Douglas DC-3 VH-DMV
Title: Department of Civil Aviation AustraliaTitle: Airways Survey FlightDCA Flying Unit logo - click here for more

VH-DMV was built as a C-47A-30-DK (c/n 25495, correcting duplicated 14050). The aircraft saw service with the USAAF as 43-48234. It was acquired by DCA in Manila from the US government in March 1947 and refurbished as a civil DC-3 and airways survey aircraft by Butler Air Transport, Mascot, the Certificate of Registration as VH-DMV being issued on 6 October 1947. Following the change in DCA registration policy, the aircraft was re-registerered as VH-CAO in February 1951. VH-DMV was based at the DCA Flying Unit's Melbourne/Essendon headquarters throughout its career with the Department.

Although of poor quality, the photo above is of considerable interest due to the 'Department of Civil Aviation Australia' title on the fuselage above the windows, the barely-legible title 'Airways Survey Flight' under the windows, and the DCA badge on the fin. It was taken at Essendon in April 1949.

(Photo: The Collection - p1789-1949)


The photo of VH-DMV above was taken at Sydney/Mascot c.1950. It is from a slightly later period and the fuselage titling has been removed. In the background a DC4 Skymaster can just be seen.

(Photo: Ed Coates collection)

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