This excellent Jim Dyson shot (courtesy David Molesworth)
represents the anthesis of the
entry (ZK-AOE). This aircraft had been nicely groomed to full
(except for the retention of the freight door), and stands
awaiting pax at Auckland in the
1950s. This aircraft was an ex C-47B-30-DK (44-76567) and served
with the RNZAF
NZ3539. It was leased to Polynesian Airlines in the early 1970s
becoming VQ-FBJ, then
before returning to New Zealand, when it was put back into service by
a short lived
air mail route from Christchurch to Timaru and Oamaru . It then
Australia and was sold from there onto the US register as N99435.
After many different
it was last seen
languishing (and derelict) on the Dutch Antilles island of Aruba.
reported to have been dumped into the sea off the island.