Asia and Pacific
Would welcome an update (identity) of this one: a Beech D18S, probably c/n A-72, currently (2017?) at the Mayfair Hotel & Restaurant, Bhubaneswar, India. A.k.a. 'Mayfair Convention'.
The military profile is well present in South Korea and many a (military) transport is preserved off-airport. Some have been repainted for their display at a non-military institution. I welcome updates and additions (EMAIL)
C-123K 55-684 (c/n 20133) - Youngduk Wind Farm, Younduk, S.K. Real Serial 40684.(04Nov2016)
C-46D 10-541 (c/n 22364) Seoul, S.K. (14Oct2005)
Many others can be found, here's what I found browsing Airliners.net in May 2017:
C-54E 0-40905 (c/n ...) - Seongmu Park (Republic of Korea Air Force Academy), Cheongju, S K (04Oct2016)
C-54D 42-72740 (c/n 10845) - on display in Busan, Seoul, S K (14Oct2005)
C-54D 0-72571 (c/n 10676) - Aviation Campus of KOREA POLYTECHNIC, Sacheon, S K (09Jan2017)
C-123K 40662 (c/n 20111) - Seongmu Park (Republic of Korea Air Force Academy), Cheongju, S K (04Oct2016)
C-123J 56-396 (c/n 20280) - Sunghwa College (closed in late 2011), Gangjin, S K (26Jul2016)
EC-47Q 49-570 (c/n 26831/15386) - Yeouido Park, Seoul, S K (22Sep2016) - NOTE Grant Newman's photo below!
C-47B 451123 (c/n 34393/17126) - The Independence Hall of Korea, Cheonan, S K (01Sep2016)
Beech 18 ? - Samsung Transportation Museum, Yongin, S K (13May2016)
Grant Newman sent these images, taken in Sep.2017 in Seoul,S.Korea
Grant sent the following images Dec.2017, and he wrote: "I can add a couple of photographs taken in Seoul, at the excellent War Memorial of Korea and at Boramae Park.
| I came across a link from Facebook (july 2015) to a Japanese website, FlightGear, which showed this yellow Twin Beech on a pole in a parking lot.
Well, my Japanese is kinda rusty but from the images, which include an empty parking lot at the bottom of the page, I gather this Twin Beech is no longer there.
It was showing sign of damage by wind & weather, but no cause for destruction. So where did it go?
Roy Blewett came with detailed information on this:
JA5503's sister ship JA5505 (BA-617) was acquired from the Coast Guard by Mr Azuma at the same time as JA5503, and donated to the Kumamoto City Museum where it remains on display."
Bob Parmerter added the following on JA5503 (BA-551):
Stewart Lanham sent me these photos, in aid for my search of off-airport residing airframes...:
Stweart updated this in Jan.2012:"The ANA C-47 nose at Haneda was still on display December 2011."
Stewart sent me this in Dec.2012, he wrote: "A more recent photo. The engine previously displayed next to this nose has been moved across the road to the lobby of another ANA building, along with the Tristar procedures trainer."
A post on Facebook in Feb.2019 prompted me to an update here:
Johnny Wales published this on Facebook in May 2019: "It is the fascinating tale of Lord Montbatten's private
JA8732 (cn 2101) - NAMC YS-11A-213
See also a 2012 update on Photos by Friends & Guests (38)
"De Havilland Heron DH.114 JA6159 at Kaizuka Park in Fukuoka,Japan. Photo by 'Ya Kn'. 33.63304 130.42507"
Willem Overtoom included this shot in his newsletter, which was quoted to me, while travelling in Cambodia in July 2008.
Phil Brooks forwarded a Facebook post as a screendump to me, fit for my Off-Airport Gallery here!
Posted 17Jan2019 on Facebook by Henry Toh (assume photo by H.Toh, not sure; no date)
Reading the below Feb.2019 update I have a feeling this is not XY-ADZ, but rather XY-AEW..?
Here's a post on Facebook (Feb.2019) by Petr Nesmerak of XA-YDZ fixed up rather nicely!
F.27-600 XY-AEW (c/n 10352) is preserved there too, in People's Park.
Footage on YouTube
Stewart Lanham sent me these photos in Sep.2007 and he added the following information:
"Douglas C-47A c/n 9414 has been on display at the Bangkok National Science Centre for Education for several years.
This aircraft was formerly 42-23552, arriving in Thailand for Thai Airways then transferring to the Royal Thai Army. It is displayed as 9414 in Royal Thai Air Force colours.
The location is on Sukhumvit, adjacent to the Ekkamai bus and Skytrain stations.
The photos were taken on 28Aug07."
Stewart sent an update in 2012: Photos by Friends & Guests
Its previous identities were 42-23552, FD868, G-AGHN, VH-BZB, HS-TDF, 223552 / 9414; the latter two for Thai Airways and the Royal Thai Army (9414 is also its c/n).
This was shared on Facebook in May 2019. I thought it looked the same but recent sightings
(2017) of 9414 were quoted in disagreement. So which is this one..? EMAIL
Arthur Mick is a veritable treasure hunter in Thailand!
