VH-TAP. Convair CV-240-5. c/n D42.
Constructed at the San Diego plant for Trans Australia Airlines
Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-TAP - March 24, 1948
Registered to Australian National Airlines Commission
Construction completed - September 21, 1948
Handed over to T.A.A. at San Diego - October 8, 1948
Originally named 'Matthew Flinders'
Operated first revenue service - January 26, 1949
Operated final revenue service - May 21, 1956
Withdrawn from service and stored at Melbourne's Essendon Airport pending sale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 on delivery flight to Pakistan - June 23, 1956
Sold to Fokker NV as a trade-in on Friendship - October 17, 1959
Entered onto the Dutch Aircraft Register as PH-NHZ
Sold to Remmert Warner - June 30, 1960
Entered onto the U.S. Aircraft Register as N557R - ?
Sold to Falstaff Brewing Company - 1964
Reregistered as N503 - ?
Sold to Alaska Coastal Ellis Airlines - 1966
Reregistered as N196N - ?
Ownership transferred to Alaska Airlines Inc - April 1, 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Withdrawn from service and placed in storage - October 1969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 transferred to Pacific Coastal Airlines - 1975
Repossessed by Crocker National Bank, San Francisco - January 1, 1976
Aircraft scrapped at Long Beach, California - June 1979
VH-TAP. Trans Australia Airlines - in the original livery at Essendon Airport, date unknown.
VH-TAP. Trans Australia Airlines - in the original livery at Brisbane Airport, date unknown.
N196N. Alaska - in the full livery at an unknown airport, November 1969.