1942 McDonnell Douglas DC-3 in Fiordland


  • Make: McDonnell Douglas
  • Country: New Zealand
  • Model: DC-3
  • State/Province: Fiordland
  • Year: 1942
  • City/Airport: Te Anau (MPO)
  • Serial No: 4363
  • Registration No: ZK-JGB
  • Flight Time: 20480 hours
  • Engine Time: 395 hours


This beautiful old lady is in very good condition, recently travelled half way around the world from England to New Zealand.
This journey can be viewed on vimeo:
Password : topshelf
There has been a suggestion that this plane was one of the group of 4 mentioned in the book Fate is the Hunter. After leaving military service in 1949 it spent time in the USA, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, England and now is in New Zealand. It has the lovely large Viewmaster Windows, the larger Dash-94 engines and old business class seats, 3 abreast.
If purchased elsewhere in the world, another transfer trip could be organised, with a possible tourist trip through Australia. Many possibilities.


Just completed annual inspection.Props: HS 23E50

Hours: LH – 107.5 TSO RH – 107.5 TSO

(Props due NZ CAA Calendar inspection due Feb 2020 with 10% extension until Aug 2020)

All SIID’s inspections in compliance with 1900 hours to run until next inspection due.
All AD’s complied with and good times to run until re-inspection.
18 seats
New floor panels and floor beam structure
Rudder recently recovered
tailwheel strut overhauled
Basic avionics/instrumentation fit:


Audio Panel


Bendix King KMA 24H

Nav/Com, 2 Bendix King KX155

ADF, 2, Bendix King KR87 (both INOP)

DME, 1, Bendix King KN64

Transponder, 1, Trigg TT31

GPS, 1, Trimble TNL1000 (INOP)

ELT, 1, Kannad 406AF Compact


Seats: 18
Singapore Airlines Airbus Business Class seats from the 1980s, 3 across. Nice wooden floor

Exterior Description

Lower Aluminium, Upper white paint, decorated with Jean Batten on the tail.

Additional Features

Viewmaster Windows