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Touring New Zealand's North Island by Campervan

A sign along SH1 outside Mangaweka that simply said "HOT COFFEE, COOL PLANE" caught my attention, and this cool plane got me to stop for photos and a tank of diesel for the campervan. A Douglas C-47B-DK (c/n 34227), she began service with the Royal New Zealand Air Force in 1945, had a varied career including being configured as a DC-3D passenger liner (ZK-APK), finally being converted to a cafe a few years ago.

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DC-3 at Mangaweka