VH-TAC. Douglas C-54A-5-DO. c/n 7466.


 

Delivered new to United States Army Air Force - February 11, 1944

Allocated the U. S. serial number 41-107447

Sold to Flota Aerea Mercante Argentina - 1946

Entered onto the Argentinean Aircraft Register as LV-ABP - ?

Transferred to Aerolineas Argentinas when the airlines was merged - May 1949

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-TAC - August 21, 1951

Registered to Australian National Airlines Commission, Melbourne

Sold to Trans Australia Airlines - November 18, 1951

Arrived Melbourne (Essendon) at the conclusion of the delivery flight - November 24, 1951

Delivery route: London - Ciampino - Cyprus - Bahrein - Karachi - Singapore - Darwin - Melbourne

Aircraft was named 'John Gould'

Entered service with Trans Australia Airlines - December 01, 1951

Converted to freighter configuration - 1959

Aircraft was renamed 'Nat Buchanan'

Operated last revenue service as a freighter Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - Melbourne (Essendon) - April 23, 1969

Placed in open storage at Melbourne (Essendon) Airport

Reactivated due to Melbourne dockstrike and operated Melbourne - Hobart - Launceston - Melbourne - May 27, 1969

Returned to open storage at Melbourne (Essendon) Airport

Chartered to Ansett-ANA - December 05 to December 31, 1969

During this charter it was operated in the basic T.A.A. livery without titles

Ferried Melbourne - Brisbane on a 2-year lease to Air Express Frozen Foods - March 15, 1970

Intended lease did not proceed and the aircraft ferried Brisbane - Sydney (Kingsford Smith) for storage - April 02, 1970

Sold to Air Siam, Bangkok, Thailand - April 1970

Entered onto the Thai Aircraft Register as HS-VGX - May 1970

Aircraft was repainted in standard Air Siam livery at Sydney

Aircraft was named 'Nackorn Rachasima'

Departed Sydney (Kingsford Smith) on the ferry flight to Thailand (Bangkok) - November 03, 1970

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - November 05, 1970

Sold to Eagle Aircraft Services - March 29, 1974

Entered onto the British Aircraft Register as G-BCDT (CofR R.1450/1) - April 29, 1974

Registered to Eagle Aircraft Services, Leavesden Airport, Watford, Herts

Aircraft is believed to have remained stored in Thailand

Cancelled from the British Aircraft Register - November 21, 1974

Sold to Royal Air Lao - January 1975

Entered onto the Loatian Aircraft Register as XW-PKH - ?

Aircraft was destoyed during a communist attack on Phnom Penh - April 10, 1975

 


 

VH-TAC. TAA Trans Australia Airlines Cargomaster - modified tail titles at Melbourne Airport, date unknown.

VH-TAC. TAA Trans Australia Airlines Cargomaster - modified tail titles at Melbourne Airport, date unknown.

VH-TAC. Trans Australia Airlines 'Cargomaster' - modified tail titles at Melbourne Airport, February 1966.

VH-TAC. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - in standard livery at Sydney Airport, February 1967.

VH-TAC. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - in the standard livery at Sydney Airport, March 1968.

VH-TAC. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - in the standard livery at Melbourne Airport, date unknown.

VH-TAC. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - in the standard livery at Melbourne Airport, November 1969.

VH-TAC. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - in the standard livery at Melbourne Airport, November 1969.

VH-TAC. Ansett-ANA - in the basic TAA livery at Melbourne Airport, December 1969.

VH-TAC. TAA - in the basic livery at Sydney Airport, May 1970.

VH-TAC. Air Siam Cargo - in the standard livery at Sydney Airport, October 1970.

VH-TAC. Air Siam Cargo - in the standard livery at Sydney Airport, October 1970.
 

VH-TAC. Air Siam Cargo - in the standard livery at Sydney Airport, October 1970.

VH-TAC. Air Siam Cargo - in the standard livery at Sydney Airport, October 1970.

 
 

HS-VGX. Air Siam - in the basic livery at Bangkok Airport, December 1973.

HS-VGX. Air Siam - in the basic livery at Hong Kong, August 1974.