Hard-living DC-3 woos War Birds fans
New Zealand’s only surviving Royal New Zealand Air Force DC-3 aircraft will give those attending War Birds over Wanaka a chance to take a ride in history. Built in 1945 in Oklahoma, United States, to cope with wartime production, it was used in Asia for supply drops and post-war for ferrying servicemen home to New Zealand. It was used as a topdresser before being converted to a freighter and then did flying tours of New Zealand and Australia. It was damaged
while attempting to take off in deep snow at Mt Cook and being hidden during violent riots in Tonga. It was brought to New Zealand in December.