VH-ANH. Douglas C-50-DO. c/n 4120.

 

Construction completed at Long Beach, California - July 31, 1941

Originally built for American Airlines as a DC-3-277D

Modified before delivery to DC-3-396 standard for the United States Army Air Force

Delivered to U. S. A. A .F. at San Antonio, Texas - August 02, 1941

Allocated the U. S. serial number 41-7698

Allocated to the 5th Air Force and delivered to Archerfield, Brisbane - September 17, 1942

Used by 21st Troop Carrier Squadron with the radio callsign 'VHCDJ'

Aircraft was named 'Narth Nikka'

Allocated to 36 Squadron R. A. A. F. - January 19, 1943

Involved in training activities at Ross River before being transferred to operations in Papua New Guinea

Delivered to C. A .C. at Fishermen's Bend, Victoria for modification and fumigation - March 29, 1943

Returned to U. S. A. A .F. - April 30, 1943

Received by 36 Squadron R. A. A .F. - June 28, 1943

Returned to U. S. A. A. F. - April 28, 1944

Transferred to Guinea Airways at Adelaide (Parafield) - May 02, 1944

Operated by Guinea Airways for Allied Directorate of Air Transport using the radio call-sign 'VHCDJ'

Reengined with Pratt and Whitney R-1820-97 engines from a Lockheed Lodestar - July 1944

Returned to U. S. A. A. F. - August 12, 1944

Sold to Guinea Airways - May 05, 1946

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-ANH - May 22, 1946

Registered to Guinea Airways Ltd

Transferred to Australian National Airways - July 01, 1946

Conversion to civilian standards completed by A.N.A. at Melbourne (Essendon) with 24 seats - September 06, 1946

Registered to Australian National Airways Pty Ltd, Melbourne - July 15, 1946

Aircraft named 'Tullana' (tongue)

Acquired an experimental white-top livery - September 1951

Registered to Ansett-A.N.A. - October 04, 1957

Registered to Airlines of South Australia Pty Ltd - February 14, 1961

Aircraft did not enter service with Airlines of South Australia

Registered to Ansett-A.N.A. - June 1963

Utilised on Victorian Air Coach Services until August 29, 1966

Operated the last scheduled Ansett-ANA Victorian Air Coach DC-3 passenger service - May 09, 1967

Route: Melbourne (Essendon) - Warracknabeal - Horsham - Melbourne (Essendon)

Transferred to Airlines of N. S. W. - May 1968

Operated final Airlines of N. S .W. service Coffs Harbour - Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - December 24, 1970

Ferried Sydney - Melbourne (Essendon) for open storage in the 'Essendon Graveyard' - December 30, 1970

Registered to Consolidated Aviation Holdings Pty Ltd - March 09, 1971

Rolled out in basic Ansett 'delta' livery at Essendon Airport for Australian Aircraft Sales - April 06, 1971

A. A. S. titles applied on the forward cabin roof

Was painted to match the two other DC-3s that A. A. S. had for sale, these being VH-ANX and VH-ANZ

Registered to Ansett Airlines of Australia - February 14, 1972

Ferried Melbourne (Essendon) - Melbourne (Tullamarine) Airport - August 16, 1972

Entered the Ansett paintshop for painting into complete Ansett Airlines of Australia 'delta' livery

Leased to the Moorabbin Air Museum at a nominal fee of 10 cents per year for 10 years - August 27, 1972

Ferried Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Melbourne (Moorabbin) Airport - August 27, 1972

Flight crew: Captain P. Gibbs; F/O Captain R. de Lissa; Hostess K. Laing

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - September 01, 1972

Aircraft had flown 43,300 hours

On permanent display at the Moorabbin Air Museum

 

VH-ANH. Australian National Airways - 'Tullana' in the revised livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, date unknown.

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VH-ANH. Australian National Airways - 'Tullana' in the revised livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, date unknown.

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VH-ANH. Australian National Airways - 'Tullana' in the revised livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, date unknown.

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VH-ANH. Ansett-ANA - in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, May 1968.

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VH-ANH. Ansett-ANA - in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, May 1968.

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VH-ANH. Ansett-ANA - in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, May 1968.

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VH-ANH. Ansett-ANA - in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, May 1968.

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VH-ANH. Ansett-ANA - in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, May 1968.

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VH-ANH. Ansett-ANA - in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, May 1968.

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VH-ANH. Ansett-ANA - in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, May 1968.

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VH-ANH. Ansett-ANA - in the standard livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, date unknown.

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VH-ANH. Ansett-ANA - in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, July 1969.

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VH-ANH. Ansett-ANA - in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, April 1970.

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VH-ANH. Ansett-ANA - in the standard livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, December 1970.

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VH-ANH. Ansett-ANA - in the standard livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, February 13, 1971.

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VH-ANH. Ansett-ANA - in the standard livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, March 1971.

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VH-ANH. A.A.S. Australian Aircraft Sales - in the basic Ansett 'delta' livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, May 1971.

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VH-ANH. A.A.S. Australian Aircraft Sales - in the basic Ansett 'delta' livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, July 1971.

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VH-ANH. Ansett Airlines of Australia - in the basic 'delta' livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, August 1972.

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VH-ANH. Ansett Airlines of Australia - in the 'delta' livery at Melbourne Moorabbin Airport, August 1972.

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VH-ANH. Ansett Airlines of Australia - in the 'delta' livery at Melbourne Moorabbin Airport, August 1972.

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VH-ANH. Ansett Airlines of Australia - in the 'delta' livery at Melbourne Moorabbin Airport, September 1975.

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