VH-ANT. Douglas C-47A-50-DL. c/n 10078.


 

Construction completed at the Long Beach plant - August 1943

Built as a Douglas C-47A-50-DL

Delivered to the United States Army Air Force - August 20, 1943

Allocated the United States Airmy Air Force serial number 42-24216

Delivered to United States 5th Air Force at Brisbane - September 20, 1943

Due to its poor condition it was condemned - October 01, 1944

Sold to Australian National Airways - 1945

Converted to civilian standards including the fitment of Wright GR-1820-G202A cyclone engines

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-ANT (CofR 892) - March 13, 1946

Registered to Australian National Airways Pty Ltd

Aircraft was named 'Wandana' (district in Ceduna)

Used by Guinea Airways on various services - 1946

Conversion to freighter configuration completed - December 1960

Withdrawn from use and stored at Melbourne (Essendon) Airport - 1968

Sold to Australian Aircraft Sales - November 08, 1968

Sold to Laos Air Charter - November 1968

Entered onto the Loatian Aircraft Register as XW-TDM - November 1968

The incorrect registration 'XW-TDK' was painted on the aircraft

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - November 19, 1968

Accepted by Laos Air Charter at Melbourne (Essendon) Airport - November 28, 1968

Departed Melbourne on ferry flight to Laos - November 29, 1968

Aircraft carried some 2,860 kg of spare DC-3 parts including 2 spare engines

Transferred to Air Union, Laos - ?

Aircraft was destroyed when it was shot down by communist rebel ground fire - May 19, 1973

Aircraft was taking off from Suay Rieng, 125 km south east of Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Killed were the two crew and nine passengers on board

 


 

VH-ANT. Australian National Airways - in the standard livery at Melbourne Airport, date unknown.

VH-ANT. Australian National Airways - in the standard livery at Melbourne Airport, date unknown.
VH-ANT. Ansett-ANA - in the standard 'Cargoliner' livery at Brisbane Airport, date unknown.

VH-ANT. Ansett-ANA - in the basic 'Cargoliner' livery at Melbourne Airport, November 1968.

XW-TDK. Australian Aircraft Sales - in the basic Ansett livery at Melbourne Airport, November 1968.
XW-TDK. Australian Aircraft Sales - in the basic Ansett livery at Melbourne Airport, November 1968.