VH-TAW. Douglas C-47A-10-DK. c/n 12539.

Was also registered as: 42-92708; A65-40; VH-SBE; XW-PFT; N83AC.


Construction of this aircraft was completed at the Douglas Oklahoma City plant - February 15, 1944

It was built as a Douglas C-47A-10-DK

It was delivered to the United States Army Air Force - February 1944

It was allocated the U. S. serial number '42-92708'

Transferred to the Royal Australia Air Force under the lend / lease agreement - March 17, 1944

Entered onto the Australian Military Aircraft Register as A65-40

It was operated using the radio callsign 'VHCUM'

Allocated to No 35 Squadron - March 30, 1944

It was damaged when the pilot retracted the undercarriage whilst aircraft was still on the ground - March 16, 1945

Repaired and allocated to No 36 Squadron - April 23, 1945

Allocated to Squadron HQ, Darwin - April 15, 1946

Allocated to Target Towing Squadron, Darwin - March 25, 1947

Allocated to Aircraft Research & Development Unit (ARDU) - March 05, 1948

Withdrawn from use - January 07, 1951

Leased to Trans-Australia Airlines - April 19, 1951

Sold to Trans-Australia Airlines - May 26, 1951

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-TAW - May 26, 1951

Registered to Australian National Airlines Commission, Melbourne

The aircraft was named 'Meuller' but it was later changed to 'Brockman'

It was utilised in the aerial spraying of a locust plague - November 21, 1955 to December 21, 1955

For this operation aircraft it was based at Mildura, Deniliquin, Rochester and Shepparton

Flight crews: Capts O. O'Malley, R. Blanchard, K. Duffield, P. Allen, W. Reid, D. Moran-Hilford & K. Purnell

Reregistered as VH-SBE - December 08, 1960

Registered to Australian National Airlines Commission, Melbourne

It was transferred to Papua New Guinea to operate the T.A.A. Sunbird Services

It was returned to mainland operations - May 1961

Withdrawn from T.A.A. service and stored pending sale - April 03, 1968

Sold to Continental Air Services - May 19, 1968

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - May 21, 1968

Entered onto the Loatian Aircraft Register as XW-PFT - ?

Leased to Air America Inc

Sold to J. M. Garfinkle t/a South East Asia Air Transport - November 05, 1973

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N83AC - ?

It was operated by Air Cambodge

Withdrawn from use - April 1975

Cancelled from the United States Aircraft Register - October 1981

The eventual fate of this aircraft has not been clarified



VH-SBE. TAA Sunbird Service - in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, date unknown.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0251-820.)

VH-SBE. TAA Sunbird Service - in the standard livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, February 23, 1964.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0251-821.)