VH-INU. Douglas DC-6B. c/n 44694-558.


 

Ordered new by Australian National Airways Pty Ltd

Aircraft was configured to seat 58 First Class passengers, later changed to 60 seats

Had a six-seat 'Starlight Lounge' fitted at rear of aircraft but these seats not sold on flights to Perth

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-INU - December 16, 1954

Registered to Australian National Airways Pty Ltd, Melbourne

Departed Los Angeles on the delivery flight to Australia - February 27, 1955

Arrived Melbourne (Essendon) at the conclusion of the delivery flight - March 03, 1955

Delivery route: Los Angeles - San Francisco - Honolulu - Canton Island - Nadi - Melbourne

Flight crew: Captains A. Wales, V. Cerche, J. A. Still

Aircraft was named 'Kwinana' (pretty maiden)

Operated first revenue service Melbourne (Essendon) - Perth - March 09, 1955

Established new Adelaide - Perth record of 4 hours - April 13, 1955

Transferred to Ansett-ANA following the Ansett purchase of A.N.A. - October 21, 1957

Leased to Trans Australia Airlines in exchange for 1.5 of their Viscount 720 fleet - February 26, 1960

The leasing fee was set at 199 Pounds 12 Shillings per day

Operated first revenue service with Trans Australia Airlines - March 07, 1960

Sub-leased to T.E.A.L. - 1960

Operated the final Trans Australia Airlines revenue service - August 14, 1966

Returned to Ansett-A.N.A. on termination of the lease - August 29, 1966

Placed in storage at Melbourne (Essendon) Airport in basic TAA livery - August 29, 1966

Returned to service with Ansett-ANA following loss of Viscount VH-RMI - September 1966

Chartered to Qantas for use on Norfolk Island route due to a pilots strike - November 28, 1966

Operated final revenue service - May 11, 1967

Withdrawn from service and returned to storage at Melbourne (Essendon) Airport - May 11, 1967

Departed Melbourne (Essendon) on the ferry flight to Taiwan (Taipei) - December 15, 1967

Sold to Far Eastern Air Transport (F.E.A.T.) via Australian Aircraft Sales - December 18, 1967

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - December 18, 1967

Entered onto the Taiwanese Aircraft Register as B-2005 - December 18, 1967

Leased to Air Vietnam - June 1968

Aircraft was destroyed when it crashed into a school at Nha Trang, near Saigon, Vietnam - December 22, 1969

The crash was caused by the detonation of an explosive device in the cabin resulting in damaged hydraulics

Aircraft overshot runway during landing and was destroyed, killing many

Cancelled from the Taiwanese Aircraft Register - ?

 


 

VH-INU. Australian National Airways - in the standard livery at Melbourne Airport, date unknown.

VH-INU. Australian National Airways - in the standard livery at Melbourne Airport, date unknown.

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

VH-INU. T.A.A. - in the basic Ansett-ANA livery at Melbourne Airport, March 1960.

VH-INU. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - in thestandard livery at Sydney Airport, date unknown.

VH-INU. Ansett-ANA - in the basic T.A.A.livery at Melbourne Airport, September 1966
 

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VH-INU. Ansett-ANA - in the basic T.A.A.livery at Melbourne Airport, September 1966

 

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

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

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