VH-TAO. Convair CV-240-5. c/n D32.

 

This aircraft was constructed at the San Diego plant for Trans Australia Airlines

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-TAO - March 24, 1948

Registered to Australian National Airlines Commission, Melbourne

Construction completed - December 21, 1948

Departed San Diego on the delivery flight to Australia - December 30, 1948

Delivery route: San Diego - Tulsa - Chicago - Montreal - Goose Bay - Narssaq - Keflavik - London -

thence via the Kangaroo Route to Australia

Sustained major damage when the undercarriage collapsed at Keflavik - January 01, 1949

Arrived Melbourne (Essendon) on completion of the delivery flight - July 03, 1949

Originally named 'George Bass' butit was later changed to 'Abel Tasman' and then 'John Fawkner'

Operated first revenue service - July 03, 1949

Withdrawn from service and stored at Melbourne (Essendon) pending its sale - July 10, 1959

Sold to Beldex Corporation - November 25, 1959

Departed Melbourne (Essendon) on ferry flight to the United States - November 25, 1959

Arrived at Pompano Beach on completion of the ferry flight - December 6, 1959

Ferry route: Melbourne - Alice Springs - Darwin - Djakarta - Bangkok - Calcutta - Karachi- Bahrain - Khartoum -

Fort Lamy - Accra - Ascension Island - Natal - Belem - Port of Spain - Kingston - Miami - Pompano Beach

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - December 07, 1959

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N9313R - ?

Sold to Fairbanks-Whitney and then to Remmert Werner

Reregistered as N18M - ?

Sold to Monsanto Chemical Company - June 1962

Reregistered as N2008 - ?

Sold to General Dynamics for conversion to CV-600 standard - January 1965

Reregistered as N331G - ?

Sold to Thunderbird Airways (Flying T) - February 02, 1967

Sold to East Coast Leasing for East Coast Flying Services - October 1967

Reregistered as N278E - ?

It was badly damaged as a result of an arson attack at Martinsburg, West Virginia - August 22, 1968

Purchased by Ross S. Lipscomb, Leesburg, VA - September 1968

Scrapped at Dupage County Airport, Ilinois - September 1968

 

VH-TAO. Trans-Australia Airlines - 'George Bass' in the original livery at an unknown location, date unknown.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1029-088.)

VH-TAO. Trans-Australia Airlines - 'George Bass' in the revised livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, date unknown.

(B. Colledge Copyright Image 1029-084.)

VH-TAO. Trans-Australia Airlines - 'George Bass' in the revised livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, date unknown.

(B. Colledge Copyright Image 1029-083.)

VH-TAO. Trans-Australia Airlines - 'George Bass' in the revised livery at Canberra Airport, date unknown.

(E. D. Daw Collection Copyright Image 1029-034.)

VH-TAO. Trans-Australia Airlines - 'George Bass' in the revised livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, date unknown.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1029-032.)

VH-TAO. Trans-Australia Airlines - 'Abel Tasman' in the revised livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, date unknown.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1029-019.)

VH-TAO. Trans-Australia Airlines - 'George Bass' in the revised livery at Canberra Airport, August 1957.

(B. Colledge Copyright Image 1029-077.)

N278E. East Coast Flying Service - in the basic livery at an unknown airport, June 1968.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1029-160.)