VH-TAP. Convair 240-5. c/n D42.
Was also registered as: AP-AHO; PH-NHZ; N557R; N503; N196N.
This aircraft was part of an original order for 20 airframes placed by Western Airlines but was not taken up
Convair offered these aircraft to other interested airlines providing they accepted the Western specifications
Trans-Australia Airlines agreed to purchase five of these aircraft for $US 260,000
This aircraft was constructed at the San Diego plant
Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-TAP - March 24, 1948
Registered to Australian National Airlines Commission, Melbourne
Construction completed - September 21, 1948
Handed over to Trans-Australia Airlines at San Diego - October 08, 1948
The aircraft was named 'Matthew Flinders'
Operated its first revenue service - January 26, 1949
Operated its final revenue service - May 21, 1956
Withdrawn from service and stored at Melbourne (Essendon) pending its sale
Sold to Pakistan International Airlines - June 19, 1956
Entered onto the Pakistan Aircraft Register as AP-AHO - ?
Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - June 20, 1956
Departed Melbourne (Essendon) on the ferry flight to Pakistan - June 23, 1956
Sold to Fokker NV as a trade-in on a Friendship - October 17, 1959
Entered onto the Dutch Aircraft Register as PH-NHZ - ?
Sold to Remmert Warner - June 30, 1960
Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N557R - ?
Sold to Falstaff Brewing Company - 1964
Reregistered as N503 - ?
Sold to Alaska Coastal Ellis Airlines - 1966
Reregistered as N196N - ?
Ownership was transferred to Alaska Airlines Inc - April 01, 1968
Withdrawn from service and placed in storage - October 1969
Sold to Pacific Nevada Airlines - January 1973
Repossessed by Alaska Airlines Inc - May 1973
Returned to Pacific Nevada Airlines - December 1973
Ownership was transferred to Pacific Coastal Airlines - 1975
Repossessed by Crocker National Bank, San Francisco - January 01, 1976
The aircraft was scrapped at Long Beach, California - June 1979
VH-TAP. TAA Trans-Australia Airlines - 'Matthew Flinders' in the original livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, date unknown.
(B. Colledge Copyright Image 1029-130.)
VH-TAP. TAA Trans-Australia Airlines - 'Matthew Flinders' in the original livery at Brisbane Eagle Farm Airport, date unknown.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1029-087.)
N196N. Alaska - in the 'Coastal Airlines' livery at Juneau Airport, November 1969.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1029-161.)
N196N. Alaska - in the basic 'Coastal Airlines' livery at Juneau Airport, August 1973.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1029-265.)