VH-AEZ. Douglas C-47A-35-DL. c/n 9811.

It was also registered as: VH-EWD and VH-BAM.

 

Construction of this aircraft was completed at the Douglas Long Beach plant - July 03, 1943

It was built as a Douglas C-47A-35-DL

Delivered to the United States Army Air Force - July 03, 1943

Allocated the U. S. serial number '42-23949'

It arrived at Brisbane (Amberley) for use by 5th Air Force - August 13, 1943

It was operated using the radio callsign 'VHCGM'

The aircraft was named 'Sacktime Express'

Acquired by the Commonwealth of Australia / Department of Civil Aviation for use by the airlines - May 1945

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-AEZ - May 02, 1945

Registered to the Commonwealth of Australia, Melbourne

Leased to Qantas Empire Airways as the registered operator

Registered to Australian National Airlines Commission, Melbourne - April 24, 1947

Leased to Trans Australia Airlines, Melbourne as the registered operator

The aircraft was named 'Currie'

Whilst in T. A .A. service it was utilised as a freighter with rear double doors freight doors

Operated final Trans Australia Airlines revenue service - February 17, 1955

Sold to East West Airlines Ltd, Tamworth - February 18, 1955

Reregistered as VH-EWD - March 10, 1955

The aircraft was renamed 'Lachlan City'

It was initially operated with 21 passenger seats but reconfigured to seat 28 passengers in 1956

Leased to M. M. A. - October 1965 to February 1966

Sold to Brain and Brown Pty Ltd - October 31, 1966

Reregistered as VH-BAM - October 31, 1966

Registered to Brain and Brown Airfreighters Pty Ltd - June 22, 1972

Withdrawn from use at Melbourne (Essendon) - August 17, 1975

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - August 18, 1975

Returned to the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-BAM - August 20, 1975

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - August 21, 1975

Used as a source of spare parts before final scrapping at Essendon - September 22, 1979

 

VH-EWD. East-West Airlines - 'Lachlan City' in the original livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, date unknown.

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VH-EWD. EWA East -West Airlines - 'Lachlan City' in the revised livery at an unknown airport, date unknown.

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VH-EWD. EWA East-West Airlines - 'Lachlan City' in the revised livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith irport, May 1960.

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VH-EWD. EWA East-West Airlines - 'Lachlan City' in the revised livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, June 1960.

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VH-EWD. East-West Airlines - 'Lachlan City' in the final livery at Tamworth Airport, date unknown.

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VH-BAM. Brain & Brown Airfreighters Pty Ltd - in the original livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, January 1967.

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VH-BAM. Brain & Brown Airfreighters Pty Ltd - in the original livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, February 1969.

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VH-BAM. BBA Cargo - in the revised livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, March 1972.

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VH-BAM. BBA Cargo - in the final livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, January 12, 1974.

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VH-BAM. BBA Cargo - in the final livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, January 12, 1974.

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VH-BAM. BBA Cargo - in the final livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, January 12, 1974.

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VH-BAM. BBA Cargo - in the final livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, March 16, 1975.

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VH-BAM. BBA Cargo - in the final livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, July 1975.

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VH-BAM. BBA Cargo - in the final livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, July 1975.

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VH-BAM. BBA Cargo - in the final livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, October 1977.

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VH-BAM. BBA Cargo - in the final livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, October 1977.

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VH-BAM. BBA Cargo - in the final livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, March 1979.

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