VH-ANI Douglas DC-3G202A 'Kabana"
ship to VH-ANH.
Was to have been NC33656. Became C-50-DO 41-7697 with
USAAF, then VHCDK with the RAAF (nose names 'Laka Nookie'; later
with modified call sign VH-CDK with ANA and Guinea Airways under ADAT
Civilianized in 1946 as
VH-ANI. It was later used only on
freight services. Interestingly, ANA
freighters were never
white topped. Clearly it was
deemed that the freight did not require
protection from the fierce
Australian sun (but what
about the pilots?). In 1955 ANA sold it to
Zealand National Airways Corp as
ZK-BKE who flew it for a dozen years on freight services.
It was sold in
Laos in 1968 to Lao
Airlines as XW-TDD. It finally was written off when flying as
for Lanexang Airlines, (operated by
Khemara Air Transport) in a crash at Takeo on
My shot above at Essendon in 1953.