VH-TAS. Convair 240-5. c/n 93.

 

This aircraft was ordered new by Trans Australia Airlines - ?

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

Entered onto Australian Aircraft Register as VH-TAS - October 08, 1948

Registered to Australian National Airlines Commission, Melbourne

Departed San Diego on the delivery flight to Australia - October 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 named 'James Cook' and later 'Thomas Mitchell'

Operated first revenue service - November 03, 1948

Established a speed record for flight Melbourne (Essendon ) - Hobart of 74 minutes - March 27, 1954

Operated final revenue service - June 22, 1956

Withdrawn from use and stored at Melbourne (Essendon) Airport

Sold to Pakistan International Airlines - July 04, 1956

Departed Melbourne (Essendon) on the ferry flight to Pakistan - July 07, 1956

Arrived Karachi on completion of the ferry flight - July 08, 1956

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

New Delhi - Karachi

Cancelled from Australian Aircraft Register - July 13, 1956

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

Sold to N.V. Fokker as a trade for Pakistan International Airlines Friendship - October 17, 1959

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

Operated by Euravia Air Charter N.V.

Sold to Beldex Corporation - July 06, 1960

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N559R - ?

Ferried to St Louis for fitment of executive interior by Remmert-Warner

Sold to Peabody Coal Company, St Louis - January 06, 1961

Sold to Louis Larramore, California - September 30, 1961

Reregistered as N559L - ?

Sold to Beldex Corporation - May 11, 1962

Reregistered as N568R - ?

Sold to Stephens Inc, Little Rock, Arizona - February 14, 1963

Sold to Little Rock Airmotive, then to Faberge Inc - September 21, 1970

Reregistered as N396CG - ?

Sold to Western Commander Inc - August 22, 1972

Ownership transferred to Western Leasing Corporation - August 23, 1972

Sold to the Summa Corportation (Howard Hughes) - August 21, 1974

Sold to Kings Point Corporation, Las Vagas - February 25, 1977

Sold to Gemini Management Corporation, Tulsa, Oklahoma - November 09, 1977

Sold to H. A. Cousins, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan - July 24, 1980

Cancelled from the United States Aircraft Register - February 20, 1981

Placed in storage at Pontiac Airport, Michigan

Restored to the United States Aircraft Register as N396CG - ?

Sold to C & M Airways Inc, Longview, Texas - August 25, 1989

Sold to Garr Aero Inc, Stillwater, Oklahoma - November 29, 1989

Sold to R. Stevenson, Haskell, Oklahoma - January 05, 1990

Sold to Gunnell Aviation Inc, Santa Monica, California - June 1991

Sold to E. A. Schnepf, Tucson, Arizona - October 29, 1993

Used as a personal transport by singer Glenn Campbell

Withdrawn from service and stored at Camarillo Airport, California as non airworthy - 1999

Reportedly being held in storage for a Camarillo museum since 2003

Acquired by California Air Heritage Foundation - August 2009

Observed being dismantled at Camarillo Airport - August / October 2010

Aircraft to be displayed at Proud Bird Restaurant near Los Angles Airport - 2011

Current status - ?

 

VH-TAS. TAA Trans-Australia Airlines - 'James Cook' in the original livery at an unknown location, date unknown.

(E. D. Daw Collection Copyright Image 1029-024.)

VH-TAS. TAA Trans-Australia Airlines - 'James Cook' in the original livery at an unknown location, date unknown.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1029-134.)

VH-TAS. TAA Trans-Australia Airlines - 'James Cook' in the revised livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, date unknown.

(E. Coates Collection Copyright Image 1029-141.)

VH-TAS. TAA Trans-Australia Airlines - 'James Cook' in the revised livery at an unknown airport, date unknown.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1029-033.)

N396CG. Garr Aero Inc - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, November 1989.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1029-140.)

N396CG. Gunnell Aviation - in the standard livery at Sacramento Metro Airport, June 1991.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1029-062.)

N396CG. E. A. Schnepf - in the Gunnell Aviation livery at Tucson Airport, July 1993.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1029-063.)