VH-TAK. Douglas C-47A-25-DK. c/n 13338.


Construction completed at Oklahoma City plant - May 1944

Built as a Douglas C-47A-25-DK

Allocated U.S. serial number 42-108949

Transferred to the R.A.A.F. under lend / lease agreement as A65-52 - June 4, 1944

Operated using the radio callsign 'VHCIJ'

Allocated to No 38 and No 34 Squadrons during the war

Sold to Trans Australia Airlines - September 25, 1946

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

Registered to Australian National Airlines Commission

Aircraft was named 'Evans' but later renamed 'Burke' and then 'Cobb'

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

Chartered by Victorian Department of Lands & Survey on ad hoc basis from August 5, 1961

Utilised to drop 100,000 poisoned baits in forest areas of North East Victoria

Known crew: Capt K. V. Lynch & First Officer D. B. Porritt

Converted to 'Viewmaster' configuration and transferred to Papua New Guinea - 1966

Registered to Trans Australia Airlines - March 8, 1971

Operated final T.A.A. revenue service - August 16, 1971

Withdrawn from use and stored pending sale but considered uneconomical to restore to airworthy status

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - August 20, 1974

Sold to Forrestair Cargo Pty Ltd

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-TAK - January 6, 1975

Registered to Forrester Stephen Pty Ltd, Victoria

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - January 8, 1975

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-TAK - April 4, 1975

Registered to Forrester Stephen Pty Ltd, Victoria

Commenced services with Forrestair Cargo as a freighter

Aircraft was named 'Peter Sleigh'

Withdrawn from use due to the high operational costs & company ceased flying

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - November 14, 1978

Sold to A. Encell - October 1979

Was intended to be operated by Cranways Pty Ltd trading as General Cargo Australia

Aircraft did not return to service - scrapped


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