History of the Plane
The Spirit of Benovia
Built as a C-53-DO by the Douglas Aircraft Company in Santa
Delivered to the U.S. Army Air Force on June 29, 1942
Douglas construction number: 7313, U.S.A.A.F Serial number:
July 1942: Flown locally in Santa Monica by the Air Transport
August 1942: Flown to West Palm Beach, Florida, then ferried to
September 1942: Transferred to Royal Air Force (RAF) custody in
December 1942: Returned to U.S.A.A.F custody, assigned to 1st
Troop Carrier Squadron of the 10th Air Force.
February 5, 1946: Purchased by the Central Air Transport Corp,
Bejing China. Reportedly used by Chinese Nationalist President
Chiang Kai-shek as his personal transport. It possibly carried him
and his family from the mainland to Taiwan on December 10, 1949,
when the communists took over China.
December 19, 1949: Sold to the Civil Air Transport (CAT), Taipei,
Taiwan. Registered as N8336C and transferred to Hong Kong.
Registered as N1794B in July, 1953
December 9, 1953: Sold to TEMCO Aircraft Corp, Dallas, Texas.
Registered as N67K, then N47L
May 22, 1958: Sold to Union Chemical and Materials Corp, Dallas,
June 22, 1958: Sold to Southern Airways, Atlanta, Georgia.
Registered as N147M.
Possibly used in airline service in the South- Southern operated
13 DC-3s in 1958.
July 23, 1962: Sold to the Mead Corporation, Dayton Ohio.
April, 18, 1969: Purchased by Tecumseh Products, Tecumseh,
December 3, 1982: Donated to the Kalamazoo Aviation History
Museum. Modified to DC-3A standards.
October 18, 1993: Acquired by Warren Basler, Oshkosh, Wisconsin,
in trade for a C-47 military aircraft.
1994: Used in the production of the Warner Brothers film, "Richie
July 5, 1999: Purchased by businessman Donald Jones, Fond du Lac,
Wisconsin. Registered as N943DJ and named "Spirit of
September, 2009: Purchased by Joe Anderson, Santa Rosa,
California. Renamed "Spirit of Benovia."