Hobby Master HL8002 Douglas DC-2 VH-USY Holyman's Airways 1930s Bungana 1/200
The DC-2 (Douglas Commercial 2) was developed to compete with Boeingï¿½s 247. With the success of the DC-1, Douglas decided to build on it. The two Douglas aircraft had similar shapes but the DC-2 had more powerful engines that made it capable of longer flights at faster speeds. The DC-2 was two feet longer and could carry two more passengers. The DC- 2 was an immediate success and became the first Douglas airliner to enter service with a non-U.S. airline. Between 1934 and 1937 Douglas built 156 DC-2ï¿½s.
Holyman's Airways Pty Ltd was formed in 1932. In 1935 Holyman convinced the Australian Government to lift the ban on the importation of U.S. built commercial aircraft. The first Douglas DC-2 aircraft was delivered to Holymanï¿½s Airways in January 1936 and entered service on May18, 1936. It was registered as VH-USY c/n 1580 and was named ï¿½Bunganaï¿½ (meaning Big Chief in Tasmanian). Mergers saw Holymanï¿½s Airway form Australian National Airways Ltd. (ANA) with VH-USY joining the ANA fleet in November 1936. The aircraft remained in service until December 1947.