Can anyone please advise what the marking on the tail fin of some of the early (circa-1950s) NAC DC-3s are please? They sit above the flash / stripe with the registration in and seem to be a circle with lines mid-way through, placed on both sides of the fin. Are they an early NAC emblem of some sort?
Thanks very much, Ian
Last Edit: Jul 12, 2019 11:02:30 GMT 12 by ianbw12
Post by planewriting on Jul 12, 2019 16:44:54 GMT 12
Correct TBF2504. Probably the best images are on page 1 of this thread and particularly Neville Drake's colour photo of ZK-AOJ. Click on "1" at very top of this page to view.
The word Douglas is in red spread across the globe and if I recall correctly from the 1960s there were 3 DC-3s somewhere in the emblem. Interesting to note that while in this livery the Douglas emblem did not always appear. I tried googling the logo but didn't find a perfect match.
Any idea why they would have removed the airstair from CAW? Seems like it would be a useful fitment.
The reason the door was replaced with a standard door was it fell open in flight and it proved very difficult to shut in that situation. A consideration was that it may drag on the ground on landing damaging the door and possibly the tailplane. The full story is on page 80 in the book "South Pacific Airlines of New Zealand and their DC-3 Viewmasters" which I co-authored in 2000 with Richard Waugh.
The Air Force Museum posted a nice photo of NZ3553 on their Facebook page. Its in the last scheme they flew in (or possibly the previous one as the RNZAF titles on her are in a different position from NZ3551's) and taken from the starboard side. What I noticed is there appeared to be a small window under the word "Force". Its sitting higher than the passenger windows and I suppose about where the radio operator position would be. (I presume its that position as I know the port side was the Navigator.) I've just had a look at a photo of NZ3551 and she has it too just forward of the leading edge. But it doesn't seem to be on other Dakotas I've seen (yet). 800px-NZ050315_RNZAF_Museum_01 by Barry Tod, on Flickr
The Auster should be recognised for what it is: a gentleman's aerial touring carriage and a nice aeroplane.