VH-AEU. Douglas C-47-DL. c/n 6108.

was also registered as: VH-SBO.


Construction completed at Long Beach, California - December 6, 1942

Built as a Douglas C-47-DL

Allocated U.S. serial number 41-19465

Delivered to the U.S.A.A.F. at Mobile, Alabama - December 19, 1942

Allocated to the 5th Air Force and delivered to Archerfield, Brisbane - January 15, 1943

Used by 374th Troop Carrier Group with radio callsign 'VHCGJ'

Aircraft was named 'Cold Turkey'

Used by the 21st Troop Carrier Squadron - February 10, 1943

Handed over to the Department of Civil Aviation - having flown 1,844 hours - July 10, 1944

Acquired under the Lend-Lease agreement for use by the airlines

Converted to civilian standards by Qantas Empire Airways Ltd at Brisbane Airport

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-AEU - July 11, 1944

Registered to Commonwealth of Australia / Department of Civil Aviation

Leased to Qantas Empire Airways Ltd - July 16, 1944 to January 20, 1945

Chartered by Guinea Airways - January 20, 1945 to November 19, 1945

Chartered by MacRobertson Miller Aviation - November 22, 1945

Transferred to Trans Australia Airlines having flown 7,506 hours - 1947

Registered to Australian National Airlines Commission - March 25, 1947

Aircraft was named 'Throsby' then 'Lawson'

Operated first revenue service with T.A.A. - March 30, 1947

Ferried to New Guinea for use on internal routes - August 24, 1960

Reregistered as VH-SBO - January 10, 1962

Aircraft was renamed 'Goroka'

Withdrawn from service having flown 49,876 hours - October 31, 1973

Sold to Air Niugini - November 1, 1973

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - June 1, 1974

Entered onto the New Guinea Aircraft Register as P2-SBO - June 2, 1974

Converted to 'Tour Liner' configuration and entered service - June 1975

Reregistered as P2-ANT - November 6, 1975

Withdrawn from Air Niugini service and stored at Port Moresby - July 3, 1977

Sold to Travmar Holdings Pty Ltd, Rutherford, N.S.W. - December 2, 1978

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-SBO - January 18, 1979

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - June 27, 1979

Reinstated onto the Australian Aircraft Register - September 19, 1979

Repainted in a predominantly blue color scheme for TV star Norman Gunston's outback tour

Withdrawn from service and stored at Sydney's Bankstown Airport - January 1981

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - January 30, 1981

Badly damaged during crash of a suicidal pilot at Bankstown Airport - September 15, 1982

Remains used by airport fire department

Nose section has been preserved at Tamworth


VH-AEU. Trans Australia Airlines - in the silver tail livery at Melbourne's Essendon Airport, July 1956.

VH-AEU. Trans Australia Airlines - in the silver tail livery at Melbourne's Essendon Airport, July 1956.

VH-AEU. Trans Australia Airlines - in the silver tail livery at Melbourne's Essendon Airport, July 1956.

VH-SBO. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - in the white tail livery, location & date unknown.

VH-SBO. TAA Sunbird Services - in the full livery at Lae, date unknown.

VH-SBO. TAA Sunbird Services - in the full livery at Lae, July 1966.

VH-SBO. TAA Sunbird Services - in the modified livery, location and date unknown.

P2-ANT. Air Niugini - in the full livery with 'Tour Liner' titles at Port Moresby, July 1976.

P2-ANT. Air Niugini - in the full livery with 'Tour Liner' titles at Lae Airport, August 1976.

P2-ANT. Travmar - the interior looking forward at Sydney's Bankstown Airport, January 1979.

P2-ANT. Travmar - the interior looking rearward at Sydney's Bankstown Airport, January 1979.

P2-ANT. Travmar - in an 'all white' livery with 'Tour Liner' titles at Bankstown Airport, January 1979.

VH-SBO. Travmar - in the basic new livery at Bankstown Airport, February 1979.

VH-SBO. Travmar - in the full livery at Sydney Airport, May 1979.

VH-SBO. Travmar - in the full livery at Sydney Airport, June 1979.

VH-SBO. Travmar - with '2WS Computer Cup' titles at Melbourne's Essendon Airport, November 1979.

VH-SBO. Travmar - in the 'Norman Gunston' livery at Perth Airport, January 1980.

 

VH-SBO. Travmar - in the 'Norman Gunston' livery at Essendon Airport, January 1980.

 

VH-SBO. Travmar - in the 'Norman Gunston' livery at Sydney's Bankstown Airport, December 1980.

VH-SBO. Travmar - in the 'Norman Gunston' livery at Sydney's Bankstown Airport, December 1980.