sister aircraft VH-PNA, this DC-3 was a rather "late Model" as DC-3s
go, although it
to Patair via a much different route. . It was a former
USAAF C-47B-15-DK with serial
43-49528 and was acquired by TPA Aloha Airlines of Hawaii as N62803
in November 1958.
It was sold to Patair in July 1961. It was later leased to Trans
Australia Airlines' for their Sunbird
Services in New Guinea and made an emergency return
to Madang, on 11 April 1972, where it
runway 25, into the sea. No hydraulics, no brakes,
no steering. It then sat in
TAA hangar for a year, then taken to the fire practice
area. It was finally destroyed in 1973.
At the time the registered owner was
Ansett Airlines of Papua/New Guinea. The above photo-
graph, from John Hopton was
taken ar Port Moresby on Christmas Day, 1964, whilst the color
at Bankstown is from the Ben Dannecker collection.