2010/10/01 DC-6B Tour of
Australia, the DC-6B was regarded as the ultimate in propeller
driven airliner reliability and economy. The seven DC-6s and six
DC-6Bs operated by Australian airlines represented an era now long
gone when flying was an adventure and service wasn't just a
catchword in a glossy brochure.
In February, 2011, and together with
Aviation will be proud to bring
the DC-6B back to Australia to show younger Australians how it was,
to allow older Australians to reminisce and remember, and to share
our love of classic vintage aeroplanes with all Australians.
The DC-6B will
V5-NCG the last DC-6 ever
built and named Bateleur.
Press release February
DC-6B Tour of Australia February
JOINT venture between
Aviation will bring aviation history to
life at the beginning of next year.
NCA’s Douglas DC-6B airliner,
V5-NCG, the last one of its
kind still doing commercial passenger flights, will depart from
Windhoek’s Eros Airport on a nearly three-month odyssey to
The plane will participate in celebrations of the
Australian centenary of powered flight and according to Yesteryear
director David Gray, Namibia holds the holy grail of aviation
history with the DC-6B.
“The DC-6B was the ultimate domestic piston-engine
airliner operated in Australia,” he said. “To be able to work with
NCA and to take the last passenger DC-6B back to Australia is
incredibly exciting. She is the epitome of how a vintage aircraft
should be presented and operated. There is nothing quite like her in
Australia, and that is something that all Namibians should be proud
The DC-6B will fly via Johannesburg, Reunion
Island and Cocos Island before arriving in Perth, Australia to start
From Perth she will circumnavigate Australia,
touching down in every state capital city for joy-flights, open
days, charity and community events as well as participating in large
functions like the Australian International Air Show at Avalon and
the Australian leg of the International Red Bull Air Race World
Series in Perth.
“Projected attendances at just the two air shows
alone will see the DC-6B seen by over 500 000 people. Tie this in
with the expected 1 800 people to fly in her, plus airport open days
around the country, and she becomes a highly visible airborne
ambassador for Namibia,” said Grey.
Hans Wiehahn, general manager of NCA said: “The
last passenger DC-6B left Australia in 1968, and 43 years later we
will be making history by returning.”