VH-TAD. Douglas DC-4-1009. c/n 43068-64.


Ordered new by Trans Australia Airlines

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

Registered to Department of Civil Aviation

Departed Burbank on the delivery flight to Australia - November 07, 1946

Arrived Melbourne (Essendon) at the conclusion of the delivery flight - November 11, 1946

Aircraft was named 'McDouall Stuart'

Entered service with Trans Australia Airlines - November 1946

Registered to Australian National Airlines Commission - December 03, 1946

Utilised by C. S. I. R. O. to test new navigation aids on Melboure - Sydney - Brisbane route - January 10, 1947

Aircraft was renamed 'John Ross'

Operated final revenue service with T.A.A. - August 30, 1959

Sold to International Air Development Corp, Liberia - September 22, 1959

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - October 13, 1959

Entered onto the Canadian Aircraft Register as CF-LOY - ?

Sold to Territorial Bulk Distributors, Canada - May 31, 1960

Sold to European Asiatic - June 28, 1960

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N9702F - ?

Entered service with European Asiatic carrying students across the North Atlantic Ocean - July 17, 1960

Seized by the F.A.A. for transporting passengers without the necessary paperwork to support operations

Leased to California Overseas Airways - July 1960

Returned to lessor and sold to Trans Atlantic Airlines - 1963

Reregistered as N6531D - ?

Withdrawn from use and placed in storage at Palam Airport, Delhi, India - 1965

Exact details regarding the scapping of this aircraft are unknown




VH-TAD. Trans Australia Airlines - in original livery at Whenuapai Airport, July 1947.

VH-TAD. Trans Australia Airlines - in therevised livery at Melbourne Airport, date unknown.


N6531D. Trans Atlantic Airlines - in the standard livery at unknown airport, circa 1963.


N6531D. Trans Atlantic Airlines - in the standard livery at unknown airport, circa 1963.