VH-TGH. de Havilland Canada DHC-6-320 Twin Otter. c/n 281.

 

This aircraft was originally ordered new by TAA Trans-Australia Airlines - ?

Built by de Havilland Canada at Downsview, Ontario, Canada

Rolled out at Downsview as N8336 - June 1970

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N8336 - ?

First flown at Downsview as N8336 - June 1970

Powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-27 engines

Handed over to Air Capital International, Augusta, KS as the ferry contractor for T. A. A. - June 25, 1970

Departed Downsview on the ferry flight to Australia - June 1970

Arrived Melbourne (Essendon) on completion of the ferry flight - July 13, 1970

Cancelled from the United States Aircraft Register - July 1970

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-TGH - July 23, 1970

Registered to Australian National Airlines Commission, Melbourne

Transferred to Trans-Australian Airlines of Papua New Guinea - July 24, 1970

The aircraft was named 'Daru'

Operated final TAA Airlines of PNG revenue service Finschafen - Lae - October 01, 1973

Departed Lae on the ferry flight to Brisbane - October 03, 1973

Arrived Brisbane on completion of the ferry flight - October 04, 1973

Ferry route: Lae - Cairns - Townsville - Rockhampton - Brisbane

Returned to service on Trans-Australia Airlines mainland routes

The aircraft was renamed 'Charles Grimes'

The aircraft was badly damaged at Shute Harbour when it left the runway on landing - November 07, 1975

It was repaired and returned to service

It was sold to Bush Pilots Airways, Cairns - November 30, 1980

Bush Pilots Airways was renamed Air Queensland - December 01, 1981

Air Queensland was merged with Australian Airlines - April 30, 1988

The aircraft was repainted into basic Australian Airlines livery and operated with 'Australian Regional' titles

Australian Regional Airlines merged with Sunstate Airlines, Brisbane - October 01, 1993

Withdrawn from use and advertised for sale - 1988

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - October 15, 1998

Sold to Topscore Management, Geneva, Switzerland - November 1998

Entered onto the Swiss Aircraft Register as HB-LSV - December 01, 1998

Registered to Topscore Management, Geneva, Switzerland

Departed Brisbane on the ferry flight to Malta for overhaul by NCA - December 01, 1998

Arrived Malta on completion of the ferry flight - December 11, 1998

Transferred to Benavia Special Air Operations, Geneva - February 23, 1999

Leased to Tassili Airlines, Algiers as the registered operator - February 1999

Returned to Benavia Special Air Operations on termination of the lease - June 30, 2003

Transferred to Topscore Management, Geneva, Switzerland - June 30, 2003

Cancelled from the Swiss Aircraft Register - July 2003

Entered onto the French Aircraft Register as F-OIJL - July 16, 2003

Registered to ?

Leased to Air Guyane, Cayenne as the registered operator - July 16, 2003

Withdrawn from service and prepared for return to the lessor - September 2010

Departed Cayenne on the ferry flight to Switzerland - October 07, 2010

Ferry route: Cayenne - Sal (Cabo Verde) - Arrecife (Spain) - Altenrhein (Switzerland)

Observed operating from Berne, Switzerland on various occasions between April 2011 and January 2012

Sold to Skydive Dubai - August 29, 2012

Cancelled from the French Aircraft Register - September 2012

Entered onto the Dubai Aircraft Register as A6-SD5 - September 2012

Registered to Skydive, Dubai

Current with Skydive Dubai

 

VH-TGH. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, April 1977.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-931.)

VH-TGH. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, April 1978.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-816.)

VH-TGH. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, date unknown.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-829.)

VH-TGH. BPA - in the standard livery at Rockhampton Airport, February 08, 1981.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-447.)

VH-TGH. BPA - in the standard livery at Cairns Airport, November 1981.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-414.)

VH-TGH. Air Queensland - in the standard livery at Cairns Airport, September 04, 1983.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 1920-918.)

VH-TGH. Air Queensland - in the Australian livery at Cairns Airport, November 1987.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-830.)

VH-TGH. Australian Regional - in the Australian livery at Brisbane Airport, date unknown.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-877.)

VH-TGH. Australian Regional - in the Australian livery at an unknown airport, May 1989.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-831.)

VH-TGH. Australian Regional - in the Australian livery at Brisbane Airport, September 1989.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-878.)