VH-TAG. Douglas C-54B-20-DO. c/n 27245.

 

This aircraft was built as a Douglas C-54B-20-DO for the United States military

Delivered new to United States Army Air Force - December 29, 1944

Allocated the U. S serial number '44-9019'

Sold to Western Airlines Inc - 1946

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N74648 - ?

Sold to Transocean Airlines - 1955

Sold to Ariana Afghan Airlines - June 1957

Entered onto the Afghanistan Aircraft Register as YA-BAH - ?

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-TAG - October 21, 1965

Registered to Australian National Airlines Commission, Melbourne

Sold to Trans-Australia Airlines for use as a freighter - October 22, 1965

The aircraft was named 'Charles Grimes'

Operated first freighter revenue service - March 31, 1966

Operated final revenue service with Trans-Australia Airlines - April 19, 1969

Placed in open storage at Melbourne (Essendon) Airport

Sold to Air Siam, Thailand - 1970

Entered onto the Thai Aircraft Register as HS-VGY - April 19, 1970

The aircraft was named 'Sukhodaya'

Departed Melbourne (Essendon) on the ferry flight to Thailand (Bangkok) - July 13, 1970

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - July 16, 1970

Withdrawn from use and stored at Bangkok (Don Mueang) - 1972

Observed stored at Bangkok (Don Mueang) - March 1983

Observed stored at Bangkok (Don Mueang) - November 1985

Airframe was scrapped - 1986

 

YA-BAH. Ariana Afghan Airlines - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, date unknown.

(J. Guillem Collection Copyright Image 1125-695.)

VH-TAG. TAA Trans-Australia Airlines - 'Charles Grimes' in the final livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, December 12, 1965.

(G. Bennett Collection Copyright Image 1125-398.)

VH-TAG. TAA Trans-Australia Airlines - 'Charles Grimes' in the final livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, December 12, 1965.

(G. Bennett Collection Copyright Image 1125-397.)

VH-TAG. TAA Trans-Australia Airlines - 'Charles Grimes' in the final livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, February 1966.

(G. Bennett Collection Copyright Image 1125-395.)

VH-TAG. TAA Trans-Australia Airlines - 'Charles Grimes' in the final livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, February 1966.

(G. Bennett Collection Copyright Image 1125-396.)

VH-TAG. TAA Trans-Australia Airlines - 'Charles Grimes' in the final livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, November 03, 1969.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 1125-007.)

VH-TAG. Air Siam Cargo - in the standard livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, July 1970.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 1125-244.)