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RAN Serial Radio Callsign Model/Type C/N USAAF Serial Aircraft History
N2-23 n/a C-47A 11973 42-92199 Delivered to the RAN 11/04/50.
RAN Codes:801/NW, 861 & 901.
Prop Strike on takeoff 25/10/67.
Aircraft had flown 3728 Hours at 12/70.
Withdrawn 9/74, sold to Masling Airlines Cootamundra 17/1/77.
Static Display 07/03/83, West Wyalong as A65-23.

Navy Dakota A65-23 Pic Navy Official via Dave Masterson N2-23 on display at West Wyalong. Dakota N2-23
on display in Lions Park, West Wyalong.
(hence the lions!) Dakota A65-23
West Wyalong Dakota A65-23
West Wyalong Dakota A65-23
West Wyalong Dakota A65-23
West Wyalong Dakota A65-23
West Wyalong F-111 A8-132 
passes Dakota N2-23 at West Wyalong 
10th August 2011

N2-43 n/a C-47A 12542 42-92711 Delivered to the RAN 01/02/49.
Served with 851 sqn, 723, 724 and 725 Sqn's as 'NW-900', 'NW-860', 'NW-800'.
Fitted out as a Flying Classroom at one time to train Sea Venom and Gannet Observers. If one looks at its long nose and a Sea Venom they will see the resemblance as A117 and ASV radar was fitted to the aircraft. Sea Venom radar in the nose and Gannet radar in the rear of the aircraft protruding underneath. When acquired C/W, morse code was the main communications used.
Taken out of RAN service on 12/01/70 it had been flown 3,181.30 hours.
In 1976 it was allocated to the Australian Fleet Air Arm Museum at HMAS Albatross.

Dakota A65-43 / N2-43. Photograph by Eddie Coates. Not sure of this but most likely N2-43. RAN picture via Dave Masterson Not sure of this but most likely N2- 43. RAN picture via Dave Masterson N2-43 Forced landing in a paddock in Queensland. Note the feathered prop. Can't remember the date or exact location, but will find it in time. RAN photo provided by Dave Masterson / FAAM. Dakota N2-43 at Nowra 1975. Photograph by Rod Farquhar. Dakota N2-43, Nowra 1982. Photograph by David Fredericks. Douglas C-47 Dakota RAN N2-43 800 Nowra Museum 5.10.86. Photograph by Brian Johnstone. N2-43 5th December 1993
photo by George Canciani N2-43 September 2000
Photo by Martin Edwards N2-43 September 2000
Photo by Martin Edwards Dakota N2-43 
About to be lifted to its elevated display position Dakota N2-43
Being lifted to its elevated display position Dakota N2-43
Secure in its elevated display position

N2-90 n/a C-47B 32883 44-76551 Delivered to the RAN 23/02/68 with 6071.5 flight hours.
RAN Codes:802/NW. c/n: 16135. 851 sqn 1968.
Had flown 6424.14 Flight hours at 12/70.
Withdrawn 04/74.
Apprentice Training Establishment, Schofields NSW.
To Historic Flight HMAS Albatross 1985 to fly as VH-NVZ.

Dakota N2-90   
Nowra 
28th June 1986 Douglas C-47B Dakota RAN N2-90 802 Nowra Museum 5.10.86. Photograph by Brian Johnstone. Douglas C-47B Dakota RAN N2-90 802 Nowra Museum 5.10.86. Photograph by Brian Johnstone. N2-90  19th April 1987
Photo by George Canciani N2-90 23rd October 1992
Photo by George Canciani N2-90
photo by Grahame Higgs N2-90
Photo by Martin Edwards Dakota N2-90 
RAAF Wagga 
2nd September 1994

N2-123 n/a C-47B 34221 45-958 Delivered to the RAN 21/02/68 with 5128.35 flight hours.
RAN Codes:803/NW.
Withdrawn 10/73 and sold in USA 20/06/74.

N2-123
Photo by David Fredericks N2-123 RAN Dakota FAA Museum via Dave Masterson

 
     
     
     

The Author of this page is Gordon R Birkett (Previous Editor was Kevin Smith) updated by Brendan Cowan

Source: http://www.airforce.gov.au/raafmuseum, NAA Archives per E/E-88A Cards, DAT Registration Files, Personal data collected Gordon Birkett, Australian Aviation, Always Ready - history of RAAF East Sale, Book: The Dakota, Hercules & Caribou in Australian Service, National Archives, Joop de Wit, Classic Wings Downunder Magazine, Australia @ War Website.

Emails: Joop de Wit, Peter Hancock, Peter O'Connell, Arthur Davies, Bob Livingston, Greg Hyde, Ray Miller, Dean Norman, Daniel Leahy, Ed Miles, Jorgen Anderson, Mark Clayton, Coert Munk, Gerry Blom, Ray Miller, Gordon Birkett, Ivan Prince, Bob Livingston, Martin Edwards, Brendan Cowan.

Updated 28 November 2013

 

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