VH-EAN  Douglas DC-3CS1C3G                                (c/n  12187)


                                              VH-EAN was a former RAF C-47A-1-DK Skytrain (FZ631) which had been operated in the
                                              South East Asian theater.  In 1949 it was released from military duties and joined Qantas. It was
                                              re-registered VH-EBF in 1956 (this shot was taken at Mascot in 1954) to allow the marks to be
                                              used by a new Lockheed L-1049H.    Further re-registration then saw it as VH-EBU before it
                                              was sold to Trans Australia Airlines' Sunbird operation in New Guinea as VH-SBD.   With the
                                              independence of PNG it became P2-SBD and then P2-ANO with Air Nuigini.   It finally wound
                                              up as the gate guardian to Cairns Airport in Queensland wearing the fake registration "VH-BPA"
                                              in honor of Bush Pilots Airways.  It is seen in that guise in the shot below from the Ken Watson
                                              collection who advises that it has now been removed and scrapped.