VH-AEO. Douglas C-47-DL. c/n 6051. Was also registered as: VH-DAS.
Construction completed at the Douglas Long Beach plant, California - November 10, 1942
Built as a Douglas C-47-DL
Allocated the U. S. serial number 41-38668
Delivered to the United States Army Air Force at Mobile, Alabama - November 29, 1942
Allocated to the 5th Air Force and delivered to Archerfield, Brisbane - January 12, 1943
Used by 6 Troop Carrier Squadron with the radio callsign 'VHCHF'
Used by 39th Troop Carrier Squadron with the radio callsign 'VHCHJ'
Aircraft was named 'Geronimo'
This aircraft was mainly based at Mareeba, North Queensland
Sustained major damage at Charters Towers - June 23, 1943
Repaired to airworthy condition at Melbourne (Essendon) Airport
Sold to the Department of Civil Aviation having flown 1,888 hours - July 10, 1944
Converted to civilian standards with 24 seats by Australian National Airways at Melbourne (Essendon)
Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-AEO - March 09, 1945
Registered to Commonwealth of Australia / Department of Civil Aviation, Melbourne
Leased to Australian National Airways as the registered operator - March 1945
Chartered to Guinea Airways - 1946
Transferred to Trans Australia Airlines - June 18, 1946
Registered to Australian National Airlines Commission, Melbourne -?
When the aircraft was taken over to be operated by the then newly formed T.A.A. it had amassed some 7,383 hours
Aircraft was named 'Cunningham'
Entered service with Trans Australia Airlines - July 03, 1946
Operated the inaugural Melbourne (Laverton) - Adelaide service - December 02, 1946
This flight was crewed by Captain D. K. McDonald (command), Captain G. J. White and hostess A. Kitching
Leased to Qantas Empire Airways for use as a freighter - 1948
Ferried to Sydney (Bankstown) for conversion to survey configuration by Fairey Clyde Aviation - January 19, 1957
Ferried Sydney (Bankstown) - Adelaide following the conversion - January 28, 1958
Leased to the South Australian Lands Commission but operated by T.A.A. flight crews
Aircraft was named 'Clive Hambridge' - after the South Australian Surveyor General
Reregistered as VH-DAS - January 28, 1958
Operated first survey flight in the Naracoorte area - February 02, 1958
Sold to East West Airlines Ltd with the lease continuing - March 01, 1975
Registered to East West Airlines, Tamworth - March 17, 1975
Aircraft had flown 41,206 hours to date
Ferried Adelaide - Tamworth for repainting into current East West livery - June 1975
Returned to Adelaide and continued survey flying
Ferried Adelaide - Tamworth and withdrawn from use - December 21, 1976
Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - March 17, 1977
Sold to Travmar Holdings Pty Ltd - December 1978
Ferried Tamworth - Maitland where it was stored and used as a source of spares for their other DC-3s
Transported by road to Cairns, Queensland for use in the movie 'Sky Pirates'
At the conclusion of the filming it was transported to Tonkins Metal Industries scrapyard, Cairns
Fuselage was rescued and transported to Kuranda Homestead on three semi-trailers - April 1984
Last reported to be in very derelict condition with back broken
Current status - ?
VH-AEO. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - in the revised livery at Melbourne Airport, date unknown.
VH-DAS. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - in the standard livery at Adelaide Airport, December 1971.
VH-DAS. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - in the standard livery at Adelaide Airport, April 1921.
VH-DAS. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - in the standard livery at Tamworth Airport, June 1975.
VH-DAS. East West - in the final livery at Adelaide Airport, December 1975.
VH-DAS. East West - in the final livery at Adelaide Airport, January 1976.
VH-DAS. Travmar - in the basic East West livery at Maitland Airport, April 1979.
VH-DAS. Travmar - in the basic East West livery at Maitland Airport, April 1980.