Constructed as a C-47B-35-DK by Douglas at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA. Douglas C-47B-35-DK 16732 New construction number, 33480, assigned to the airframe. Taken on Strength/Charge with the United States Army Air Force with s/n 44-77148. Transferred to the Military Aircraft Storage and Disposal Center (MASDC) with inventory number NZ3548.
BOC No.1 ASU Hamilton. To No.40 Squadron, Whenuapai. To 41 Squadron March 1946-July 1952. SOC 01 July 1952. To NZNAC as ZK-AWO on 11 July 1952. Converted to DC3-C in Palmerston North 03 November 1952. Converted to freighter in Christchurch 29 September 1958. Withdrawn from NAC service on 05 September 1966 with a total of 24,109 hours. To Airland (NZ) on 12 April 1967. Converted to Topdresser. Flown by Bob Allen from 11th November 1968 until 6th October 1970. To Fieldair 20 February 1978. Last topdressing Flight 01 March 1984. Registration cancelled 29 May 1985. Aircraft TTA 32846 hours. Nose section preserved by C. Rudge, Christchurch and on display at Wanaka Transport Museum.