VH-TMQ. Douglas C-47B-30-DK. c/n 16136-32884.


 

Construction completed at the Douglas Oklahoma City plant - March 21, 1945

Built as a Douglas C-47B-30-DK

Delivered to the United States Army Air Force - March 21, 1945

Allocated U. S. serial number 44-76552

Arrived Amberley on lend / lease to the Royal Australia Air Force RAAF - April 6, 1945

Allocated the R.A.A.F. Serial Number A65-91 and operated under radio callsign 'VHRFH'

Allocated to No 38 Squadron for courier services - April 10, 1945

Allocated to No 86 Transport Wing - September 18, 1947

Allocated to Repair and Salvage Unit, Darwin for operational duties - August 17, 1950

Allocated to No 10 Squadron ex 86 Transport Wing - June 25, 1951

Transferred to No 91 Wing to replace A65-96 - July 23, 1951 to July 15, 1955

Allocated to No 34 Squadron and used on Royal Tour as baggage carrier - August - September 1959

Allocated to No 2 Squadron attached to Australian Ambassador, Vietnam - September 23, 1959

Returned to No 86 Transport Wing - March 3, 1960

Transferred to East Sale, Victoria - November 30, 1964

Based with No 2 O.T.U. having flown 6,767 hours - October 11, 1967

Allocated to No 1 Flight, Training School, Pearce, W.A. - April 21, 1969

Operated under new radio callsign 'VHJFB' which was later changed to 'VHJRH'

Allocated to No 2 Squadron, Butterworth, Malaysia - April 3, 1974

Allocated to Aircraft Research and Development Unit (ARDU) - June 9, 1975

Transferred to No 2 Flight, Training School, Pearce, W.A. - September 10, 1979

Allocated to the Radio School, Laverton, Victoria for conversion to training aid - June 9, 1980

Flew East Sale-Laverton and struck off charge - June 30, 1980

Had flown 13,028.06 hours to date

Sold to Golden West Airways, Queensland - January 15, 1986

Sold to Rebel Air, Koomeela - December 1, 1987

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-TMQ - December 1, 1987

Registered to Mezeron Pty Ltd, Richmond, Victoria

Ferried Melbourne (Laverton) to Melbourne (Essendon) Airport in basic RAAF livery - December 3, 1987

Used in ABC television documentary as 'CF-TBA' at Melbourne (Essendon) Airport - March 14, 1988

Sold to Colbinra Transport, Maitland, NSW - August 28, 1988

Removal order attached to aircraft by Melbourne (Essendon) Airport authorities due to its deteriorating condition

Sold to John G. Love t/a Splitters Creek Airlines - June 2, 1995

Sold to Windjammer Promotions, Melbourne, Victoria t/a Air Nostalgia - July 1, 1996

Aircraft completely restored with upgraded seating for 28 passengers, taking 4 years

Test flown at Melbourne (Essendon) Airport (B. Lane & D. Beck) - March 31, 2000

Operated charter and evening flights from Melbourne (Essendon) Airport

Offered for sale by National Auctioneers and Valuers, Tullamarine - May 14, 2009

Sold to Alistair Lamb for $AUD 180,000

Registered to Australasian Jet, Essendon Airport, Melbourne - May 28, 2009

Gooney Bird Pty Ltd, Essendon registered operator

Current with Air Nostalgia

 


 

VH-TMQ. Colbinra Transport - in the all-metal livery at Melbourne Airport, September 1990.

VH-TMQ. Air Nostalgia - in the full livery at Melbourne Airport, January 2001.

VH-TMQ. Air Nostalgia - in the full livery at Melton Airport, March 2010.