VH-TAI. Douglas C-47A-45-DL. c/n 9998.


Construction completed at Long Beach, California - August 6, 1943

Built as a Douglas C-47A-45-DL

Allocated U.S. serial number 42-24136

Transferred to R.A.A.F. under lend / lease agreement as A65-16 - August 23, 1943

Operated using radio callsign 'VHCTP'

Served with No 33 and No 35 Squadrons

Withdrawn from use and struck off charge - September 23, 1946

Sold to Trans Australia Airlines

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-TAI - December 5, 1946

Registered to Australian National Airlines Commission

Converted to passenger configuration to enter service with T.A.A. - July 8, 1947

Aircraft was named 'Oxley' but later changed to 'Baudin'

Was modified to facilitate mail drops in Queensland during the wet season

Leased to East West Airlines - February 1, 1966 to January 12, 1967

Operated TAA's last DC-3 mainland service Miles-Brisbane - October 11, 1968

Withdrawn from use and placed in open storage pending sale - October 22, 1968

Sold to Bakhara Haven Pty Ltd of Sydney, N.S.W. - July 10, 1969

Registered to Bakhara Haven Pty Ltd - October 16, 1969

Sold to Jetair Australia Ltd - November 19, 1969

Aircraft was named 'Thomas Barton'

Sold to Department of Foreign Affairs when Jetair ceased operations - March 12, 1971

Donated as Foreign Aid to the Laos Air Force - August 1971

Allocated the serial number '998'

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - September 30, 1971

Final fate not confirmed but believed to have been scrapped in 1974


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