VH-TAN. Douglas C-47A-30-DL. c/n 9592.

was also registered as: VH-MAS.


Construction completed at the Douglas Long Beach plant - May 27, 1943

Built as a Douglas C-47A-30-DL

Delivered to the USAAF - May 27, 1943

Allocated U.S. serial number 42-23730

Arrived Amberley for use by R.A.A.F. - June 23, 1943

Allocated R.A.A.F. serial number A65-12 and operated using the radio callsign 'VHCTN'

Allocated to No 34 Squadron

Operated by Australian National Airways under charter using radio callsign 'VHCTN'

Withdrawn from use and struck off charge - September 1946

Purchased by the Commonwealth of Australia / D.C.A. - September 26, 1946

Allocated the registration 'VH-AFK' but it was not taken up

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-TAN - October 8, 1947

Registered to Australian National Airlines Commission

Aircraft was operated by Trans Australia Airlines

Aircraft was named 'Grey'

Commenced operations with T.A.A. - October 20, 1947

Used in the film 'A Town Like Alice' - 1955

Operated final revenue service with T.A.A. - August 13, 1958

Withdrawn from use and stored at Melbourne's Essendon Airport

Sold to New Guinea Co t/a Mandated Airlines Ltd - November 30, 1959

Delivered to Mandated Airlines - December 15, 1959

Reregistered as VH-MAS - November 11, 1960

Registered to New Guinea Co Ltd, Rabaul

Ownership transferred to Ansett-Mandated Airlines t/a Ansett-MAL - January 18, 1961

Sold to Far Eastern Air Transport, Taiwan - March 29, 1967

Departed Lae on delivery flight to Taiwan - April 19, 1967

Delivery route: Lae-Madang-Wewak-Vanimo-Koror-Manila-Taipei

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - April 22, 1967

Entered onto the Taiwanese Aircraft Register as B-249

Sold to Laos Airlines - May 13, 1974

Reportedly scrapped in 1978


VH-TAN. Trans Australia Airlines - in an early livery at Melbourne's Essendon Airport, date unknown.

VH-MAS. Mandated Airlines - in the full livery, location and date unknown.

VH-MAS. Ansett-M.A.L. - in the full livery, location and date unknown.