VH-INH. Douglas DC-6B. c/n 44693-551.

 

This aircraft was ordered new to Australian National Airways Pty Ltd - ?

It was configured to seat 58 First Class passengers but this was later changed to seat 60 passengers

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

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

Registered to Australian National Airways Pty Ltd, Melbourne

Accepted by A.N.A. and departed Los Angeles on the delivery flight to Australia - February 11, 1955

Arrived Melbourne (Essendon) on completion of the delivery flight - February 15, 1955

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

Flight crew: Captains A. Lovell, A. Wales; F/O Smith; Engineer J. Stubbs

The aircraft was named 'Bungana' (chief)

It operated a promotional flight Melbourne (Essendon) - Hobart - March 07, 1955

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

Established a speed record on Perth - Adelaide (West Beach) sector of under 4 hours - April 14, 1955

This occured one day after VH-INU had broken the previous record

It was transferred to Ansett-ANA ownership following the acquisition of A.N.A. - October 04, 1957

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

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

Operated first revenue service with T.A.A. - March 07, 1960

Operated first T.A.A. Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - Port Moresby (New Guinea) service - July 09, 1960

It was sub-chartered to T.E.A.L. - 1960

Operated final T.A.A. revenue service - August 14, 1966

Returned to Ansett-ANA on termination of the cross-charter lease - August 29, 1966

It was placed in open storage at Melboure (Essendon) Airport

Re-entered service with Ansett-ANA - December 06, 1966 to March 1967

Sold to Sterling Airways via Australian Aircraft Sales P/L - March 29, 1967

Departed Melbourne (Essendon) on the ferry flight to Denmark - March 30, 1967

Arrived Kobenhavn on completion of the ferry flight - April 08, 1967

Delivery route: Melbourne - Perth - Cocos Islands - Colombo - Karachi - Bahrain - Cairo -

Rome - Schiphol - Kobenhavn

Flight crew: Captains S. Hayward, W. B. Parker; Navigator W. C. Kennedy; Engineer A. Drewett

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - April 08, 1967

Entered onto the Danish Aircraft Register as OY-STP - April 1967

Withdrawn from service by Sterling at Kastrup Airport - September 15, 1970

Scrapped and the remains used by the local fire service

 

VH-INH. Australian National Airways Pty Ltd - 'Bungana' in the standard livery at an unknown location, February 1955.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1125-287.)

VH-INH. Australian National Airways Pty Ltd - 'Bungana' in the standard livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, date unknown.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1125-101.)

VH-INH. Australian National Airways Pty Ltd - 'Bungana' in the standard livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, February 1955.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1125-454.)

VH-INH. Australian National Airways Pty Ltd - 'Bungana' in the standard livery at an unknown airport, date unknown.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1125-455.)

VH-INH. Australian National Airways Pty Ltd - 'Bungana' in the standard livery at Adelaide Parafield Airport, date unknown.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1125-064.)

VH-INH. Ansett-ANA - in the standard livery at Hobart Western Junction Airport, date unknown.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1125-119.)

VH-INH. TAA Trans-Australia Airlines - in the original livery at Adelaide West Beach Airport, April 1960.

(A. Fraser Copyright Image 1125-429.)

VH-INH. TAA Trans-Australia Airlines - in the original livery at Adelaide West Beach Airport, April 1960.

(A. Fraser Copyright Image 1125-430.)

VH-INH. TAA Trans-Australia Airlines - in the original livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, date unknown.

(G. Bennett Collection Copyright Image 1125-422.)

VH-INH. TAA Trans-Australia Airlines - in the original livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, date unknown.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1125-566.)

VH-INH. TAA Trans-Australia Airlines - in the revised livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, May 1965.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 1125-265.)

VH-INH. TAA Trans-Australia Airlines - in the revised livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, May 1965.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 1125-268.)

VH-INH. TAA Trans-Australia Airlines - in the revised livery at Brisbane Airport, date unknown.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1125-215.)

VH-INH. TAA Trans-Australia Airlines - in the revised livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, date unkown.

(E. D. Daw Collection Copyright Image 1125-145.)

VH-INH. TAA Trans-Australia Airlines - in the revised livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, February 1966.

(G. Bennett Collection Copyright Image 1125-424.)

VH-INH. TAA Trans-Australia Airlines - in the revised livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, February 1966.

(G. Bennett Collection Copyright Image 1125-423.)

VH-INH. Ansett-ANA - in the standard livery at Coolangatta Airport, January 1967.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 1125-267.)

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

(G. Bennett Collection Copyright Image 1125-421.)

OY-STP. Sterling - in the standard livery at Copenhagen Kastrup Airport, date unknown.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1125-411.)

OY-STP. Sterling - in the standard livery at Copenhagen Airport, September 1969.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1125-329.)

OY-STP. Sterling - in the standard livery at Copenhagen Airport, September 1969.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1125-185.)

OY-STP. Sterling - in the basic livery at Copenhagen Kastrup Airport, March 18, 1972.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1125-648.)

OY-STP. Sterling - in the basic livery at Copenhagen Kastrup Airport, November 1972.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1125-184.)