VH-ANC. Douglas DC-4-1009. c/n 42949-16.
This aircraft was ordered new by Australian National Airways - 1944
Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-ANC - November 01, 1945
Registered to Australian National Airways Pty Ltd, Melbourne
The aircraft named 'Warana' (blue sky)
Test flown at Santa Monica - March 05 and 06, 1946
Accepted by A. N. A. at Burbank - April 07, 1946
Departed San Francisco (10:00 local) on the delivery flight to Australia - April 07, 1946
Arrived Melbourne (Laverton) on completion of the delivery flight with 28 passengers onboard - April 13, 1946
Delivery route: San Francisco - Honolulu - Canton Island - Nadi - Melbourne
Flight crew: Captain J. Armstrong (Douglas), F. Patterson; LAME S. S. Woodhouse
Entered Australian service with A. N. A. - April 1946
Used to survey the Australia - U. S .A. route (Capaint P. T. L. Taylor) - May 03, 1946 to May 14, 1946
Survey route: Melbourne (Laverton) - Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - Nadi - Canton Island -
Honolulu - San Francisco (Oakland)
Chartered on an ad hoc basis to B. C. P. A. for trans-Pacific services - September 15, 1946 to April 21, 1948
Operated the first B. C. P. A. Sydney - Vancouver service (fortnightly) with 38 passengers - September 15, 1946
Route: Sydney - Nadi - Canton Island - Honolulu - Oakland - Vancouver
Flight crew: Captains P. T. L. Taylor, P. Gibbs; F/O H. W. Moore; Hostesses I. Darrock, J. Hutchins
Operated Rome - Australia migrant charter (Captains C. Callabder, F. Patterson) - July 12, 1948
Withdrawn from use and stored at Melbourne (Essendon) Airport
Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - January 10, 1958
Sold to SABENA Belgian World Airlines - January 11, 1958
Entered onto the Belgian Aircraft Register as OO-SBV - January 11, 1958
Leased to Lebanese International Airways, Beirut, Labanon - December 1959
Sold to Trans Mediterranean Airways (T.M.A.) - March 1960
Entered onto the Lebanese Aircraft Register as OD-ADO - ?
The aircraft crashed whilst landing at Azaibo, Muscat - January 21, 1962
There were no casualties but aircraft was destroyed by fire
VH-ANC. Australian National Airways Pty Ltd - 'Warana' in the original livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, date unknown.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1125-550.)
VH-ANC. Australian National Airways Pty Ltd - 'Warana' in the original livery at Whenuapai Airport, August 26, 1947.
(Whites Aviation WA-08788-F Copyright Image 1125-669.)
VH-ANC. Australian National Airways Pty Ltd - 'Warana' in the revised livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, circa 1953.
(B. Colledge Collection Copyright Image 1125-457.)
VH-ANC. Australian National Airways Pty Ltd - 'Warana' in the revised livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, August 1956.
(B. Colledge Copyright Image 1125-133.)