Cockpit of this C-47 at Tambon Huai Sai is a very good find!
A Douglas DC 3 parked on the bank of Chao Phrayaa River ...
This one appeared on a You Tube video, but as yet remains unidentified: www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpPvVNhnFW8
Alexandre Avrane of Aero Transport Data Base (ATDB) wrote the following:
Frits Klinkhamer wrote me Dec.2011: "I may have found the solution to this mystery! Recently someone gave me a few pages, alas not the complete issue, of a DDA magazine and it included an image of HS-TDA c/n 13726!" See below:
It does bear a striking resemblance to the location seen in the mystery photo...!
Stewart Lanham also sent this image, about which he wrote:
"Believed to be c/n 26777, this Douglas C-47B has been on display at the Royal Thai Police museum for many years.
This aircraft was formerly 43-49516, a Vietnam veteran before arriving in Thailand for the Royal Thai Air Force, then transferring to the Royal Thai Police. It is displayed as 219789 in Royal Thai Police colours.
The location is on Ram Intra, near to Don Muang airport. The aircraft is mounted above the gatehouse to the Police airfield. Other museum aircraft are displayed just inside.
The photo was taken on 25th January 1999.
Steve Darke, of www.thai-aviation.net fame, helped me on these images of Curtiss C-46 Commando HS-SKD (c/n 22561). |
The photo on the right was made by (©)Iain Hutchison when it was on Lat Phrao, Bangkok as the Apichart Restaurant.
It was at this location since 1985 at least, reported first as a coffeeshop, later as a restaurant (but that may have meant the same).
Steve generously (I like it when I can copy/paste from a reliable source!) provided the following historical data:
This is how André Wadman found HS-SKD on 22Jul06; click on the image for the link to a larger image on Airliners.net
In may 2017 I couldn't find any more updates after 2006 of HS-SKD. I did see the note "Mark the dogs, guarding the plane"..
| André Wadman 'found' this C-47 former Thai Air Force 919 (c/n 27180) at Si Racha on 31Jul05; click on the image for the link to a larger image on Airliners.net
And it is for sale!
| And André continued with his finds: C-47 former Thai Air Force 210 (c/n 15026/26471) is also at Si Racha on 31Jul05; click on the image for the link to a larger image on Airliners.net
And it too is for sale!
Peter Pgt shared this in july 2019 on Facebook: C-47 'off-airport' in Bangkok, behind Seacon Square Mall
No further information on the exact location nor the date of the photo was given.
Photo taken from roof of the mall; carpark? The empty car park, grey roofs in the distance plus the housing
where this Douglas C-47 is put on display (since when?) seems a redeveloped area of what once was a race circuit.
I would welcome more information plus of course the identity of this ex/ Thai Air Force DC-3! EMAIL
Here is the location, courtesy Google Earth (2019):
In May 2019 a photo of a roadside C-46 was shared on Facebook; online research led to a post w/ photos on a forum
This seems to be the result, posted on Facebook (may 2019)
Another find by Arthur Minck, shared on Facebook: "On Route 36 from Pattaya to Chonburi, this very nice DC-3.
I it is located by a new gasstation, which will be open soon." (Tambon Makham Khu, Thailand ¬May 2019)
The tailnumber 'JIG 112' is obviously fake; I could not find a suitable candidate on
www.oldprops.ukhome.net/DC3 Africa, Asia and Australasia Census. Any suggestions? EMAIL
Another off-airport plane relic in Thailand: Fairchild C-123K Provider
Large image on upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/57/Fairchild_C.123_(12867909215).jpg
I wonder if it was a Thai Navla plane or meant to be (note the paintscheme on the tail):
Shared on Facebook (july 2019) with the following information (no date of photo, but I suspect recent):
"57-6289 / ex RTAF B.L4k-8/16 / Fairchild C-123K Provider / cn 20299 / Bangkok-Chonburi Hwy km42
From my files: 298 Royal Thai AF, 602 sqdn; ex/57-6289. At Bangkok june'96. Stored Bangkok-Don Muang
AFB (may 2000). Reported at Bang Wua (Duckham's Garage) next to Hwy 34, 52 km from Bangkok city.
| Photo © Jack Hannen; published with permission.
RP-C1132 (cn 22571) at Cagayan de Oro, Philippines (14Feb06).
Former USAF, Flying Tiger & Astro Air Transport Inc. Impounded for many years and later withdrawn from use in 1989 at Cagayan de Oro's Lumbia Airport. She now is on display as the prominent façade of a local diner. Though the wings are real, the engine cowl is a fabrication and propellers are from a small aircraft.
Click on the image for the link and larger image on Airliners.net.
Two Douglas DC-3's reside at a hostel in San Juan, the Philippines!
The adress is Surfer's Road, Brgy. Urbiztondo - 2514 San Juan (La Union) in San Juan on the Philippines!
In Scramble's edition #461 (Oct.2017) I read the following: "On 01Aug2017 'Charlies Hangar Hostel' opened in San Juan, in Northern Philippines.
