VH-TBB. Bristol 170-31 Freighter. c/n 13187.


 

First flown as a G-18-179 - 1954

Sold to the Pakistan Air Force - becoming S4432 - March 01, 1955

Transferred to the Pakistan Government as AP-AMF - May 1961

Sold to Trans Australia Airlines - May 1961

Arrived at Sydney (Bankstown) Airport at the conclusion of the ferry flight - May 26, 1961

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-TBB - May 30, 1961

Aircraft was named 'William MacGregor'

Flown to Lae, Papua New Guinea - September 01, 1961

Operated first T.A.A. revenue service - September 21, 1961

Operated final T.A.A. revenue service Madang - Lae - February 24, 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Withdrawn from service and stored at Lae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 - May 17, 1968

Withdrawn from use and stored at Melbourne (Essendon) when main spar reached its fatigue life limit

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - September 14, 1977

Used by Essendon Airport Fire Service for non-destructive training

 


 

VH-TBB. T.A.A. Sunbird Services - in the standard livery at Lae Airport, July 1964.

VH-TBB. T.A.A. Sunbird Services - in the standard livery at Lae Airport, July 1964.

VH-TBB. T.A.A. Sunbird Services - in the standard livery at Lae Airport, July 1964.

VH-TBB. T.A.A. Sunbird Services - in the standard livery at Sydney Airport, August 1965.

 

VH-TBB. Air Express - in the basic TAA livery at Bankstown Airport, August 1968.

VH-TBB. Air Express - in the original livery at Brisbane Airport, December 1968.

VH-TBB. Air Express - with 'Mayne Nickless' titles in the original livery at Brisbane Airport, April 1969.

VH-TBB. Air Express - in the original livery at Melbourne Airport, September 1970.

VH-TBB. Air Express - in the revised livery at Cairns Airport, November 1974.

VH-TBB. Air Express - in the revised livery at Melbourne Airport, January 1976.

VH-TBB. Air Express - in the final livery at Melbourne Airport, May 1976.

VH-TBB. Air Express - in the final livery at Melbourne Airport, May 1976.

VH-TBB. Air Express - in the final livery at Melbourne Airport, July 1977.

VH-TBB. Air Express - in the final livery at Melbourne Airport, January 1978.

VH-TBB. Air Express - in the final livery at Melbourne Airport, April 1978.

VH-TBB. Air Express - in the final livery at Melbourne Airport, March 1979.

VH-TBB. Air Express - painted up as 'VH-JIM' at Melbourne Airport, date unknown.