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DC-4 1009

c/n 42984


The DC-4 1009 was produced at the Douglas Aircraft Company plant at Santa Monica, California.

The aircraft was delivered to South African Airways on the 10th of May 1946 and registered ZS-AUB and named “Outeniqua”.
An American crew delivered the aircraft and arrived at Palmietfontein Airport on the 16th of May 1946.
The aircraft has eight fuel tanks and was often used to ferry engines and engine change crews to SAA aircraft that had suffered engine failures.
This aircraft was the last SAA DC-4 to be sold going to the SAAF on the 29th of September 1967 and allocated the tail number 6905 and operated by 44 Squadron.
South African Airways bought the aircraft in December 1995 to operate with the Historic Flight and registered it ZS-AUB. On 16 December 1995 Captain Flippie Vermeulen, Captain Johan Dries and Flight Engineer Officer Alf Mairs flew the delivery flight of ZS-AUB from Waterkloof to Jan Smuts, the aircraft was still in SAAF colours.
During May 1997 the DC-4 was wet-leased to Swissair and briefly registered HB-ILI and later ZU-ILI and was used to celebrate Swissair’s 50th Anniversary of the crossing the Atlantic. Four Atlantic crossings, in Swiss Air colours, in 1997 with ZS-AUB.


ZS-AUB in Swiss Air Lines livery with registration ZU-ILI at Shannon in Ireland on 14 July 1997
Photo: Fergal Goodman 


ZS-AUB in Swiss Air Lines livery with registration ZU-ILI at Shannon in Ireland on 14 July 1997
Photo: Fergal Goodman


The aircraft returned to the Historic Flight and was registered ZS-AUB.

In July 2000 the aircraft attended the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford.

DC-4 ZS-AUB at Gdansk Airport in Poland, in September 2000. Photo: Michal Petrykowski


The Historic Flight was transferred to Swartkop Air Force base on request from SAA chief Coleman Andrews, and the aircraft were operated there until end of 2005.
Ownership of the aircraft was transferred to the Transnet Heritage Foundation on the 25th of January 2001.
On the 18th of September 2006 the airliner transferred to Rand Airport with the Transnet Heritage Foundation.
Transnet donated the aircraft, along with what was the entire South African Airways Historic Flight fleet, to the SAA Museum Society, effective 20 December 2007.

The airliner was operated by charter operator SkyClass Aviation who specialised in African Flying Safaris to Southern African.


The aircraft could carry up to 50 passengers in Business Class configuration. The DC-4's range of over 3000 km put it in easy reach of exotic destinations such as Central and East Africa. ZS-AUB is painted in the 1960’s "Orange Tail” livery. ZS-AUB was retired from service in 2018.

Douglas DC-4 ZS-AUB
Photograph: John Austin-Williams

ZS-AUB Douglas DC-4 Interior Michal Petrykowski
Douglas DC-4 ZS-AUB
Business Class seating
Photograph: Michal Petrykowski

Photo: Bruce Perkins

Photo: Bruce Perkins

Photo: John Austin-Williams

Photo: Elmarie Dreyer

Photo: Athol Franz

Photo: John Austin-Williams

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