VH-SBW. Douglas C-47A-20-DK. c/n 15665-27110.


 

Construction completed at the Douglas Oklahoma City plant - July 15, 1944

Built as a Douglas C-47A-20-DK

Delivered to United States Army Air Force - ?

Allocated the U. S. serial number 43-49849

Transferred to the Royal Air Force under lend / lease agreement - January 16, 1945

Allocated the Royal Air Force serial number KN241

Officially designated as a 'Dakota IV'

Arrived England on delivery to the Royal Air Force - April 22, 1945

Issued to No 435 and No 436 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force, India

Returned to R.A.F. in England and issued to No 46 Squadron - April 1946

Withdrawn from use and struck-off charge - 1953

Sold to Lamberts Trust - April 10, 1953

Entered onto the British Aircraft Register as G-AMZH - May 02, 1953

Registered to E. L. Niarchos t/a Transair Ltd

Aircraft was operated as an executive transport

Sold and registered to Travelair Ltd - February 20, 1963

Sold and registered to Handley Page Ltd - November 26, 1963

Sold to Trans Australia Airlines - May 1965

Arrived Melbourne (Essendon) at the conclusion of the ferry flight - May 16, 1965

Cancelled from the British Aircraft Register - May 20, 1965

Ferried Melbourne (Essendon) - Sydney (Bankstown) for conversion to company specifications by Hawker de Havilland

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-SBW - September 22, 1965

Registered to the Australian National Airlines Commission

Aircraft was named 'Jim Taylor' but later changed to 'Popondetta'

Operated first revenue service with T.A.A. - September 22, 1965

Transferred to Papua New Guinea to operate T.A.A.'s Sunbird Services

Ferried to Sydney (Bankstown) for repainting into company's new 1970s color scheme - November 1969

Operated final revenue service with T.A.A. - October 31, 1973

Sold to Air Niugini - November 01, 1973

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - March 04, 1974

Entered onto the Papua New Guinea Aircraft Register as P2-SBW - March 04, 1974

Reregistered as P2-ANQ - December 03, 1975

Operated final revenue service with Air Niugini - July 31, 1977

Withdrawn from use and placed in open storage at Port Moresby Airport

Mounted on a pole and displayed outside the Air Niugini offices at Port Morseby Airport - May 1979

Current

 


 

VH-SBW. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - in the standard livery at Melbourne Airport, date unknown.
VH-SBW. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - in the revised livery at an unknown airport, date unknown.
VH-SBW. TAA - in the final livery at Brisbane Airport, January 1972.

VH-SBW. TAA - in the final livery at Mt Hagen Airport, August 1973.

P2-SBW. Air Niugini - in the standard livery at Lae Airport, May 1974.
P2-ANQ. Air Niugini - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, June 1976.
P2-ANQ. Air Niugini - in the standard livery at Port Moresby Airport, January 1982.