VH-TBA. Douglas DC-6. c/n 42900-149.
This aircraft was built for Koninklijke Luchvart Maatschaappij (K.L.M.)
Entered onto the Dutch Aircraft Register as PH-TPW - October 01, 1949
Leased to Trans Australia Airlines - December 04, 1953 to March 11, 1954
This lease was to cover the withdrawal of two CV-240s for use on the Royal Tour of 1954
Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-TBA - December 14, 1953
Registered to Australian National Airlines Commission, Melbourne
The aircraft was named 'Abel Tasman'
Operated its first revenue service - December 18, 1953
It was mainly utilised on the Brisbane - Sydney - Melbourne - Launceston route
Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - March 22, 1954
Entered onto the Dutch Aircraft Register as PH-DPW - April 07, 1954
Transferred to K.L.M.'s West Indies division as PJ-DPW - 1958
Returned to K.L.M. Royal Dutch Airlines - August 27, 1963
Entered onto the Dutch Aircraft Register as PH-DPW - August 1963
An intended sale to Linn Aeronautica S.A. did not eventuate
Leased to Ecuatoriana - September 15, 1965
Entered onto the Ecuadorian Aircraft Register as HC-AIT - September 1965
Sold to Federick B. Ayer - November 1967
Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N8703A - ?
Sold to Miami Aviation Corp - December 26, 1967
Sold to Aircraft Modifications - January 15, 1970
Stipped of parts and scrapped - January 1970
VH-TBA. Trans-Australia Airlines - 'Abel Tasman' in the standard livery at an unknown location, date unknown.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1125-150.)