VH-EBG. Douglas C-47A-10-DK. c/n 12541.
It was also registered as: VH-EBV and VH-SBF.
This aircraft was constructed at the Douglas Oklahoma City plant - February 1944
It was built as a Douglas C-47A-10-DK
Allocated the U. S. serial number 42-92710
Transferred to the R. A. A. F. under lend / lease agreement as 'A65-42' - March 19, 1944
It operated in Australia using the radio callsign 'VHCUL'
Allocated to No 34 Squadron & No 86 Transport Wing during the war
Sold to Qantas Empire Airways - May 31, 1948
Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-EBG - January 05, 1949
Registered to Qantas Empire Airways Ltd, Sydney
Reregistered as VH-EBV - August 21, 1957
Pt was sold to Trans Australia Airlines - September 01, 1960
Operated its first revenue service for T. A. A. - September 01, 1960
The aircraft was named 'Pard Mustar'
Reregistered as VH-SBF - December 08, 1960
Registered to Australian National Airlines Commission, Melbourne
Transferred to New Guinea to operate the airline's 'Sunbird Services'
It sustained damage during a forced landing at Coffs Harbour - September 09, 1966
Repaired and returned to service
Operated its final revenue service with Trans-Australia Airlines - February 21, 1967
Withdrawn from use and stored pending sale
Sold to Winner Airways Corporation - September 20, 1967
Entered onto the Taiwanese Aircraft Register as B-309 - September 20, 1967
Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - September 20, 1967
Leased to China Airlines Ltd, Taiwan
This aircraft was destroyed when it crashed into Mount Paku, Taiwan - January 02, 1969
All 24 persons on board were killed
VH-EBG. Qantas Empire Airways - in the standard livery at Rabaul Airport, circa 1949.
(Qantas Heritage Collection Copyright Image 0251-424.)
VH-SBF. TAA Sunbird Services - in the standard livery at Lae Airport, date unknown.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0250-110.)
VH-SBF. TAA Sunbird Services - in the standard livery at Lae Airport, July 1966.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0250-974.)
VH-SBF. TAA Sunbird Services - in the standard livery at an unknown location, date unknown.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0251-714.)