NZNAC DC-3s were, by and large,
tough to photograph. For some reason they were not
particularly photogenic. Even James Dyson (who
was a pretty good photographer) had a problem
with this shot (presented here courtesy of David Molesworth) insofar as
the sun has obliterated
the cabin titling. My
own shot below is unsharp and lacks contrast. Anyway,
a slightly earlier aircraft than
its sister machine ZK-AWO, having been built as a C-47B-30-DK
with serial number 44-76803.
It was assigned to the RNZAF becoming NZ3543. Civilianed in
1953, it passed to NZNAC who named it
'Pawahitere'. Later in its career it was renamed 'Skyliner
Kataia'. In 1970
ZK-AWP was sold to Polynesian Airlines and re-registered 5W-FAI.
years the aircraft was repatriated back to New Zealand. and, after a
varied further career as a top-
dresser and a freighter it has now been restored to
its former glory by Flight 2000 Ltd dressed up
in NAC Skyliner livery. A runway mishap in
2002 may have put it out of commission for a while.
Ivan Prince has a nice
contemporary shot of it at: