VH-TAW. Douglas C-47A-10-DK. c/n 12539

was also registered as: VH-SBE.

Construction completed at Oklahoma City plant - February 15, 1944

Built as a Douglas C-47A-10-DK

Allocated U.S. serial number 42-92708

Transferred to the R.A.A.F. under lend / lease agreement as A65-40 - March 17, 1944

Operated using the radio callsign 'VHCUM'

Allocated to No 35 & 36 Squadrons during the war

Later operated by Target Towing Squadron & A.R.D.U.

Leased to Trans Australia Airlines - April 19, 1951

Operated first revenue service with T.A.A. - May 25, 1951

Sold to Trans Australia Airlines - May 26, 1951

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-TAW - May 26, 1951

Registered to Australian National Airlines Commission

Aircraft was named 'Meuller' but later changed to 'Brockman'

Utilised in the aerial spraying of locust plagues - November 21, 1955 to December 21, 1955

For this operation aircraft was based at Mildura, Deniliquin, Rochester and Shepparton

Flight crews involved were: Capts O. O'Malley, R. Blanchard, K. Duffield, P. Allen, W. Reid,

D. Moran-Hilford & K. Purnell

Reregistered as VH-SBE - December 6, 1960

Registered to Australian National Airlines Commission

Transferred to New Guinea to operate the T.A.A. Sunbird Services

Returned to mainland operations - May 1961

Withdrawn from T.A.A. service and stored pending sale - April 3, 1968

Sold to Continental Air Services - May 1968

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - May 21, 1968

Entered onto the Loatian Aircraft Register as XW-PFT

Sold to J. M. Garfinkle t/a South East Asia Air Transport - November 5, 1973

Entered onto the U.S. Aircraft Register as N83AC

Cancelled from the U.S. Aircraft Register - October 1981

Eventual fate of this aircraft has not been clarified at this time

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