Engineering work and restoration of the HARS Douglas C54/DC4 is now well underway. The Douglas was build in 1944 and as you would expect – for a 70 year old aircraft – it needs some tender love and care. The historic four engined airliner was donated to HARS in June of 2008, having not flown for the last 6 years and been stored outdoors at Brisbane for much of that time.
A dedicated team of HARS engineers travelled between Wollongong and Brisbane for 16 months to prepare this historic douglas for its ferry flight, December 2009. Since its arrival, the Douglas has been undergoing corrosion control, electrical work and many other rectifications identified during the lead-up to its successful ferry flight.
The pictures provided below detail members of the HARS engineering team hard at work on various areas of the airframe. The end result will be a beautiful flying example of this historic Douglas type.
Like all HARS projects, they are made possible through the generosity and vision of our donors and project sponsors. We are proud to have some of Australia’s great miners and mining companies support the Douglas C54/DC4 project. Through their support this aircraft will become a fixture on the Australian and New Zealand airshow circuit, as a flying tribute to all who flew and worked on them during their service in WW2 and in airline operations.
If you would like to participate or donate, please contact Mr Mike Delahunty, Project Chairman, 0418 473 175.