VH-SMI (1)   Douglas DC-3CS1C3G                                (c/n  13459)


                                  This was the ex RAF Dakota KG647.  In 1946 it was originally leased to BOAC as G-AIAZ, but
                                  later, in September of that year sold to John Fairfax & Son Pty Ltd of Sydney as VH-SMI and
                                  used to deliver Sydney Morning Herald  newspapers to outlying NSW towns.  Withdrawn from
                                  this operation in 1952 it was later sold to the Commonwealth Government Bureau of Mineral
                                  Resources in 1953 and re-registered VH-MIN in December 1954.  It is seen above at Mascot
                                  in 1948 in this photo from the John Hopton collection.