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Withdrawn from use and struck off charge - September 1946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Withdrawn from use and stored at Melbourne's Essendon Airport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.