VH-AEV. Douglas C-47-DL. c/n 6122.
It was also registered as: VH-SBI.
Construction of this aircraft was completed at the Douglas Long Beach plant - December 07, 1942
It was built as a Douglas C-47-DL
Delivered to the United States Army Air Force - December 07, 1942
Allocated U. S. serial number '41-19479'
Arrived Brisbane (Amberley) for use by 5th Air Force - January 21, 1943
Operated by the 22nd TCS using the radio callsign 'VHCJG'
The aircraft was named 'Overtime'
Acquired by the Commonwealth of Australia / D.C.A. under the lend / lease agreement for use by airlines
Handed over to the Department of Civil Aviation at Sydney - August 28, 1944
The aircraft had flown only 1,561 hours 50 minutes to date
Converted to civilian standards by Australian National Airways
Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-AEV - February 16, 1945
Registered to the Commonwealth of Australia, Melbourne
Leased to Australian National Airways Pty Ltd - February 17, 1945 to January 31, 1946
Leased to M.M.A. - February 01, 1946 to June 18, 1946
Registered to Australian National Airlines Commission, Melbourne - June 29, 1946
The aircraft had now flown 7,270 hours
Transferred to Trans-Australia Airlines as their 3rd aircraft - July 02, 1946
The aircraft was named 'Kennedy'
Operated its first service with Trans-Australia Airlines - July 02, 1946
Transferred to Papua New Guinea to operate the T.A.A. Sunbird services - October 27, 1960
Commenced T.A.A. Sunbird Services - November 02, 1960
The aircraft was renamed 'Manus'
Reregistered VH-SBI - December 16, 1960
The aircraft was specially named 'Pard Mustar' for one day - February 18, 1972
It was used to scatter the ashes of the late Pard Mustar over the Gulf of Huon
Withdrawn from service and placed in storage at Lae - February 23, 1972
It had now flown 52,325 hours 10 minutes
Presented to the Lae Institute of Technology - May 08, 1972
Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - May 09, 1972
Stripped of parts by the Papua New Guinea Defence Force
Placed on display at Lae Airport - April 1975
Purchased by Papua New Guinea National Museum for display at Goroka
VH-AEV. Trans-Australia Airlines - 'Kennedy' in the revised livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, date unknown.
(B. Colledge Copyright Image 0250-689.)
VH-SBI. TAA Airlines of New Guinea - 'Manus' in the final livery at Lae Airport, June 1973.
(G. Bennett Collection Copyright Image 0250-977.)