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Withdrawn from use and stored at Brisbane Airport pending sale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Withdrawn from use - 1972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.)