VH-AEY. Douglas C-47A-35-DL. c/n 9815.


 

Construction at the Douglas Long Beach plant

Built as a Douglas C-47A-35-DL

Delivered to the USAAF - July 5, 1943

Allocated U.S. serial number 42-23953

Arrived Amberley for use by 5th Air Force - August 15, 1943

Operated under radio callsign 'VHCGL'

Aircraft was named 'Hairless Joe'

Acquired by the Commonwealth of Australia / D.C.A. for use by airlines - June 1945

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-AEY - June 20, 1945

Registered to the Commonwealth of Australia

Leased to Qantas Empire Airways

Registered to Australian National Airlines Commission for T.A.A. - November 1, 1946

Aircraft was named 'McMillan' and later 'Wentworth'

Operated first TAA revenue service - November 1, 1946

Operated final revenue service as a freighter - August 11, 1962

Intended sale to Cruz Airlines, Philippines did not eventuate

Sold to Royal Netherlands Air Force as X-19 - August 18, 1962

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - September 17, 1962

Final fate of aircraft not ascertained to date

 


 

VH-AEY. Qantas Empire Airways - in the original livery at Sydney Airport, date unknown.

VH-AEY. Trans Australia Airlines - in the 'silver tail' livery at Essendon Airport, date unknown.

VH-AEY. Trans Australia Airlines - in the 'silver tail' livery at Essendon Airport, date unknown.
 

 

VH-AEY. Trans Australia Airlines - in the 'silver tail' livery at Sydney Airport, July 1962.