About 'Aircraft of Trans-Australia Airlines'.


In June 2020 the Board of the Trans-Australia Airlines Museum was offered the donation of a 'Cultural Gift' from Robert N Smith, an avid aviation photographer and historian. This gift covered his work on the aircraft specifically operated by Trans-Australia Airlines and its affiliated companies, and was part of his overall work that covered most of the aircraft that were commercially operated by Australia's airlines and was featured on his website: 'Aussieairlines'.

Mr Smith commenced photographing aircraft at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport in the mid 1960s. As this photographic collection grew he began to document the histories of the aircraft photographed. In 1994 he decided to share his work on the internet by creating the website 'AussieAirliners'. Over the years this website expanded in both scope and content.

Since going live on the internet many other people have contributed to his site by supplying information or images related to the history of Australian operated / registered airliners. It is important that these people be acknowledged for their contributions:

Eric Allen, Tony Arbon, Maurice Austin, Graham Bennett, Rod Brown, George Canciani, Barrie Colledge, David Daw, Nigel Daw, George Ditchfield, Marcel Drescher, Eric Favelle, Rob Finlayson, Paul Finnigan, Jake Fox, Alan Fraser, John Goldfinch, Hans Groen, Jacques Guillem, Tony Haynes, Seymour A. Hills, John Hopton, Seth Jaworski, Peter Lea, Gavin Louis, Neil Louis, Greg Hyde, Mark Lynam, Ian Mackenzie, Ian Malcolm, Scott Morgan, John Mounce, Fred Niven, Qantas Heritage Collection, Zane Rae, Norbert G. Raith, Glen Reid, Gordon Reid, Paul Sheehan, Robbie Shaw, Henry Tenby, Phil Vabre, Russ Waller, Gil White, Geoff Wilkes, Lindsay Wise, Greg Wood, the ADF Serials Website & Australian Aviation.

The philosophy behind the 'AussieAirliners' website was very simple - to bring together in one location the history of Australia's commercial airline activity by recording the histories of the individual airframes that have been used by these airlines over the years. It was hoped that by doing so this valuable history would not be lost. The Trans-Australia Airlines Museum fully support this idea and were very thankful that Robert N Smith offered us his valuable work to preserve for future generations.

The images depicted in this section of the Trans-Australia Airlines Museum website are covered by Copyright. Downloading any image from this website is illegal. The images carry the 'AussieAirliners' watermark, as they have been supplied to us from this source.

The historical information pertaining to individual airframes has been obtained from a variety of sources, some company sourced, some obtained from various publications and the public domain via the internet. Although all due care has been taken in compiling this information, some data may be incorrect or incomplete. If you are able to provide additional information, images or advise on omissions your contribution would be most welcome.