VH-INJ. Bristol 170-21E Freighter. c/n 12755.

 

First flown as a B-170-21E Freighter - 1946

Entered onto the British Aircraft Register as G-AICL - November 11, 1948

Registered to Bristol Aeroplane Company

Leased to Australian National Airways as G-AICL - November 23, 1948

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-INJ - April 06, 1949

Registered to Australian National Airways Pty Ltd, Melbourne

The aircraft was named 'Pokana' - (Heron)

Continued to operate under its United Kingdom C.of A. until November 23, 1949

The aircraft was used on freight services from Melbourne to Tasmania

It had the distinction of being first aircraft to land at Melbourne (Moorabbin) Airport

It was operated on the 'Air Beef' scheme in Western Australia - May 07, 1951 to 1954

Ownership was transferred to Ansett-A.N.A. - October 04, 1957

It was overhaulled and repainted into the Ansett-A.N.A. livery - 1959

Operated last revenue service for Ansett-A.N.A. Hobart - Melbourne (Essendon) - June 26, 1960

Withdrawn from service and stored at Melbourne (Essendon)

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - October 03, 1960

The aircraft was scrapped - September 1961

 

VH-INJ. Australian National Airways Pty Ltd - 'Pokana' in the original livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, date unknown.

(B. Colledge Copyright Image 1920-187.)

VH-INJ. Australian National Airways Pty Ltd - 'Pokana' in the original livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, circa 1954.

(E. Coates Copyright Image 1920-476.)