VH-INA. Douglas DC-6B. c/n 44893-647.

 

This aircraft was delivered new to United Airlines Inc as N37569 - January 11, 1956

Aircraft was named 'Mainliner Diamond Head'

Sold to United States Overseas Airlines - June 02, 1960

An intended sale to Compania Dominicana de Aviacion SA (C.D.A.) did not eventuate - September 1963

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-INA - November 15, 1963

Registered to Ansett-ANA, Melbourne

Accepted by Ansett-ANA and departed Los Angeles on the delivery flight to Australia - November 18, 1963

Arrived Melbourne (Essendon) on completion of the delivery flight - November 22, 1963

Delivery route: Los Angeles - Honolulu - Nadi - Melbourne

Entered service with Ansett-ANA - December 13, 1963

Was originally configured with 58 seats but this was later increased to 60 seats

Was involved in mid-air emergency whilst operating the Melbourne - Adelaide service as AN216 - April 14, 1964

Just after lift-off a blade from No.3 engine detached, wrenching engine from its upper mountings

Pilot (Captain Keith Hants) was advised that a landing with the engine hanging down was not safe

Damaged engine was subjected to various air-loads to dislodge it over Port Philip Bay which were successful

Flight crew: Captain K. Hants; F/O R. Gordon; F/E B. Clarke; F/O M. Bax; Hostesses J. Murphy, M. Harper

The aircraft was carrying 57 passengers

The aircraft was repaired and returned to service

Chartered by the Royal Australian Air Force - December 28 - 30, 1965

Operated final revenue service - May 29, 1966

Placed in open storage at Melbourne (Essendon) Airport

Sold to Far Eastern Air Transport (FEAT) via Australian Aircraft Sales - December 16, 1966

Departed Melbourne (Essendon) on the ferry flight to Taiwan - March 10, 1967

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - March 12, 1967

Entered onto the Taiwanese Aircraft Register as B-2003 - March 1967

Leased to Air Vietnam - dates unknown

Sold to Bellomy-Lawson Aviation - July 1973

Converted to DC-6BF configuration - November 1973

Sold to Conair Aviation, Canada for use as a water-bomber - December 20, 1973

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N62876 - January 07, 1974

Registered to Richard E. Froy

Cancelled from the United States Aircraft Register - January 11, 1974

Entered onto the Canadian Aircraft Register as C-GHCB - January 11, 1974

Registered to Conair Aviation Limited, Abbotsford, British Colomobia, Canada

Registered to Conair Group Limited, Abbotsford, British Colombia - September 24, 1991

Conair was contracted to undertake aerial spraying in New Zealand under the name 'Operation Evergreen' - 1996

Contract was to eradicate white spotted tussock moth over Auckland's suburbs over a 6 week period

Aircraft was fitted with seven 2,020 litre tanks that had been salvaged from former USAF KC-97 tankers

Was also fitted with a differential GPS system to provide accurate navigation whilst spraying

This system showed if pilots strayed off course by as much as one metre

Aerial spraying was to be carried out only 150 feet above the ground at a speed of 200 knots

Arrived Auckland at the conclusion of the ferry flight - September 29, 1996

Ferry route: Abbotsford - Oakland - Honolulu - Pago Pago - Auckland

Ferried Auckland - Abbotsford - ?

Flown to Abbotsford (Slave Lake) by Captain D. Fair and F/O D. Trachsel for storage - August 30, 1999

Withdrawn from use and stored at Abbotsford having flown 33,726 hours

Observed at Abbotsford with No. 3 and 4 engines missing - April 09, 2002

Aircraft was used to supply spare parts to keep Conair's other DC-6s airworthy

Cancelled from the Canadian Aircraft Register – July 21, 2009

Broken up shortly there after at Abbotsford, British Colombia

 

VH-INA. Ansett-ANA - in the standard livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, date unknown.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1125-049.)

VH-INA. Ansett-ANA - in the standard livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, April 14, 1964. The aircraft is missing the Number 3 engine.

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VH-INA. Ansett-ANA - in the standard livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, April 14, 1964.

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VH-INA. Ansett-ANA - in the standard livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, April 14, 1964.

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VH-INA. Ansett-ANA - in the standard livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, April 14, 1964.

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VH-INA. Ansett-ANA - in the standard livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, April 14, 1964.

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VH-INA. Ansett-ANA - in the standard livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, April 14, 1964.

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VH-INA. Ansett-ANA - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, date unknown.

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VH-INA. Ansett-ANA - in the standard livery at Launceston Airport, date unknown.

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VH-INA. Ansett-ANA - in the standard livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, date unknown.

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VH-INA. Ansett-ANA - in the standard livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, date unknown.

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VH-INA. Ansett-ANA - in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 14, 1966.

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C-GHCB. Conair Aviation Ltd - in the original livery at Abbotsford Airport, April 1976.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1125-254.)

C-GHCB. Conair Aviation Ltd - in the revised livery at Abbotsford Airport, September 1982.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1125-253.)

C-GHCB. Conair - in the final livery at Abbotsford Airport, September 1988.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1125-255.)

C-GHCB. Conair - in the final livery at Abbotsford Airport, May 1989.

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C-GHCB. Conair - in the final livery at Abbotsford Airport, date unknown.

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C-GHCB. Conair - in the final livery at Abbotsford Airport, December 1996.

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