The two DC-3's here have been identified (source Scramble magazine #475, Dec.2018) as
Ron Mak shared this photo with me; RP-C1352, RP-C1353 and RP-C1354 of C.M Aero Services at Manilla (stored)
AW.650 Argosy ZK-SAE is preserved at a bar/restaurant at Blenheim-Woodbourne,NZ (last reported Jan96). Photo anyone?
AW.650 Argosy ZK-SAF (6801) was reported in 2004 to be at Woodbourne, New Zealand; its fuselage with landing gear is located at a farm. Photo?
More details & pics on Phil Treweek's website.
Phil wrote in Nov.2007: "I photographed the aircraft both when it was on a farm behind RNZAF Base Woodbourne in 1998 and in 2000, after it moved down the road to the cafe. When I first photographed ZK-SAE what was left of ZK-SAF was pointed out to me in the distance, but I wasn't able to photograph it.
I drove past ZK-SAE back in July this year and she's looking pretty good - but as I had a ferry to catch, I wasn't able to stop..."
Bristol 170 Freighter NZ5906 (13059) has been converted into a 2-room accommodation at Woodlyn Park, Otorohanga, New Zealand.
For more details go to www.woodlynpark.co.nz
Photo was taken by Bill Blanchard on 26mar06.
This is ZK-CLU, a Bristol 170 Freighter (c/n 13156) at Nelson Founders Park, New Zealand.
See also other photos on A.net
Photos on Flickr.com by 'RuthannOC' 29-30March 2010 brought a new livery to light on this aircraft..;
A 23Feb2017 update: www.airliners.net/photo/4280451/L ZK-APK 'Mangaweka Adventure Company'
Grant Newman sent me these photos (Exif data show 13Dec17) of ZK-APK with 'Mangaweke'-titles.
Video footage on Plane Savers E90, 2019
David Ellis sent me this photo (published with permission, © D.Ellis, 06Mar05): McDonalds DC-3, ZK-CAW, located near the lakeside at Taupo, New Zealand. The inside is fitted out for burger eaters. It's been there for many years.
The Air-Britain DC-3 book (1984) has the following history:
Gil White offers the following history of ZK-CAW.
My Photos by Friends & Guests #47 has a 2016 update by Terry Fletcher!
And here is an image by Grant Newman,taken 13Dec2017 (by EXIF data):
A good website to read up on 'Kiwi DC-3s': www.kiwiaircraftimages.com
Gerben Tornij sent me these photos, made © by Jos Heyman, of Douglas C-47A c/n 20041 located at Armadale in Western Australia. |
This is the history: early 1946 this C-47A was bought by the Koninklijke Nederlandsch-Indische Luchtvaart Maatschappij (KNILM) and registered DT-971. For use of operating from the Dutch East Indies to Australia the radio callsign VH-REY was painted on the aircraft.
In Aug. 1947 the aircraft transferred from the (military) ML-KNIL to the KLM, but it remained in the Dutch East Indies; its tailnumber changed to PK-REY.
When Indonesia gained its independence from the Dutch, PK-REY was handed over to Garuda, which changed the tailnumber to PK-GDC. In 1971 PK-GDC suffred an accident at the airport of Broome, located in northwest Australia. It remained since then in Australia.
For years the C-47A served as decoration to the Tourist Bureau of Broome, but after 1980 its condition deteriorated.
Around 1995 PK-GDC was bought by the Western Australian Museum of Aviation and the aircraft was transported to Jandakot Airport; here it was painted in the drab USAAF camouflage paintscheme. Unfortunately, the plans for the museum were never fully realized.
In June 2002 the aircraft was again offered for sale with the remark: Ideal for conversion into bus/caravan !. It did not come that far, but the fuselage was sawed in 3 pieces to make it suitable for roadtransport.
PK-GDC was sold to Peter Hanbury of Armadale, W.A. on 23APR03. During May 2003 the aircraft was dismantled and trucked to the property of Jeff Green at Armadale, W.A.
Here it was put in the garden of the new owner, serving as a spare bedroom and highlighting gardenparties. Unfortunately the left wing was not attached as it would end up in the neighbours yard!
These photos were taken on 02Oct05.
Merv Prime (photo) reported the following, kindly forwarded to me by Mike Clayton (Oct.2012):
"The aircraft was moved over the weekend of 1st / 2nd September from Armadale to Amelup ( north of Albany) in the Stirling Ranges where it will be restored and act as an attraction outside the Lily Dutch Windmill restaurant / accommodation complex. See the photo of the aircraft on arrival at Amelup."
DC-3 Amaroo Tavern in Moree, New South Wales (NSW) - almost 500 kms from Brisbane.
I came across this DC-3 in a Plane Savers episode (E83, march 2019, contributed by Martin).
The livery is still that of Papua New Guinea (PNG) Defence Force.
Seems this DC-3 (C-47B, c/n 26638/15193) is now marked P2-003 / 03.
I have a note that it used to sit on a pole here in Amaroo,NSW. I hope it has a long life here at this pub!
There is a 2011 photo on Flickr (FlashFlyGuy) from where I copied this history¬..