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

 

This aircraft was ordered new by Trans-Australia Airlines - ?

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

Registered to Australian National Airlines Commission, Melbourne

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

Construction was completed - September 21, 1948

Departed San Diego on the delivery flight to Australia - October 08, 1948

Arrived Melbourne (Essendon) on completion of the delivery flight - October 24, 1948

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

Nicosia - Basra - Karachi - Delhi - Calcutta - Rangoon - Singapore - Makasar - Darwin - Alice Springs - Adelaide -

Melbourne

The aircraft was originally named 'Thomas Mitchell'

It was later named 'William Dampier', 'John Roe' and 'James Cook'

Entered service with Trans-Australia Airlines - November 07, 1948

Leased to Guinea Airways - July 01, 1958 to August 01, 1959

Operated first Guinea Airways revenue service - July 28, 1958

Re-entered T. A. A. service - August0 1, 1959

Sold to Beldex Corporation - November 25, 1959

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N9314R - ?

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

Arrived in Pompano Beach on compoletion of the ferry flight - December 06, 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 07, 1959

Sold to Monsanto Chemical Company - December 07, 1959

The aircraft was reregistered as N2007 - ?

Sold to General Dynamics Inc - January 1965

Reregistered as N240R - ?

Converted to 'CV-600' configuration by General Dynamics - 1965

Sold to Stromberg-Carlson Corporation, Rochester - December 07, 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

Cancelled from the United States Aircraft Register - ?

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Withdrawn from service and stored at Laguna de los Patos, Uruguay - November 1986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

Current status - ?

 

VH-TAR. TAA Trans-Australia Airlines - 'Thomas Mitchell' in the original livery at an unknown airport, date unknown.

(E. D. Daw Collection Copyright Image 1029-089.)

VH-TAR. TAA Trans-Australia Airlines - 'Thomas Mitchell' in the revised livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, date unknown.

(E. Coates Collection Copyright Image 1029-132.)

VH-TAR. TAA Trans-Australia Airlines - 'Thomas Mitchell' in the revised livery with the additional 'Royal Crest' at an unknown location, date unknown.

(E. D. Daw Collection Copyright Image 1029-020.)

VH-TAR. TAA Trans-Australia Airlines - 'Thomas Mitchell' in the revised livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, date unknown.

(B. Colledge Copyright Image 1029-076.)

VH-TAR. TAA Trans-Australia Airlines - 'William Dampier' in the revised livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, date unknown.

(E. D. Daw Collection Copyright Image 1029-021.)

VH-TAR. TAA Trans-Australia Airlines - 'William Dampier' in the revised livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, date unknown.

(E. D. Daw Collection Copyright Image 1029-022.)

VH-TAR. Guinea Airways Limited - 'John Roe' in the T.A.A. livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, November 1958.

(E. Coates Collection Copyright Image 1029-115.)

N240R. General Dynamics - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, May 1967.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1029-106.)

N240R. General Dynamics - in the standard livery at Los Angeles Airport, February 21, 1968.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1029-204.)

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

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1029-094.)

N123SC. Aviation Office Of America - in the standard livery at Miami Opa Locka Airport, April 1975.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1029-137.)

N123SC. Aviation Office Of America - in the standard livery at Miami Opa Locka Airport, February 1976.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1029-138.)

N123SC. Arco - in the basic Aviation Office Of America livery at Miami Opa Locka Airport, May 1976.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1029-139.)

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

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1029-104.)

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

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1029-103.)