VH-TAG. Douglas C-47A-20-DK. c/n 12875.

Was also registered as: VH-MAH and VH-MAV.


 

Construction completed at Oklahoma City plant - March 28, 1944

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

Allocated U.S. serial number 42-93011

Transferred to the R.A.A.F. under lend / lease agreement as A65-47 - April 15, 1944

Operated under the radio callsign 'VHCUO'

Allocated to No 33 Squadron - May 10, 1944

Allocated to No 36 Squadron - December 22, 1944

Allocated to No 1 Aircraft Disposal Unit - March 1, 1946

Sold to Trans Australia Airlines - August 22, 1946

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-TAG - October 11, 1946

Registered to Australian National Airlines Commission

Aircraft was named 'Giles' but later renamed 'Grant'

Operated first T.A.A. revenue service - November 22, 1946

Used to test surplus military radar sets for landing aircraft at Essendon Airport - June 1947

Chartered by Ansett Airways Pty Ltd to replace their damaged DC-3 VH-BZK - June 19 to August 18, 1950

Withdrawn from use and stored pending sale - September 21, 1959

Sold to Mandated Airlines - December 7, 1959

Registered to New Guinea Co. Ltd - December 14, 1959

Aircraft was equipped with 48 side-saddle seats

Reregistered as VH-MAH - November 11, 1960

Reregistered as VH-MAV - January 12, 1961

Registered to Ansett-M.A.L.

Reconfigured to seat 28 passengers

Registered to Ansett Airlines of Papua New Guinea - May 19, 1969

Withdrawn from service - July 28, 1969

Sold to Far Eastern Air Transport - July 1969

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - July 28, 1969

Entered onto the Taiwanese Aircraft Register as B-261

Operated by Cambodair & Winner Airways

Withdrawn from service - November 1979

Donated to the Republic of China Air Force as '261' as scrap - June 1, 1981

Final fate uncertain but believed to have been broken up

 


 

VH-TAG. Trans Australia Airlines - in the 'silver-tail' livery at Melbourne Airport, date unknown.

 

VH-MAH. Mandated Airlines - in the full livery, location & date unknown.

VH-MAV. Ansett-M.A.L. - in the full livery, location & date unknown.

VH-MAV. Ansett-M.A.L. - in the full livery at Goroka Airport, August 1966.

VH-MAV. Ansett-M.A.L. - in the full livery at Lae Airport, December 1968.