VH-TAC. Douglas DC-4-1009. c/n 43067.

Was also registered as: VH-BPA; VH-EBL and VH-INY.


 

Ordered new by Trans Australia Airlines

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-TAC - August 28, 1946

Registered to the Department of Civil Aviation, Melbourne

Registered to Australian National Airlines Commission - October 22, 1946

Departed Burbank on delivery flight to Australia - October 28, 1946

Arrived Melbourne (Essendon) at conclusion of delivery flight - October 31, 1946

Aircraft was named 'John Forrest'

Operated first revenue service - December 01, 1946

Sold to British Commonwealth Pacific Airlines - April 22, 1948

Reregistered as VH-BPA - April 22, 1948

Aircraft was renamed 'R. M. A. Resolution'

Operated first revenue service with B.C.P.A. - April 25, 1948

Route: Sydney - Nadi - Canton Island - Honolulu - San Francisco

Flight crew: Captains J. W. Bennett, V. Polley, J. Bonnington

This was the first service operated by B.C.P.A. utilising an aircraft owned by the airline

Sold to Qantas Empire Airways Ltd - February 15, 1949

Reregistered as VH-EBL - February 15, 1949

Aircraft was renamed 'Hong Kong Trader'

Operated survey flight Sydney - Darwin - Labuan - Hong Kong (Captain E. Simms) - March 03, 1949

Operated first Qantas DC-4 flight Sydney - Iwakuni, Japan return (Captain L. M. Hampshire) - April 21 - 24, 1950

Operated last Qantas DC-4 flight to Noumea - December 1959

Sold to Ansett-ANA - January 13, 1961

Reregistered as VH-INY - January 13, 1961

Registered to Ansett-ANA

Ferried Sydney - Melbourne (Essendon) on delivery to Ansett-ANA - January 15, 1961

Operated first Ansett-ANA revenue service Melbourne (Essendon) - Devenport - January 17, 1961

Leased to McRobertson Miller Airlines - November 16, 1965

Converted to freighter configuration at Melbourne (Essendon) Airport - 1968

Aircraft had flown some 33,856 hours at time of conversion

Ownership transferred to Ansett Transport Industries (Operations) Pty Ltd - December 18, 1969

Withdrawn from service at Melbourne (Essendon) Airport - December 24, 1969

Prepared for sale to Marine Diamond Company

Entered onto the South African Aircraft Register as ZS-IGB - January 01, 1970

Registered to Marine Diamond Company, Johannesburg, South Africa

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - January 02, 1970

Accepted by Marine Diamond Company at Melbourne - January 05, 1970

Departed Melbourne (Essendon) on the ferry flight to South Africa - January 05, 1970

Arrived Johannesburg at the conclusion of the ferry flight - January 10, 1970

Ownership transferred to Consolidated Diamond Mines - January 1972

Sold to Suidwes Lugdiens / Southwest Airways - May 1972

Aircraft was named 'Ondangua'

Withdrawn from service and stored at Windhoek, South Africa - October 05, 1977

Scrapped at Eros Airport, Windhoek for parts - January 1979

This aircraft had the distinction of being owned and operated by all four Australian airlines

 


 

VH-BPA. B.C.P.A. - in the standard livery at Nadi Airport, May 1948.

VH-BPA. B.C.P.A. - in the standard livery at Nadi Airport, July 1948.

VH-BPA. B.C.P.A. - in the standard livery at Nadi Airport, July 1948.
VH-BPA. B.C.P.A. - in the standard livery at Nadi Airport, July 1948.
VH-BPA. B.C.P.A. - in the standard livery at Nadi Airport, July 1948.
VH-EBL. Qantas - in the original livery at Hong Kong Airport , July 1957.
VH-EBL. Qantas - in the original livery at Noumea Airport , December 1959.
VH-EBL. Qantas - in the original livery at Noumea Airport , December 1959.

VH-EBL. Qantas - in the original livery at Noumea Airport, December 1959.

VH-EBL. Qantas - in the original livery at Lae Airport, date unknown.
VH-EBL. Qantas - in the original livery at Port Moresby Airport, date unknown.

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

VH-INY. Ansett-ANA - in the standard livery at Melbourne Airport, March 1967.

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

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

VH-INY. Ansett-ANA - in the standard livery at Sydney RAAF Base Richmond, May 1967.

VH-INY. Ansett-ANA - in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, date unknown.

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

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

ZS-IGB. South West Airways - in the standard livery at Johannesburg Airport, May 1973.

ZS-IGB. South West Airways - in the standard livery at Johannesburg Airport, May 1973.

ZS-IGB. Suidwes Lugdiens - in the standard livery at Johannesburg Airport, July 1973.
 

 

ZS-IGB. Suidwes Lugdiens - in the standard livery at Johannesburg Airport, August 1973.