VH-ANF. Douglas DC-4-1009. c/n 42917-12.

Was also registered as: VH-BPC; VH-EBK and VH-EDA.


 

Built for Western Airlines at the Douglas Santa Monica plant - March 15, 1945

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as NC10202 - November 28, 1945

Delivered to Western Airlines - March 24, 1946

Sold to Australian National Airways - April 09, 1947

Aircraft had flown 2,493 hours at time of sale

Departed San Francisco on the delivery flight to Australia - April 12, 1947

Arrived Melbourne (Essendon) Airport at the conclusion of the delivery flight- April 16, 1947

Delivery route: San Francisco - Las Vegas - Honolulu - Canton Island - Nadi - Melbourne

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-ANF - April 21, 1947

Registered to Australian National Airways Pty Ltd

Aircraft named 'Loongana' (swift)

Entered service with A.N.A. - April 1947

Sold to British Commonwealth Pacific Airlines - April 22, 1948

Reregistered as VH-BPC - ?

Aircraft was renamd 'Resolution'

Operated the final A.N.A. crewed B.C.P.A. DC-4 service Vancouver - Honolulu - April 25, 1948

Officially handed over to B.C.P.A. on completion of this flight to Australia

Sold to Qantas Empire Airways Ltd - February 15, 1949

Aircraft had flown 8,441 hours at time of sale

Reregistered as VH-EBK - ?

Arrived Sydney (Kingsford Smith) on delivery to Qantas - February 18, 1949

Reregistered VH-EDA - September 23, 1959

Aircraft was renamed 'Malayan Trader' and later 'Pacific Trader'

Chartered by T.A.A. - September 10 - 12, 1967 and October 09, 1967

Operated final DC-4 Sydney - Norfolk Island service as QF436 (Captain R. Bishop) - February 27, 1977

Operated final DC-4 Norfolk Island - Sydney service as QF437 (Captain N. L. Maguire) - February 27, 1977

Flight crew: Captains R. Bishop, N. L. Maguire; F/O W. Pettingell; S/O J. Kavanagh;

Chief Flight Steward K. Sanders; Flight Stewards A. O'Toole, A. Jones; Flight Hostess P. Huggett

Withdrawn from use and stored at Sydney - February 1977

Aircraft had flown 55,120 hours with 9,807 landings

Sold to Air Express, Melbourne and accepted at Sydney - August 19, 1977

Aircraft was renamed 'Tasmanian Enterprise'

Departed Sydney on delivery to Air Express at Melbourne (Essendon) Airport - August 20, 1977

Operated final Air Express service Melbourne (Essendon) - Launceston - Melbourne (Essendon) - August 04, 1979

Air Express ceased all operations due to financial problems - August 20, 1979

Placed in open storage at Melbourne (Essendon) Airport having flown 57,239:35 hours with 10,459 cycles

Sold to Basler Air Freight Inc - January 22, 1980

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - January 22, 1980

Titles removed at Melbourne (Essendon) prior to aircraft departing for the United States

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N5581S - February 06, 1980

This aircraft was incorrectly painted as 'N5581T' at Melbourne before departure

Departed Melbourne on ferry flight flight to the United States - February 17, 1980

Ferry route: Melbourne (Essendon) - Brisbane - Nadi - Honolulu - San Francisco

Sold to Calm Air International Ltd, Canada - November 1981

Entered onto the Canadian Aircraft Register as C-GPFG - ?

Crashed at Hidden Bay, Saskatchewan, Canada - June 16, 1987

Aircraft was on a flight from Kasba Bay when it undershot the runway forcing the undercarriage through the wing

Written off and scrapped

Cancelled from the Canadian Aircraft Register - March 21, 1990

For details regarding this accident please click 'HERE'

 


 

VH-ANF. Australian National Airways - in the original livery at Melbourne Airport, date unknown.

VH-ANF. Australian National Airways - in the original livery at Melbourne Airport, date unknown.

VH-BPC. British Commonwealth Pacific Airlines - in the original livery at Nadi Airport, July 1948.
VH-BPC. British Commonwealth Pacific Airlines - in the original livery at Nadi Airport, July 1948.
VH-EBK. Qantas Empire Airways - in the original livery at Kowloon Airport, October 1949.

VH-EDA. Qantas - in the original white livery at Sydney Airport, date unknown.

VH-EDA. Qantas - in the original white livery at Sydney Airport, date unknown.

VH-EDA. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - in the revised livery at Sydney Airport, date unknown.

VH-EDA. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - in the revised livery at Sydney Airport, October 1966.

VH-EDA. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - in the revised livery at Sydney Airport, December 1966.

VH-EDA. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - in the revised livery at Sydney Airport, December 1966.

VH-EDA. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - inside the cabin at Sydney Airport, May 1969.

VH-EDA. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - inside the cockpit at Sydney Airport, 1971.

VH-EDA. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - inside the cockpit at Sydney Airport, 1971.
 

VH-EDA. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - inside the cockpit at Sydney Airport, 1971.

VH-EDA. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - inside the cockpit at Sydney Airport, 1971.

 
 

VH-EDA. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - in the revised livery at Sydney Airport, September 1967.

VH-EDA. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - in the revised livery at Sydney Airport, September 1967.

 

VH-EDA. Qantas Australia - in the original livery at Brisbane Airport, date unknown.

