VH-EAQ (1) Douglas
VH-EAQ was a
lend-lease ex C-47A-1-DK 42-92197, acquired by the RAAF in 1943 as
A65-22 with radio call sign VHCTV.
It was sold to Qantas in June 1949 and used in their
Papua/New Guinea services. It was
later converted to a sprayer by fitting 720 gal capacity
insecticide tanks in
the fuselage. The above shot, from the Barrie Colledge
taken at Mildura Airport in 1950 whilst it was undergoing grasshopper
spraying trials. In Sept
1960 it was sold to Trans Australia Airlines for their New Guinea
Sunbird services and re-
In July 1962 it was leased to the Royal
Netherlands East Indies Air Force
for six years where its identity was X-18. At the end of
the lease it was sold in the US as N370.
cancelled from the Australian register in November 1968. In
1977 it was re-registered
N7302 and in
1979 went to Commercials Air Freight. It was damaged beyond
repair at Oaxaca,
on 11 December 1979 although its registration not not actually expire
until June 2011.