VH-AEX. Douglas C-47-DL. c/n 6071.
Construction of this aircraft was completed at the Douglas Long Beach plant - November 30, 1942
It was built as a Douglas C-47-DL
Delivered to the United States Army Air Force - December 1942
Allocated U. S. serial number '41-38676'
It arrived at Brisbane (Amberley) for use by 5th Air Force - November 11, 1943
It was operated by the 21st Troop Carrier Squadron using the radio callsign 'VHCFL'
It was operated by the 6th Troop Carrier Squadron using the radio callsign 'VHCCY'
The aircraft was named 'Swamp Rat II'
Acquired by the Commonwealth of Australia / D.C.A. for use by Australian airlines - July 10, 1944
It had flown only 1,980 hours 10 minutes
Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-AEX - July 11, 1944
Registered to the Commonwealth of Australia, Melbourne
Leased to Guinea Airways Pty Ltd for use as a freighter - July 11, 1944
Converted to passenger configuration - November 17, 1944
Returned to Commonwealth of Australia - March 14, 1947
Registered to Australian National Airlines Commission, Melbourne - March 28, 1947
This aircraft was allocated to Trans-Australia Airlines
Ithad now flown 8,125 hours 30 minutes to date
The aircraft was named 'Phillip'
Operated its first service with Trans-Australia Airlines - March 28, 1947
Withdrawn from service and placed in storage at Melbourne (Essendon) - June 12, 1957
It had now flown 33,522 hours
Sold to Aero Equipment, Sydney - August 07, 1957
Sold to West African Airways Corporation - August 09, 1957
Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - August 19, 1957
Entered onto the Nigerian Aircraft Register as VR-NCM - September 05, 1957
The aircraft was named 'Calabar'
Registered to W. A. A. (Nigeria) Ltd - October 01, 1958
Reregistered 5N-AAM - 1960
Transferred to Nigerian Air Force as 'AAM' - August 28, 1967
Withdrawn from use - 1972
Believed to have been broken-up at Lagos Airport, Nigeria - 1977 - 1978
VH-AEX. Trans-Australia Airlines - 'Phillip' in the revised livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, date unknown.
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