VH-TAJ. Douglas C-47A-20-DK. c/n 13085.


Construction was completed at the Douglas Oklahoma City plant - May 1944

It was built as a Douglas C-47A-20-DK

Delivered to the United States Army Air Force - ?

It was allocated the U. S. serial number '42-93200'

Transferred to the Royal Australian Air Force under the lend / lease agreement - May 25, 1944

Entered onto the Australian Military Aircraft Register as A65-51

It was operated using the radio callsign 'VHCIH'

Allocated to No 38, No 35 & No 36 Squadrons during the war

Sold to Trans-Australia Airlines - September 25, 1946

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-TAJ - June 05, 1947

Registered to Australian National Airlines Commission. Melbourne

The aircraft was named 'McKinlay'

Operated its first T.A.A. revenue service - June 06, 1947

The entrance door was modified to permit mail and supplies to be dropped in flight - December 1957

This requirement was especially useful during the Queensland wet season

It was one of four aircraft modified for this role with the test flights carried out at Mangalore, Victoria

Operated its final T.A.A. revenue service - July 12, 1968

Withdrawn from use and stored at Brisbane Airport pending sale

Sold to Australian Aircraft Sales - January 03, 1969

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - February 27, 1969

Sold to Seulawah Air Services - May 24, 1969

Entered onto the Indonesian Aircraft Register as PK-RDH

Withdrawn from use - 1972

Final disposition of this airframe still needs to be ascertained at this time



VH-TAJ. Trans-Australia Airlines - 'Mckinlay' in the 'silver tail' livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, date unknown.

(B. Colledge Copyright Image 0251-116.)

VH-TAJ. Trans-Australia Airlines - 'Mckinlay' in the 'silver tail' livery at an unknown airport, date unknown.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0250-363.)

VH-TAJ. TAA Trans-Australia Airlines - 'Mckinlay' in the 'white tail' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1964.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0250-248.)