VH-TAH. Douglas C-47A-50-DL. c/n 10001

was also registered as: VH-SBN.


Construction completed at Long Beach, California - August 5, 1943

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

Allocated U.S. serial number 42-24139

Transferred to the Royal Australian Air Force under lend / lease agreement as A65-19 - August 1943

Used the radio callsign 'VHCTS'

Allocated to No 33 & No 35 Squadrons & No 9 Communication Unit during the war

Withdrawn from use and struck off charge - September 1946

Sold to the Department of Civil Aviation - September 1946

Transferred to Trans Australia Airlines - September 20, 1946

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-TAH - December 9, 1946

Registered to Australian National Airlines Commission

Aircraft was named 'Cobb' and later 'Strezlecki'

Operated its first revenue service as a freighter with T.A.A. - February 3, 1947

Reregistered as VH-SBN - April 10, 1962

Transferred to New Guinea to operated 'Sun Bird' services

Chartered by East West Airlines for short period - July 1968

Withdrawn from service and stored pending sale - September 30, 1968

Sold to Bakhara Haven Pty Ltd - July 3, 1969

Sold to Jetair Australia Ltd - December 31, 1969

Withdrawn from use and stored Sydney when Jetair ceased operations - 1971

Sold to Department of Foreign Affairs - March 12, 1971

Donated as Foreign Aid to the Cambodian Air Force as '24139'

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - March 12, 1971

Final fate of aircraft not confirmed but presumed scrapped


VH-SBN. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - in the 'white tail' livery at Melbourne Airport, date unknown.

VH-SBN. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - in the 'white tail' livery at Melbourne Airport, date unknown.

VH-SBN. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - in the 'white tail' livery at Brisbane Airport, date unknown.

VH-SBN. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - in the 'white tail' livery at Melbourne Airport, February 1966.

VH-SBN. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - in the 'white tail' livery at Melbourne Airport, February 1966.

VH-SBN. TAA - in the basic livery at Melbourne's Essendon Airport, June 1969.

VH-SBN. TAA - in the basic livery at Sydney's Bankstown Airport, June 1969.

VH-SBN. TAA - in the basic livery at Sydney's Bankstown Airport, July 1969.

VH-SBN. Jetair - in the full livery with original titles at Sydney's Bankstown Airport, January 1970.

VH-SBN. Jetair - in the full livery with original titles at Sydney's Bankstown Airport, January 1970.

VH-SBN. Jetairlines of Australia - in the full livery at Sydney's Bankstown Airport, December 1970.

VH-SBN. Jetairlines of Australia - in the full livery at Sydney's Bankstown Airport, December 1970.

VH-SBN. Jetairlines of Australia - in the full livery at Melbourne's Essendon Airport, January 1971.

VH-SBN. Australian Aid - in the full livery at Melbourne's Essendon Airport, March 1971.

VH-SBN. Australian Aid - in the full livery at Melbourne's Essendon Airport, March 1971.

VH-SBN. Australian Aid - in the full livery at Melbourne's Essendon Airport, March 1971.