Type: L-18-56 Lodestar C-60A-5-LO
MSN: 2614
Previous Identities: 43-16454
Subsequent Identities: VHRAI (callsign)


  Delivered to the United States Army Air Force as C-60A-5-LO serial 43-16454
05NOV43 Delivered ex Lockheed. (Source: MAC Air Case 200. NAA via Gordon Birkett)
16NOV43 Arrived Long Beach. (Source: MAC Air Case 200. NAA via Gordon Birkett)
01DEC43 Departed Long Beach. (Source: MAC Air Case 200. NAA via Gordon Birkett)
08DEC43 Received 3AD Amberley on delivery to RAAF as A67-9
09DEC43 Allotted to 37 Sqn RAAF
  Allocated callsign VHRAI
31JAN44 Forced landing on the main north-south road 25 miles south of "Stirling" Homestead (Alice Springs area) owing to engine trouble. Landed safely with no damage. (NAA via G. Goodall)
12FEB44 Ferried back to 37 Sqn after temporary repairs
25AUG44 To 1AD for conversion for special duties
04OCT44 Allocated to 1 CU for use by UK Air Liaison Staff
12OCT44 Damaged by fire in nose compartment. Repaired by 1AD
04DEC44 Returned to 1CU
12DEC44 Allotted for use by AOC 1st Tactical Air Force
09JAN45 Flown Morotai-Noemfoor by Flt Lt M.O. Guthrie. (Source: Harrison Air Log, John T. Harrison)
10JAN45 Received at 47OBU
25MAY45 Received at 4CU
01OCT46 Into storage at 7AD Tocumwal
03FEB47 Sold to Kingsford Smith Aviation Services for 1,200
15MAY47 Issued to purchaser
47 Sold to NZNAC
27JUN47 Registered ZK-APU. Named "Korimako" (Bellbird)
05SEP47 Flown from Whenuapai to Brisbane via Norfolk Island and Sydney (Commander A.G. Gerrand) for refitting as an airliner by Qantas. (Source: "NAC The Illustrated History" by Waugh, Layne and McConnell) Image
  ZK-APU was the only NAC Lodestar to be painted in the second NAC livery with window line and tail stripes as carried by the NAC DC-3 fleet in the fifties. (Source: "NAC The Illustrated History" by Waugh, Layne and McConnell)
  Sold to Pago Airlines as N633
  Sold to Richard Dienst as N633
  Sold to R.J. Leeward as N633
67 Sold to Vanal Inc, Miami FL as N633

Issue Date Remarks
8 01APR16
Refreshed page layout with no change to data.
7 19SEP15
Added further details of the aircraft's service with NAC.
6 06SEP15
Added entry at 09JAN45 thanks to Geoff Goodall.
5 24JUN06
Added delivery details thanks to Gordon Birkett.
4 05MAR06
Added more detail of the forced landing on a main road. Although the date is shown on the status card as 01FEB44 it is now known to have been on 31JAN44. Thanks to Geoff Goodall.
3 16APR99 -

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