The above photograph of ZK-APK is
rare in that it shows the aircraft in 1947 as it was when just
released from its RNZAF duties as NZ3556. It was then converted
to full civilian standard by ANA
Melbourne. The lower shot shows it in standard early 1950s
livery. Note substitution of military
freight door with the rounded civilian one. New Zealand National
operated it until 1962 when it was
converted to DC3-D Skyliner status as "Kaikohe" in Christchurch in
1964. It was leased to Fiji
as VQ-FAH from May to October of 1967. Returning to New
Zealand it went back to
for a period and was then sold to Airland (NZ) in 1969 and was
converted to a topdresser.
to Fieldair in 1978, and was finally withdrawn from use in 1981.
It wound up as a tea room
Rangitikei River Adventures in Mangaweka.