This DC-3 is no stranger having previously been based at Dublin as EI-BDU of Clyden Airways and as G-AKNB with a variety of UK operators for many years before that. It was converted to BT-67 standard by Basler at Oshkosh and is in pristine condition. It stopped off for fuel while routing from the USA to Djibouti via Goose Bay, Keflavik, Dublin, Genoa & Cairo.
Cootamundra's location midway on Sydney-Melbourne railway line made it the final stop on the 1934 UK-Australia air mail service. Flying mail direct to these major cities was seen as a threat to the railways, which were owned by the states and unionised. Butler Air Transport DH84s picked up the mail from Qantas at Charleville. The arrival of Empire flying boats on the route in 1938 ended Cootamundra's (and Charleville's) role.
Originally 42-100931, this C-47 was rebuilt by Remmert Werner in 1956 as N56U and imported into Canada in 1957. Photographed flying for North Cariboo Flying Service without titles while still in Northern Thunderbird Air colors, the aircraft was sold to the USA in 1989 as N384CA. It is presently preserved at Lyon Aircraft Museum John Wayne airport, Santa Ana, CA in American Airlines colors as NC16005.