About This File
This folder contains a repaint for the Douglas C-54 / DC-4 by Flight Replicas. It shows Douglas DC-4 VH-PAF in the colors of Pacific Air Freighters.
VH-Paf was originally delivered new to the USAAF as 44-9126 on May 14, 1945. It transferred to the USAF in 1947 and was Withdrawn from service and stored at Davis Montahan, Arizona - December 1971. She was sold to Dross Metals in 1975 and entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N9013V.She then flew for several companies in the US until she was seized by Bahamas authorities for alleged smuggling activities in April 1981. She was sold again, among others flying for Lynch Air Tankers Inc, Billings, Montana between 1984 and 1995 as 'City of Billings'.
She then went to Australia with Pacific Air Freighters Pty Ltd, arriving in Cairns on completion of the ferry flight to Australia in June 1995.
The ferry route was Chino - Hilo - Majuro - Honiara - Cairns, the first leg of this ferry flight took 14 hours. On arrival at Majuro some problems associated with Number 2 engine were worked on before departing for Honiara. During this leg Number 2 engine began to play up so it was shut down in flight. As the problem could not be rectified it was decided to carry on to Cairns as planned on three engines. She was ferried Cairns - Brisbane (Archerfield) on three engines in june 1995 and entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-PAF on January 31, 1996
She commenced long term contract with Goroka Air Service, Papua New Guinea - October 14, 1996. Returned to Brisbane after 3 months and placed in open storage and sold at auction to Airfreighters International P/L - May 22, 1997. Services were flown under the name of Pacific Air Freighters. Chartered by Ansett Australia Cargo for service Brisbane - Darwin - September 15, 2000. She was then sold to Historical Aviation Restoration Society Inc and ferried to Brisbane - Albion Park Regional Airport, where she was reregistered as VH-EAY - June 23, 2008. At present, she is undergoing complete overhaul for return to airworthy condition.
A repaint by Jan Kees Blom, based on the paintkit by Flight Replicas.