VH-EBE. Douglas C-47A-45-DL. c/n 10000.
It was also registered as: VH-EBT and VH-SBB.
Construction of this aircraft was completed at the Douglas Long Beach plant, California - August 1943
It was built as a Douglas 'C-47A-45-DL'
It was allocated the U. S. serial number '42-24138'
It was delivered to the United States Army Air Force - August 05, 1943
It was transferred to Royal Australian Air Force under the 'lend / lease' agreement - August 23, 1943
Entered onto the Australian Military Aircraft Register as 'A65-18'
It was operated using the radio callsign 'VHCTR'
It served with No 33, No 35 Squadrons and 86 Transport Wing
It was withdrawn from use and struck off charge - 1948
Sold to Qantas Empire Airways - May 31, 1948
Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-EBE - December 09, 1948
Registered to Qantas Empire Airways Ltd, Sydney
Whilst in Qantas service the aircraft was not named
Reregistered as VH-EBT - January 24, 1958
Sold to Trans-Australia Airlines - September 01, 1960
The aircraft was named 'Cape Hoskins'
Operated its first Trans-Australia Airlines revenue service - September 01, 1960
Reregistered as VH-SBB - December 08, 1960
Registered to Australian National Airlines Commission, Melbourne
Transferred to New Guniea to operate the T. A. A. Sunbird Services
Operated its last T. A .A. Sunbird service - October 31, 1973
The aircraft was sold to Air Niugini - November 01, 1973
Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - June 01, 1974
Entered onto the New Guinea Aircraft Register as P2-SBB - June 01, 1974
Reregistered as P2-ANN - November 06, 1975
Operated its final Air Niugini revenue service - July 31, 1977
Withdrawn from use and placed in storage at Port Moresby Airport
Sold to Insured Aircraft Titles Service Inc as 'N5590K' - March 13, 1980
It was intended to be used in Thailand for Red Cross work which did not eventuate
Sold to J. J. Ford III - June 30, 1981
Sold to Bush Pilots Airways for use as spares - October 1981
Ownership transferred back to J. J. Ford III - June 1984
Remains still in existence at Port Moresby - 2001
Current status - ?
VH-EBT. Qantas - in the standard livery at Lae Airport, date unknown.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0251-411.)
VH-SBB. TAA Sunbird Services - in the standard livery at Lae Airport, July 1966.
(G. Bennett Collection Copyright Image 0250-969.)
VH-SBB. TAA Sunbird Services - in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, date unknown.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0250-328.)
VH-SBB. TAA Airlines of New Guinea - in the standard livery at Mt Hagen Airport, November 1972.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0250-268.)
VH-SBB. TAA Airlines of New Guinea - in the standard livery at Lae Airport, August 1973.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0250-992.)
P2-ANN. Air Niugini - in the standard livery at Lae Airport, December 1975.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0250-786.)