VH-ANF. Douglas C-54A-5-DC c/n 10302-33.


 

Built at the Douglas Chicago plant and delivered to the U.S.A.A.F. - April 27, 1944

Allocated the U. S. serial number 42-72197

Struck off charge and sold to Willis Air Service Inc - January 1946

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as NC49776 - January 1946

Sold to Australian National Airways - November 25, 1948

Purchased to replace DC-4 c/n 3077 which had been transferred to Air Ceylon

Originally entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-ANF (c/n 3077) - November 25, 1948

Certificate of Registration amended to this aircraft (c/n 10302) - December 08, 1948

Registered to Australian National Airways Pty Ltd

Arrived Melbourne (Essendon) Airport at the conclusion of the delivery flight - December 15, 1948

Delivery route: London - Castel Benito - Cairo - Bahrain - Karachi - Colombo - Batavia - Darwin - Melbourne

Aircraft was named 'Loongana' (swift)

Entered service with A.N.A. - December 1948

Operated the final A.N.A. service on behalf of B.C.P.A. Vancouver - Honolulu - April 25, 1949

Made a wheels-up landing on Brisbane Airport's south-east runway - November 15, 1954

Accident was due to pilot error with the aircraft sustaining underbelly damage but no passengers injuries

Local repairs were made before it was ferried to Melbourne (Essendon) for the final repairs

Converted to freighter configuration by A.N.A. engineers - 1955

Ownership transferred to Ansett-ANA on the merger of both airlines - October 21, 1957

Inaugurated the Ansett-ANA's Melbourne - Adelaide - Perth DC-4 freighter service - July 30, 1964

Leased to M.M.A. but flown in full Ansett-ANA livery - 1965

Chartered to Qantas - August 09 - 12, 1967

Sold to Civil Air Transport Co, Taipei - August 13, 1967

Departed Melbourne on ferry flight to Taiwan - August 14, 1967

Ferry route: Alice Springs - Darwin - Kota Kinabalu - Taipei

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - August 19, 1967

Entered onto the Taiwanese Aircraft Register as B-1811 - ?

Transferred to China Airlines - 1971

Crashed at Battambang, Cambodia - July 15, 1974

Damaged beyond repair and scrapped

 


 

VH-ANF. Australian National Airways - in the all metal livery at Melbourne Airport, date unknown.

VH-ANF. Australian National Airways - in the white top livery at Melbourne Airport, date unknown.

VH-ANF. Australian National Airways - wheels-up landing at Brisbane Airport, November 1954.

VH-ANF. Australian National Airways - undergoing repairs at Melboure Airport, March 1955.

VH-ANF. Australian National Airways Air Cargo - in the white-silver livery at Melbourne Airport.

VH-ANF. Australian National Airways Air Cargo - in the white-silver livery at Melbourne Airport.

VH-ANF. Ansett-ANA - in the 'Cargomaster' livery at Melbourne Airport, date unknown.

VH-ANF. Ansett-ANA - in the 'Cargomaster' livery at Melbourne Airport, date unknown.

VH-ANF. Ansett-ANA - in the 'Cargomaster' livery at Melbourne Airport, date unknown.

VH-ANF. Ansett-ANA - in 'Cargomaster' livery at Melbourne Airport, April 1966.

VH-ANF. Ansett-ANA - in the 'Cargomaster' livery at Melbourne Airport, date unknown.

B-1811. China Airlines - in the all-metal livery at Hong Kong Airport, June 1974.