VH-INJ. Bristol 170-21E Freighter. c/n 12755.
First flown as a B-170-21E Freighter - 1946
Entered onto the British Aircraft Register as G-AICL - November 11, 1948
Registered to Bristol Aeroplane Company
Leased to Australian National Airways as G-AICL - November 23, 1948
Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-INJ - April 06, 1949
Registered to Australian National Airways Pty Ltd, Melbourne
The aircraft was named 'Pokana' - (Heron)
Continued to operate under its United Kingdom C.of A. until November 23, 1949
The aircraft was used on freight services from Melbourne to Tasmania
It had the distinction of being first aircraft to land at Melbourne (Moorabbin) Airport
It was operated on the 'Air Beef' scheme in Western Australia - May 07, 1951 to 1954
Ownership was transferred to Ansett-A.N.A. - October 04, 1957
It was overhaulled and repainted into the Ansett-A.N.A. livery - 1959
Operated last revenue service for Ansett-A.N.A. Hobart - Melbourne (Essendon) - June 26, 1960
Withdrawn from service and stored at Melbourne (Essendon)
Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - October 03, 1960
The aircraft was scrapped - September 1961
VH-INJ. Australian National Airways Pty Ltd - 'Pokana' in the original livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, date unknown.
(B. Colledge Copyright Image 1920-187.)
VH-INJ. Australian National Airways Pty Ltd - 'Pokana' in the original livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, circa 1954.
(E. Coates Copyright Image 1920-476.)