VH-TGV. de Havilland Canada DHC-6-200 Twin Otter. c/n 117.

 

This aircraft was ordered new by Trans-Australia Airlines

Build by de Havilland Canada Inc, Downsview, Ontario, Canada

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N7252 - ?

Registered to de Havilland Canada Inc, Downsview, Ontario, Canada

Rolled out as N7252 - March 28, 1968

First flown at Downsview as N7252 - May 03, 1968

Powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-20 engines

Accepted by TAA Trans-Australia Airlines at Downsview - May 1968

Handed over to the ferry contractor Air Capital Internation for the ferry flight to Australia - May 1968

Arrived Brisbane on completion of the delivery flight - June 15, 1968

Cancelled from the United States Aircraft Register - June 1968

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-TGV - ?

Registered to Trans-Australia Airlines, Melbourne

The aircraft was named 'Ludwig Leichardt'

Withdrawn from service and stored at Brisbane - January 01, 1974

Sold to Territory Airlines, Papua New Guinea - May 09, 1974

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - July 08, 1974

Entered onto the Papua New Guinea Aircraft Register as P2-TGV - July 08, 1974

Registered to Territory Airlines, Goroka, Papua New Guinea

Territory Airlines changed its name to Talair - December 1974

Reregistered as P2-RDD - March 11, 1976

Registered to Talair, Goroka, Papua New Guinea

The aircraft was renamed 'City of Lae'

Leased to Aerolift, Philippines - November 1986

Cancelled from the Papua New Guinea Aircraft Register - November 27, 1986

Entered onto the Philippines Aircraft Register as RP-C1219 - November 27, 1986

Returned to Talair on termination of the lease - September 1991

Entered onto the Papua New Guinea Aircraft Register as P2-RDD - September 1991

Withdrawn from use and stored at Goroka - May 25, 1993

Ferried Goroka - Mareeba (Queensland) for storage - July 16, 1993

Sold to Airlink Pty Ltd, Rabaul, Papua New Guinea - October 07, 1993

Reregistered as P2-ALT - October 07, 1993

Registered to Airlink Pty Ltd, Rabaul, Papua New Guinea

Sold to Eastland Air, Toowoomba, Queensland - October 14, 1998

Ferried to Rabaul - Brisbane - January 1999

Cancelled from the Papua New Guinea Aircraft Register - ?

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-JEA - February 02, 1999

Registered to R. R. Moore & Co Ltd

Leased to Eastland Air as the registered operator

Entered service with Eastland Air Toowoomba - Brisbane - June 11, 1999

Sold to Wimray Aviation, Darwin - July 2000

Registered to Wimray, Darwin, Northern Territory

Leased to Eastland Air as the registered operator

Returned to Wimray on termination of the lease - July 2002

The aircraft was originally stored at Cairns but later ferried to Toowoomba for storage

At the time of its return to Wimray the aircraft had flown 33,072 hours

The aircraft was offered for sale by auction - September 2003

Registered to Esanda Finance Pty Ltd, Brisbane, Queensland - November 26, 2003

Sold to Sydney Skydivers, Bankstown, Sydney - August 30, 2004

Aircraft was damaged in-flight when the forward baggage hold door detached - January 21, 2005

Substantial damage was caused when the door struck the port-side propellor and fuselage

Repaired and returned to service

Sold to Blue Wings Airlines, Paramaribo, Surinam - October 2007

Departed Sydney (Bankstown) on the ferry flight to the United States - September 28, 2007

Observed at Opa-Locka, Florida - October 19, 2007

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - November 07, 2007

Entered onto the Surinam Aircraft Register as PZ-TSD - July 2008

Registered to Blue Wings Airlines, Paramaribo

Current with Blue Wings Airlines

 

N7252. TAA Trans-Australia Airlines - in the original livery at an unknown airport, May 1968.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-358.)

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

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-741.)

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

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-742.)

VH-JEA. Eastland Air - in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, August 1999.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-833.)