VH-TGY. de Havilland Canada DHC-6-200 Twin Otter. c/n 124.

Was also registered as: VH-MBX.

 

This aircraft was ordered new by Trans-Australia Airlines

Constructed by de Havilland Canada at Downsview, Ontario, Canada

Rolled out at Downsview - April 15, 1968

First flown at Downsview - June 06, 1968

Powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-20 engines

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N7255 - ?

Registered to de Havilland Canada, Downsview, Ontario, Canada

Accepted by Trans-Australia Airlines at Downsview - June 21, 1968

Handed over to the ferry contractor Air Capital Internation for the ferry flight to Australia - June 21, 1968

Arrived Brisbane on completion of the delivery flight - July 23, 1968

Cancelled from the United States Aircraft Register - July 1968

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-TGY - August 13, 1968

Registered to Australian National Airlines Commission, Melbournex

This aircraft was transferred to Papua New Guinea to operated TAA's Sunbird Services - August 16, 1968

Returned to the Australian mainland services - February 18, 1970

Transferred to Papua New Guinea to replace Twin Otter 'VH-TGR' - April 29, 1970

Returned to the Australian mainland services - July 26, 1970

Withdrawn from service at Brisbane and stored - January 01, 1974

Leased to Islandair Pty Ltd, Toowoomba, Queensland - April 18, 1975

Sold to Islandair Pty Ltd, Toowoomba, Queensland - May 26, 1975

Registered to Island Air Pty Ltd - July 08, 1975

Sold to Aeropelican Intercity Commuter Services - December 1976

Registered to Aeropelican Intercity Commuter Services, Belmont, N.S.W. - August 25, 1977

Withdrawn from service when the DHC-6-320s entered service with Aeropelican

Sold to Talair, Goroka, Papua New Guinea - July 20, 1981

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - July 20, 1981

Entered onto the Papua New Guinea Aircraft Register as P2-RDH - July 20, 1981

Registered to Talair, Goroka, Papua New Guinea

Leased to Aerolift Philippines, Manila as P2-RDH - February 1987

Returned to Talair on termination of the lease - November 1990

Withdrawn from service and stored at Goroka when Talair ceased trading - May 25, 1993

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

Sold to Milne Bay Air, Port Moresby - January 1994

Reregistered as P2-MBS - February 13, 1994

Registered to Milne Bay Air, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

Milne Bay Air was renamed Airlines PNG Ltd - 2000

Withdrawn from service at Port Moresby - September 2000

Sold to Corporate Air Services, Cairns, Queensland - September 14, 2000

Cancelled from the Papua New Guinea Aircraft Register - September 14, 2000

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-MBX - September 14, 2000

Registered to Corporate Air Services, Cairns

Withdrawn fro service and stored at Cairns - July 2001

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - July 12, 2001

Observed at Cairns as 'P2-MBS' in a dismantled condition - April 14, 2004

Observed at Cairns with the fuselage cut into two sections as 'P2-MBS' - June 02, 2007

Scrapped at Cairns - ?

 

VH-TGY. Aeropelican - in the original livery at Newcastle Belmont Airport, April 1979.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-861.)

P2-RDH. Talair Tourist Airlines of Niugini - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, January 1982.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-902.)

P2-RDH. Aerolift - in the basic Talair livery at an unknown airport, circa 1990.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-903.)