VH-TGT. de Havilland Canada DHC-6-100 Twin Otter. c/n 009. (ntu)
This aircraft was originally ordered by Trans-Australia Airlines but it was not taken up
Built by de Havilland Canada at Downsview, Ontario, Canada
Entered onto the Canadian Aircraft Register as CF-UXE - ?
Registered to de Havilland Canada, Downsview, Ontario, Canada
Rolled out at Downsview as 'CF-UXE' - August 19, 1966
First flown at Downsview as 'CF-UXE' - August 27, 1966
Powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-20 engines
This aircraft was painted in the current Trans-Australia Airlines livery
It was used as a demonstration aircraft during 1966 - 1967
As the aircraft was overweight a permit was granted to enable it to ferry to Australia
Departed Downsview on the ferry flight to Australia - August 29, 1966
Arrived Sydney (Bankstown) on completion of the ferry flight - October 07, 1966
Ferry route: Downsview - Goose Bay - Narssarssuaq (Greenland) - Keflavik - London (Gatwick) - ? - Sydney
The aircraft was widely demonstatrated throughout Australia - 1966 - 1967
This aircraft was not entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register although 'VH-TGT' had been reserved
Sold to Hawker de Havilland Australia - January 24, 1968
Sold to Air Caledonie, Noumea - January 24, 1968
Cancelled from the Canadian Aircraft Register - ?
Entered onto the French Aircraft Register as F-OCFJ - February 1968
Registered to Air Caledonie, Magenta, Noumea
Departed Sydney (Bankstown) on the ferry flight to Noumea - February 05, 1968
The aircraft was damaged whilst stored in a hangar at Magenta, Noumea by Cyclone Colleen - February 01, 1969
Repaired on-site and returned to service - March 08, 1969
Withdrawn from service - 1974
Sold to Air Tahiti - January 21, 1974
Registered to Air Tahiti, Papeete, Tahiti
Transferred to Air Moorea, Papeete, Tahiti - January 01, 1987
Withdrawn from service and stored at Papeete - 1990
Cancelled from the French Aircraft Register - ?
Entered onto the Fijian Aircraft Register as DQ-FEZ - October 19, 1990
Registered to Sunflower Airlines, Nadi, Fiji
The aircraft was officially sold to Sunflower Airlines - October 26, 1990
The aircraft was named 'Spirit of the West'
Sunflower Airlines was renmed Sun Air Pacific - December 2002
Sun Air Pacific was sold to Fiji Airways and renamed Pacific Sun - January 31, 2007
Sold to Ikhana Group Inc, Murrietta, California - August 2012
Cancelled from the Fijian Aircraft Register - August 29, 2012
Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N806RT - ?
Registered to Ikhana Group Inc, Murrietta, California, U.S.A.
Current status - ?
CF-UXE. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - in the standard livery at an unknown location, date unknown.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-359.)
CF-UXE. TAA - in the basic livery at Sydney Bankstown Airport, December 1967.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-107.)
DQ-FEZ. Sunflower Airlines - in the standard livery at Nadi Airport, May 1992.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-908.)