VH-ANG. Douglas C-54A-15-DC. c/n 10347-78.


 

Built at the Douglas Chicago plant

Delivered to the United States Army Air Force - July 13, 1944

Allocated the U. S. A. A. F. serial number 42-72242

Sold to Western Air Lines - March 1946

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as NC88784 - ?

Sold to American Airlines Inc for use as a freighter - 1947

Reregistered as N88784 - ?

Sold to Matson Navigation Company, San Francisco - October 07, 1948

Sold to Australian National Airways - November 25, 1948

A Certificate of Australian Aircraft Registration was reserved for an aircraft to be registered as 'VH-ANG'

Registration reserved for Douglas DC-4 c/n 10365 - November 25, 1948

Aircraft was intended to be sold to Air Ceylon - December 17, 1948

Transferred from Matson Navigation to Air Ceylon but sale and registration VP-CBD not taken up

Registered to Australian National Airways Pty Ltd

Australian Certificate of Registration was amended to show aircraft with c/n 10347 becoming VH-ANG

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-ANG - December 31, 1948

Aircraft was named 'Palana' (star)

Initially operated with 44 seats, increased to 48 seat in 1949 and to 50 seats from 1954

Used on numerous Air Ceylon services

Utilised to carry the Royal Household Staff during the 1954 Royal Tour of Australia

Departed Melbourne (Essendon) on ferry flight to the United States for sale - April 23, 1958

Ferry route: Melbourne - Nadi - Canton Island - Honolulu - Los Angeles - Las Vegas - Burbank

Sold to Twentieth Century Aircraft Inc - April 28, 1958

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - April 28, 1958

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N5519V - ?

Sold to Seven Seas Airlines Inc, New York - August 1959

Aircraft was named 'Indian Ocean'

Utilised as a freighter

Crash-landed 12 km from Nagpur, India whilst on flight from Bombay (Mumbai) to Bangkok - March 22, 1961

Crew experienced engine failure and attempted a wheels-up landing

All three on board were killed and the aircraft was destoyed

 


 

VH-ANG. Australian National Airways - in the white cabin roof livery at Melbourne Airport, date unknown.

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

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

VH-ANG. Australian National Airways - in the white top livery at Melbourne Airport, July 1956.

VH-ANG. Australian National Airways - in the final livery at Melbourne Airport, date unknown.