VH-ANB. Douglas DC-4-1009. c/n 42948-7.
This aircraft was ordered new by Australian National Airways in 1944 - ?
Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-ANB - November 01, 1945
Registered to Australian National Airways Pty Ltd, Melbourne
Thev aircraft was named 'Lackrana' (great)
Accepted by A. N. A. at the Douglas Santa Monica plant - March 07, 1946
Departed Santa Monica (14:00 local) on the delivery flight to Australia (Captain H. F. Baker) - March 07, 1946
Arrived Melbourne (Laverton) on completion of the delivery flight - March 12, 1946
Delivery route: San Francisco - Honolulu - Canton Island - Nadi - Melbourne
During this delivery flight / commercial service a movie was screened in the main lounge
Entered Australian service with A.N.A. - March 1946
It was chartered on an ad hoc basis to B.C.P.A. for trans Pacific services - September 15, 1946 to April 21, 1948
Operated the inaugurated A.N.A.non-stop Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - Hobart service - February 15, 1952
Withdrawn from service and sold to Twentieth Century Aircraft, Burbank, California - April 08, 1958
Departed Melbourne (Essendon) on the ferry flight to the United States - April 09, 1958
Ferry route: Melbourne - Tontouta - Canton Island - Honolulu - Los Angeles - Las Vegas - Burbank
Flight crew: Captains K. McFadden, R. W. Davies; F/O N. Smith; F/E McDonough; Navigator W. C Kennedy
Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N5517V - April 16, 1958
Cancelled the fromAustralian Aircraft Register - May 05, 1958
Sold to Trans Mediterranean Airways, Lebanon - May 15, 1959
Entered onto the Lebanese Aircraft Register as OD-ADK - ?
Sold to Air Gabon - July 1971
Entered onto the Gabonese Aircraft Register as TR-LPU - ?
Sold to Sofimatex - December 1971
Entered onto the Congolese Aircraft Register as TN-ACF - ?
Sold to l'Agence de Messageries Aeriennes du Zaire
Entered onto the Zaire Aircraft Register as 9Q-COK - ?
Withdrawn from use, stored then scrapped during 1973
VH-ANB. Australian National Airways Pty Ltd - 'Lackrana' in the standard livery at Wagga Wagga Airport, December 1953.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1125-021.)
VH-ANB. Australian National Airways Pty Ltd - 'Lackrana' in the final livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, circa 1956.
(B. Colledge Copyright Image 1125-299.)
VH-ANB. Australian National Airways Pty Ltd - 'Lackrana' in the final livery at Wagga Wagga Airport, December 1953.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1125-159.)
OD-ADK. TMA of Lebanon - in the standard livery at Biggin Hill Airport, July 1959.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1125-561.)
OD-ADK. TMA of Lebanon - in the standard livery at Biggin Hill Airport, May 1965.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1125-534.)