VH-TAJ. Douglas C-47A-20-DK. c/n 13085.


Construction completed at Oklahoma City plant - May 1944

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

Allocated U.S. serial number 42-93200

Transferred to the R.A.A.F. under lend / lease agreement as A65-51 - May 25, 1944

Operated using the radio callsign 'VHCIH'

Allocated to No 38, No 35 & No 36 Squadrons during the war

Sold to Trans Australia Airlines - September 25, 1946

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-TAJ - June 5, 1947

Registered to Australian National Airlines Commission

Aircraft was named 'McKinlay'

Operated first T.A.A. revenue service - June 6, 1947

Entrance door was modified to permit mail and supplies to dropped in flight - December 1957

This requirement was especially useful during the Queensland wet season

One of four airframes modified for this role - test flights carried out at Mangalore, Victoria

Operated final T.A.A. revenue service - July 12, 1968

Withdrawn from use and stored at Brisbane Airport pending sale

Sold to Australian Aircraft Sales - January 3, 1969

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - February 27, 1969

Sold to Seulawah Air Services - May 24, 1969

Entered onto the Indonesian Aircraft Register as PK-RDH

Withdrawn from use - 1972

Final disposition of this airframe still needs to be ascertained at this time


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

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

VH-TAJ. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - in the 'white-tail' livery at Sydney Airport, January 1964.