VH-EDA. Qantas Australia - in the original livery at Sydney Airport, May 1969.

VH-EDA. Qantas Australia - in the original livery at Sydney Airport, May 1969.

VH-EDA. Qantas Australia - in the final livery at Sydney Airport, circa 1972.

VH-EDA. Qantas Australia - in the final livery at Sydney Airport, circa 1972.

VH-EDA. Qantas Australia - in the final livery at Sydney Airport, circa 1972.

VH-EDA. Qantas Australia - in the final livery at Sydney Airport, circa 1972.

VH-EDA. Qantas Australia - in the 'ochre' livery at Sydney Airport, circa 1972.
VH-EDA. Qantas Australia - in the final livery at Sydney Airport, circa 1972.

VH-EDA. Qantas Australia - in the final livery at Sydney Airport, April 1972.

VH-EDA. Qantas Australia - in the final livery at Sydney Airport, December 1975.

VH-EDA. Qantas Australia - in the final livery at Norfolk Island, December 1975.

VH-EDA. Qantas Australia - in the final livery at Norfolk Island, December 1975.

VH-EDA. Qantas Australia - in the final livery at Norfolk Island, December 1975.

VH-EDA. Qantas Australia - in the final livery at Norfolk Island, January 1976.

VH-EDA. Qantas Australia - in the final livery at Norfolk Island, January 1976.

VH-EDA. Qantas Australia - in the final livery at Norfolk Island, January 1976.

VH-EDA. Qantas Australia - in the final livery at Norfolk Island, January 1976.

VH-EDA. Qantas Australia - in the final livery at Norfolk island, January 1976.

VH-EDA. Qantas Australia - in the final livery at Sydney Airport, August 1976.

VH-EDA. Qantas Australia - in the final livery at Sydney Airport, December 1976.

VH-EDA. Qantas Australia - in the final livery at Sydney Airport, February 1977.

VH-EDA. Qantas Australia - second last DC-4 flight at Norfolk Island Airport, February 26, 1977.

VH-EDA. Qantas Australia - last flight to Norfolk ready to depart Sydney Airport, February 27, 1977.

VH-EDA. Qantas Australia - last flight to Norfolk Island at Norfolk Island Airport, February 27, 1977.

VH-EDA. Qantas Australia - passengers deplane from the last flight to Norfolk Island, February 27, 1977.
VH-EDA. Qantas Australia - passengers deplane from the last flight to Norfolk Island, February 27, 1977.

VH-EDA. Qantas Australia - Norfolk Islanders are allowed onto the tarmac, February 27, 1977.

VH-EDA. Qantas Australia - Norfolk Islanders are allowed onto the tarmac, February 27, 1977.
VH-EDA. Qantas Staff pose for the camera to mark the final flight to Norfolk Island, February 27, 1977.

VH-EDA. Qantas Australia - Capt Norm Maguire poses against the engine at Norfolk, February 27, 1977.

VH-EDA. Qantas Australia - Capt Maguire accepts a special presentation before the final departure.
VH-EDA. Qantas Australia - Capt Maguire accepts a special presentation before the final departure.

VH-EDA. Qantas Australia - Capts Bishop & Maguire pose in front of the aircraft before the final departure.

VH-EDA. Qantas Staff pose under the aircraft for the last time at Norfolk Island, February 27, 1977.
VH-EDA. Qantas Australia - passengers board the final DC-4 flight from Norfolk Island, February 27, 1977.

VH-EDA. Qantas Australia - passengers board the final DC-4 flight from Norfolk Island, February 27, 1977.

VH-EDA. Qantas Australia - passengers board the final DC-4 flight from Norfolk Island, February 27, 1977.
VH-EDA. Air Express - in the standard livery at Sydney Airport, August 1977.

VH-EDA. Air Express - in the standard livery at Sydney Airport, August 1977.

VH-EDA. Air Express - in the standard livery at Melbourne Airport, August 1977.

VH-EDA. Air Express - in the standard livery at Melbourne Airport, August 1977.

VH-EDA. Air Express - in the standard livery at Melbourne Airport, date unknown.

VH-EDA. Air Express - with 'Kwikasair' titles at Brisbane Airport, November 1977.

VH-EDA. Air Express - with 'Kwikasair' titles at Melbourne Airport, November 1977.

VH-EDA. Air Express - in the standard livery at Melbourne Airport, January 1978.

VH-EDA. Air Express - in the standard livery at Melbourne Airport, January 1978.

VH-EDA. Air Express - in the standard livery at Melbourne Airport, January 1978.

VH-EDA. Air Express - in the standard livery at Melbourne Airport, May 1978.

VH-EDA. Air Express - in the standard livery at Melbourne Airport, September 1978.

VH-EDA. Air Express - in the standard livery at Melbourne Airport, date unknown.
N5581T. Basler Airlines - in the basic Air Express livery at Melbourne Airport, February 1980.

N5581T. Basler Airlines - in the basic Air Express livery wat Melbourne Airport, February 1980.

N5581T. Basler Airlines - in the basic Air Express livery at Brisbane Airport, February 1980.
 

N5581S. Basler Airlines - inthe basic Air Express livery at unknown location, November 1980.

N5581S. Basler Airlines - in the basic Air Express livery at Oshkosh, June 1981.