VH-AIJ. Douglas C-47A-15-DK. c/n 12667. Was also registered as: VH-EBJ.
Construction completed at the Douglas Oklahoma City plant - February 1944
Built as a Douglas C-47A-15-DK
Allocated the U. S. serial number 42-92824
Delivered to the United States Army Air Force - March 02, 1944
Accepted by the 58th Troop Carrier Squadron, Bisbane (Archerfield) - April 09, 1944
Allocated the radio call-sign 'VHCGZ'
Known to have operated out of Brisbane and Tacoblan during the war
Sold to Qantas Empire Airways - Decemember 1945
Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-AIJ - December 12, 1945
Registered to Qantas Empire Airways Ltd, Brisbane
Leased to Trans Australia Airlines - October 01, 1948
Aircraft was named 'Gilbert'
Returned to Qantas Empire Airways - March 31, 1949
Reregistered as VH-EBJ - September 30, 1949
This aircraft was used in rain-making experiments by the C.S.I.R.O. - 1950
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Sold to Royal Thai Air Force - October 30, 1953
Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - ?
Aircraft was destroyed when it crashed at Korat, Thailand - March 31, 1956
VH-AIJ. Qantas Empire Airways - in the all-metal livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, circa 1947.
(Qantas Heritage Collection Copyright Image 0251-425.)
VH-AIJ. Qantas Empire Airways - in the all-metal livery at Brisbane Airport, circa 1947.
(Qantas Heritage Collection Copyright Image 0251-474.)