VH-TAP. Convair 240-5. c/n D42.

 

Aircraft was ordered new by Trans-Australia Airlines

Constructed by the Convair Division of the General Dynamics Corporation at San Diego, California

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

Registered to Australian National Airlines Commission, Melbourne

Construction completed - September 21, 1948

Handed over to Trans-Australia Airlines at San Diego - October 8, 1948

Aircraft was named 'Matthew Flinders'

Operated first revenue service - January 26, 1949

Operated final revenue service - May 21, 1956

Withdrawn from service and stored at Melbourne (Essendon) Airport pending sale

Sold to Pakistan International Airlines - June 19, 1956

Entered onto the Pakistan Aircraft Register as AP-AHO - ?

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - June 20, 1956

Departed Melbourne (Essendon) on the ferry flight to Pakistan - June 23, 1956

Sold to Fokker NV as a trade-in on Friendship - October 17, 1959

Entered onto the Dutch Aircraft Register as PH-NHZ - ?

Sold to Remmert Warner - June 30, 1960

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N557R - ?

Sold to Falstaff Brewing Company - 1964

Reregistered as N503 - ?

Sold to Alaska Coastal Ellis Airlines - 1966

Reregistered as N196N - ?

Ownership transferred to Alaska Airlines Inc - April 01, 1968

Withdrawn from service and placed in storage - October 1969

Sold to Pacific Nevada Airlines - January 1973

Repossessed by Alaska Airlines Inc - May 1973

Returned to Pacific Nevada Airlines - December 1973

Ownership transferred to Pacific Coastal Airlines - 1975

Repossessed by Crocker National Bank, San Francisco - January 01, 1976

Aircraft scrapped at Long Beach, California - June 1979

 

VH-TAP. TAA Trans-Australia Airlines - 'Matthew Flinders' in the original livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, date unknown.

(B. Colledge Copyright Image 1029-130.)

VH-TAP. TAA Trans-Australia Airlines - 'Matthew Flinders' in the original livery at Brisbane Eagle Farm Airport, date unknown.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1029-087.)

N196N. Alaska - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, November 1969.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1029-161.)