Even in her penultimate
year of airline operations, DC-3 VH-ANR was still performing relief
work for the communities she had served faithfully for decades. After
floods in north-west New South Wales in 1971, VH-ANR was pressed into
service air-dropping hay bales to stranded livestock.
This photo was taken on one such flight to Walgett on 11 March
1971. Standard equipment in the galley of passenger DC-3s was an electric
bell for the purpose of signalling "Brace for Impact". On
these flood relief flights, a short ring would signal "prepare
to drop" and a long ring would be the signal to drop. As VH-ANR
was always a genuine small door DC-3 and not a converted C-47, it was
necessary to operate these flights with the outward opening door removed.
A sheet of thick plywood helps the bales to negotiate the corner around
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