Aircraft was deemed to be surplus to requirments and was struck-off-charge - May 27, 1958

All radio equipment was removed prior to the aircraft being offered for sale - June 09, 1958

Allocated to the Commonwealth Disposal Commission for sale by tender - June 16, 1958

Sold to the Commercial Aviation Company - June 1958

Ferried R.A.A.F. Pearce - Perth Airport by a R.A.A.F. crew - June 28, 1958

The aircraft had flown 4,657 hours to date

Had been converted to Douglas DC-3C-S1C3G civil standard by MMA at Perth Airport - October 08, 1958

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-MMD (CofR 2521) - October 08, 1958

Registered to Commercial Aviation Co, Guildford, Western Australia

Leased to Mac.Robertson Miller Airlines as the registered operator

The aircraft was named 'RMA Durack'

Operated the inaugural 'Explorer Tours of Western Australia and Northern Territory' - June 11, 1962

Registered to Mac.Robertson Miller Airlines - December 22, 1966

Withdrawn from service at Perth Airport - January 31, 1969

Aircraft had flown 27,668 hours to date

Repainted in Ansett Airlines of Papua New Guinea livery at Perth Airport

Sold to Ansett Airlines of Papua New Guinea - February 10, 1969

Departed Perth on the ferry flight to New Guinea - February 10, 1969

Ferry route: Perth - Forrest - Whyalla - Broken Hill - Rockhampton - Cairns - Port Moresby - Lae

Registered to Ansett (P&NG) Ltd - May 23, 1973

Sold to Air Niugini - November 01, 1973

Registered to Papua New Guinea National Airline, Port Morseby - February 18, 1974

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - June 01, 1974

Entered onto the Papua New Guinea Aircraft Register as P2-MMD - June 01, 1974

Registered to Papua New Guinea National Airline, Port Morseby

Reregistered as P2-ANU - December 03, 1975

Withdrawn from service at Port Moresby - June 28, 1977

Sold to Travmar Holdings Pty Ltd, Mascot

Repainted into the Travmar livery at Port Morseby

Ferried Port Moresby - Sydney (Bankstown) on delivery to Travmar - July 22, 1977

Cancelled from the Papua New Guinea Aircraft Register - July 27, 1977

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-MMD - August 12, 1977

Registered to Travmar Holdings Pty Ltd, Mascot

Operated first charter service - August 20, 1977

The aircraft was grounded at Sydney (Bankstown) when Travmar ceased operations due to financial difficulties - ?

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - July 10, 1980

The aircraft had flown 35,374:03 hours to date

This aircraft along with Douglas DC-3 VH-SBO was sold to Setair - November 1982

The aircraft remained stored at Sydney (Bankstown) Airport

Setair ceased trading - April 1983

Sold to the National War Museum by the receivers of Travmar - June 25, 1984

Exchanged for a Hawker Sea Fury held by the Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Sydney - August 16, 1984

Transported by road by the R.A.A.F to the Power House Castle Hill depot - December 09, 1984

On loan to the Australian Aviation Museum, Bankstown in the basic Travmar livery - December 18, 1999

Observed stored at Sydney (Bankstown) Airport - December 03, 2003

Observed undergoing slow restoration at Bankstown Airport - 2007

 

VH-MMD. MMA Mac.Robertson Miller Airlines - 'RMA Durack' in the standard livery at Perth Airport, January 1969.

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VH-MMD. MMA Mac.Robertson Miller Airlines - 'RMA Durack' in the standard livery at Perth Airport, date unknown.

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VH-MMD. MMA Mac.Robertson Miller Airlines - 'RMA Durack' in the standard livery at Perth Airport, date unknown.

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VH-MMD. MMA Mac.Robertson Miller Airlines - 'RMA Durack' in the standard livery at Perth Airport, date unknown.

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VH-MMD. Ansett Airlines of Papua New Guinea - in the standard 'delta' livery at Rabaul Airport, April 24, 1973.

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VH-MMD. Ansett Airlines of Papua New Guinea - in the standard 'delta' livery at an unknown airport, August 1973.

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VH-MMD. Ansett Airlines of Papua New Guinea - in a modified livery at an unknown airport, date unknown.

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P2-MMD. Air Niugini - in the standard livery at Lae Airport, August 27, 1975.

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VH-MMD. Travmar - in the modified Air Niugini livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, September 1977.

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VH-MMD. Travmar - in the modified Air Niugini livery at Canberra Airport, November 05, 1977.

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VH-MMD. Travmar - in the modified Air Niugini livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, December 27, 1978.

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VH-MMD. Travmar - in the modified Air Niugini livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, December 27, 1978.

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VH-MMD. Travmar - in the modified Air Niugini livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, December 27, 1978.

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VH-MMD. Travmar - in the modified Air Niugini livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, December 27, 1978.

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VH-MMD. Travmar - in the modified Air Niugini livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, December 27, 1978.

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VH-MMD. Travmar - in the modified Air Niugini livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, December 27, 1978.

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VH-MMD. Travmar - in the modified Air Niugini livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, December 27, 1978.

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VH-MMD. Travmar - in the modified Air Niugini livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, December 27, 1978.

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VH-MMD. Travmar - in the modified Air Niugini livery at Canberra Airport, January 21, 1979.

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VH-MMD. Travmar - in the modified Air Niugini livery at West Maitland Airport, April 1979.

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VH-MMD. Travmar - in the final livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, July 1979.

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VH-MMD. Travmar - in the final livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, August 16, 1979.

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VH-MMD. Travmar - in the final livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, August 16, 1979.

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VH-MMD. Travmar - in the final livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, August 16, 1979.

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VH-MMD. Travmar - in the final livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, August 20, 1979.

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VH-MMD. Travmar - in the final livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, August 20, 1979.

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VH-MMD. Travmar - in the final livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, September 1979.

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VH-MMD. Travmar - in the final livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, September 1979.

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VH-MMD. Travmar - in the final livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, December 1979.

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VH-MMD. Travmar - in the final livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, December 1979.

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VH-MMD. Travmar - in the final livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, December 15, 1979.

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VH-MMD. Travmar - in the final livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1980.

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VH-MMD. Travmar - in the final livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1980.

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VH-MMD. Travmar - in the final livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1980.

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VH-MMD. Travmar - in the final livery at West Maitland Airport, date unknown.

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VH-MMD. Travmar - in the final livery at Sydney Bankstown Airport, January 04, 1980.

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VH-MMD. Travmar - in the final livery at Sydney Bankstown Airport, November 1980.

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VH-MMD. Travmar - in the final livery at Sydney Bankstown Airport, August 291981.

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VH-MMD. Travmar - in the final livery at Sydney Bankstown Airport, date unknown.

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