VH-INV. Douglas DC-6. c/n 43056-50.
This aircraft was ordered new by National Airlines Inc - ?
Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N90892 - ?
Delivered new to National Airlines Inc - July 02, 1947
This aircraft was one of five National Airlines DC-6s involved in training flight crews for Australian National Airways
Sold to Australian National Airways Pty Ltd - September 1, 1953
This was the first pressurised aircraft acquired by A.N.A.
The purchase price was $US 1,250,000 which included a spare engine
Australian Government guaranteed the finance for this aircraft with loans from the Commonwealth Bank and A.M.P.
The aircraft was configured to seat 58 passengers
Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-INV - September 18, 1953
Registered to Australian National Airways Pty Ltd, Melbourne
The acceptance flight was carried out at Miami, Florida - December 04, 1953
Departed Miami on the ferry flight to Australia - December 05, 1953
Arrived Melbourne (Essendon) on completion of the ferry flight - December 9, 1953
Ferry route: Miami - Los Angeles - San Francisco - Honolulu - Canton Island - Nadi - Melbourne
Flight crew: Captain A. Lovell and a Douglas pilot
The aircraft was named 'Nairana' (eagle)
Operated first revenue service Melbourne (Essendon) - Launceston (Captain P. Gibbs) - December 17, 1953
Established new Adelaide - Perth speed record of 3 hours 6 minutes - August 12, 1955
The aircraft carried 39 passengers and 5 crew members on this flight
The previous record of 3 hours 16 minutes had been established by TAA Viscount VH-TVE - July 26, 1955
Transferred to Ansett-ANA following the Ansett purchase of A.N.A. - October 21, 1957
Withdrawn from use at Melbourne (Essendon) Airport - ?
Sold to Transit Equipment Co. New York - February 21, 1960
Departed Melbourne (Essendon) on the ferry flight to the United States - February 27, 1960
Arrived San Francisco on completion of the ferry flight - February 28, 1960
Ferry route: Melbourne - Nadi - Canton Island - Honolulu - San Francisco
Flight crew: Captains J. Withecombe, C. M. Long; F/O K. Watts; Navigator W. C. Kennedy; Engineer B. McDonald
Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - March 04, 1960
Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N74841 - March 09, 1960
Registered to Transit Equipment Co
Leased to International Airlines as the registered operator - January 1963 to December 1963
Leased to Senator Barry Goldwater for the U. S. Presidential campaign - May 1964 to October 1964
Leased to Lineas Aereas de Nicaragua SA (LANICA) - 1965 to March 1966
Sold to Carolina Aircraft Corp - July 1996
Leased to Saturn Airways Inc - July 1966
It was written badly damaged during a training flight at Oakland Airport, California - January 24, 1967
The nosewheel collapsed when the aircraft ground-looped after hitting water on the runway
The accident was attributed to a failure to maintain directional control and improper control of engines and power
settings by the trainee pilot and the inadequate supervision and lack of familiarity by the training captain
It was deemed to be too expensive to repair and aircraft was written off
Cancelled from the United States Aircraft Register - ?
VH-INV. Australian National Airways Pty Ltd - 'Nairana' in the final livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, date unknown.
(B. Colledge Copyright Image 1125-438.)
VH-INV. Australian National Airways Pty Ltd - 'Nairana' in the final livery over Sydney Harbour, date unknown.
(E. D. Daw Collection Copyright Image 1125-549.)
VH-INV. Australian National Airways Pty Ltd - 'Nairana' in the final livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, date unknown.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1125-113.)