VH-TAQ. Convair 240-5. c/n 64.

 

This 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-TAQ - March 24, 1948

Registered to Australian National Airlines Commission, Melbourne

Construction completed at the San Diego plant - August 21, 1948

Departed San Diego on the delivery flight to Australia - August 26, 1948

Arrived at Melbourne (Essendon) on completion of the delivery flight - September 07, 1948

Delivery route: Tulsa - Chicago - Montreal - Goose Bay - Bluie West One - Keflavik - London - Rome -

Cyprus - Basra - Karachi - Delhi - Calcutta - Rangoon - Singapore - Makasar - Darwin - Alice Springs - Melbourne

The aircraft was named 'John Forrest'

Operated first revenue service Melbourne (Essendon) - Brisbane - October 18, 1948

Fitted out with a V.I.P. interior for the Royal Tour - 1954

Operated final revenue service - August 05, 1956

Withdrawn from service and stored at Melbourne (Essendon) pending its sale

Sold to Trans Arabia Airlines - August 16, 1956

Entered onto the United States Aircraft register as N9853F - ?

Departed Melbourne (Essendon) on the ferry flight to Lebanon - August 16, 1956

Arrived Beruit on completion of the ferry flight - August 21, 1956

Ferry route: Melbourne - Alice Springs - Darwin - Sourabaya - Singapore - Bangkok - Calcutta -Delhi -

Karachi - Sharjar - Bahrain - Beruit

Flown to Zurich for overhaul with Swissair

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - September 28, 1956

Entered onto the British Aircraft Register as G-AOFC - ?

The aircraft was named 'Kuwait Emerite Special'

Sold to Japan Arabian Oil Company - August 09, 1958

Entered onto the Japanese Aircraft Register as JA-5048 - ?

Sold to International Drilling Company - December 25, 1958

Sold immediately to Norronafly, Norway - December 1958

Entered onto the Norwegian Aircraft Register as LN-IUA - ?

Sold to Beldex Corporation - June 15, 1960

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N556R - ?

Aircraft was reregistered N3338N - July 27, 1961

Sold to R. O. Naegele trading as Nagley Advertising - July 28, 1961

Sold to Rialto Company, San Francisco - December 26, 1962

Sold to Magnavox Company - November 18, 1963

Aircraft was reregistered as N295M - ?

Sold to AirResearch Aviation Co - May 14, 1971

Sold to Carolina Aircraft Corporation - May 28, 1971

Leased to Diversified Marketing Inc - September 20, 1971

Sold to Lax Electronics - August 24, 1973

Sold to Wilgren Electronics Corporation - November 18, 1974

Sold to National Equipment Rental Ltd, New York - March 27, 1975

Sold to Aviation International Resources Inc, Stratford, Connecticut - May 02, 1977

Sold to the Airplane Store then resold same day to Providence Air Charter - October 14, 1981

Sold to T.W. Hunt, Guildford, Connecticut - April 15, 1983

Operated by Combs Freight Air - June 1983

Sold to Air Safaris Inc, San Jose, California - January 23, 1986

Sold to M.B.M. Aircraft Leasing & Sales Inc, Miami, Florida - August 1991

Sold to Bahama Air Ferries, Daytona beach, Florida - April 17, 1995

Leased to Trans Florida Airlines Inc - April 1995

The aircraft was now used as a freighter

Operated final revenue service - September 12, 1999

It had flown 30,552 hrs 49 min

Withdrawn from service and placed in storage at Daytona Beach

 

VH-TAQ. TAA Trans-Australia Airlines - 'John Forrest ' in the original livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, date unknown.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1029-131.)

VH-TAQ. TAA Trans-Australia Airlines - 'John Forrest ' in the original livery over New Zealand, date unknown.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1029-018.)

VH-TAQ. TAA Trans-Australia Airlines - 'John Forrest ' in the original livery over New Zealand, date unknown.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1029-235.)

VH-TAQ. TAA Trans-Australia Airlines - 'John Forrest ' in the revised livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, date unknown.

(B. Colledge Copyright Image 1029-075.)

VH-TAQ. TAA Trans-Australia Airlines - 'John Forrest ' in the revised livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, date unknown.

(B. Colledge Copyright Image 1029-092.)

N295M. Magnavox - in the standard livery at Indianapolis Airport, May 30, 1968.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1029-203.)

N295M. Bill's Playpen - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, January 1975.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1029-202.)

N295M. Air Safaris - in the standard livery at San Jose Airport, March 1990.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1029-082.)

N295M. Air Safaris - in the standard livery at San Jose Airport, November 1992.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1029-058.)

N295M. Air Safaris - in the standard livery at Miami Airport, February 1995.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1029-266.)