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Withdrawn from service and stored at Melbourne (Essendon) pending its sale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Withdrawn from service and placed in storage - October 1969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.)