VH-TAR. Convair CV-240-5. c/n 92.


 

Ordered new by Trans Australia Airlines

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

Registered to Australian National Airlines Commission

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

Departed San Diego on delivery flight to Australia - October 8, 1948

Arrived Melbourne at conclusion of delivery flight - October 24, 1948

Delivery route: London-Rome-Nicosia-Basra-Karachi-Delhi-Calcutta-Rangoon-Singapore-Makasar-

Darwin-Alice Springs-Adelaide-Melbourne

Originally named 'Thomas Mitchell' but later 'William Dampier', 'John Roe' and 'James Cook'

Entered service with Trans Australia Airlines - November 7, 1948

Leased to Guinea Airways - July 1, 1958 to August 1, 1959

Operated first Guinea Airways revenue service - July 28, 1958

Re-entered T.A.A. service - August 1, 1959

Sold to Beldex Corporation - November 25, 1959

Entered onto the U.S. Aircraft Register as N9314R

Departed Melbourne on delivery flight to the United States - November 25, 1959

Arrived in Pompano Beach at conclusion of delivery flight - December 6, 1959

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

Bahrain-Kartoum-Fort Lamy-Accra-Assension Island-Natal-Belem-Port of Spain-Kingston-Miami

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - December 7, 1959

Sold to Monsanto Chemical Company - December 7, 1959

Aircraft was reregistered as N2007

Sold to General Dynamics Inc - January 1965

Reregistered as N240R

Converted to 'CV-600' configuration - 1965

Sold to Stromberg-Carlson Corporation, Rochester - December 7, 1970

Reregistered as N123SC

Sold to Aviation Office of America - January 30, 1975

Sold to Miami Aviation Corporation - April 12, 1976

Sold to Aerolineas Colonia (ARCO), Uruguay - April 12, 1976

Entered onto the Uruguayan Aircraft Register as CX-BJL

Withdrawn from service and stored at Laguna de los Patos, Uruguay - November 1986

Reported to be in a poor condition minus engines - 2002

 


 

VH-TAR. Trans Australia Airlines - in the original all-metal livery, location & date unknown.

VH-TAR. Trans Australia Airlines - in the 'white roof' livery at Melbourne Airport, date unknown.

VH-TAR. Trans Australia Airlines - in the 'white roof' livery with Royal Crest, location & date unknown.

VH-TAR. Trans Australia Airlines - in the 'white roof' livery at Melbourne Airport, date unknown.

VH-TAR. Trans Australia Airlines - in the 'white roof' livery at Melbourne Airport, date unknown.

VH-TAR. Trans Australia Airlines - in the 'white roof' livery at Melbourne Airport, date unknown.
 

 

VH-TAR. Guinea Airways Limited - in full TAA livery at Melbourne Airport, November 1958.

 

N240R. General Dynamics - after the conversion to turboprop configuration, May 1967.

N240R. General Dynamics - in the full livery at Los Angeles Airport, February 1968.

N240R. General Dynamics - in the full livery at an unknown airport, November 1969.

N123SC. Aviation Office of America - in the full livery at Opa Locka Airport, April 1975.

N123SC. Aviation Office of America - in the full livery at opa Locka Airport, February 1976.

N123SC. Arco - in Aviation Office of America livery at Miami Airport, May 1976.
 

CX-BJL. Arco - in the full livery at Buenos Aires Airport, June 1978.

CX-BJL. Arco - in the full livery at Buenos Aires Airport, January 1979.