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Withdrawn from service and stored at Melbourne (Essendon) Airport pending sale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Withdrawn from service and placed in storage - October 1969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.)