VH-TBA. Bristol 170-31 Freighter. c/n 13176.


 

First flown as a G-18-68 - 1955

Sold to the Pakistan Air Force - becoming S4427 - February 11, 1955

Transferred to the Pakistan Government - becoming AP-AME - April 1961

Sold to Trans Australia Airlines - May 1961

Delivered to T.A.A. at Bankstown, Sydney - May 19, 1961

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-TBA - August 2, 1961

Aircraft was named 'Leahy Brothers'

Flown to Lae, Papua New Guinea - August 2, 1961

Operated its first T.A.A. service - August 6, 1961

Operated its final T.A.A. service - January 1, 1967

Withdrawn from service and stored at Lae

Sold to Australian Aircraft Sales (ACT) Pty Ltd - May 14, 1968

Sold to Air Express (Holdings) Pty Ltd

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - July 20, 1968

Ferried Lae-Brisbane under special permit to fly - October 1968

Stripped for spares as main spar had reached its fatigue life limit

 


 

VH-TBA. T.A.A. Sunbird Services - in the full livery at Lae Airport, July 1965.

VH-TBA. T.A.A. Sunbird Services - in the full livery at Lae Airport, July 1965.

VH-TBA. T.A.A. Sunbird Services - in the full livery at Goroka Airport, August 1966.

 

VH-TBA. T.A.A. Sunbird Services - in the full livery at Goroka Airport, August 1966.

VH-TBA. Air Express - in basic T.A.A. Sunbird Services livery at Port Moresby, October 1968.

VH-TBA. Air Express - in basic T.A.A. Sunbird Services livery at Brisbane Airport, October 1968.

VH-TBA. Air Express - being scrapped at Brisbane Airport, July 1980.