VH-INH. Douglas DC-6B. c/n 44693-551.


 

Ordered new to Australian National Airways Pty Ltd

Aircraft was configured to seat 58 First Class passengers but was later changed to seat 60 passengers

Had a six-seat 'Starlight Lounge' fitted at the rear of the aircraft but these seats were not sold on flights to Perth

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-INH - December 16, 1954

Registered to Australian National Airways Pty Ltd, Melbourne

Accepted by A.N.A. and departed Los Angeles on the delivery flight to Australia - February 11, 1955

Arrived Melbourne (Essendon) Airport at the conclusion of the delivery flight - February 15, 1955

Delivery route: Los Angeles - San Francisco - Honolulu - Canton Island - Nadi - Melbourne

Flight crew: Captains A. Lovell, A. Wales; F/O Smith; Engineer J. Stubbs

Aircraft was named 'Bungana' (chief)

Operated a promotional flight Melbourne (Essendon) - Hobart - March 07, 1955

Operated first revenue service Melbourne (Essendon) - Adelaide - Perth - March 09, 1955

Established a speed record on Perth - Adelaide sector of under 4 hours - April 14, 1955

This occured one day after VH-INU had broken the previous record

Transferred to Ansett-ANA ownership following the acquisition of A.N.A. - October 04, 1957

Leased to Trans Australia Airlines in exchange for 1.5 of their Viscount 720s - February 26, 1960

The leasing fee was set at 199 Pounds 12 Shillings per day

Operated first revenue service with T.A.A. - March 07, 1960

Operated first T.A.A. Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - Port Moresby (New Guinea) service - July 09, 1960

Sub-chartered to T.E.A.L. - 1960

Operated final T.A.A. revenue service - August 14, 1966

Returned to Ansett-ANA on termination of the cross-charter lease - August 29, 1966

Placed in open storage at Melboure (Essendon) Airport

Re-entered service with Ansett-ANA - December 06, 1966 to March 1967

Sold to Sterling Airways via Australian Aircraft Sales P/L - March 29, 1967

Departed Melbourne on the ferry flight to Denmark - March 30, 1967

Arrived Kobenhavn at the conclusion of the ferry flight - April 08, 1967

Delivery route: Melbourne - Perth - Cocos Islands - Colombo - Karachi - Bahrain - Cairo -

Rome - Schiphol - Kobenhavn

Flight crew: Captains S. Hayward, W. B. Parker; Navigator W. C. Kennedy; Engineer A. Drewett

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - April 08, 1967

Entered onto the Danish Aircraft Register as OY-STP - April 1967

Withdrawn from service by Sterling at Kastrup Airport - September 15, 1970

Scrapped - remains used by the local fire service

 


 

VH-INH. Australian National Airways - in the standard livery at an unknown location, February 1955

VH-INH. Australian National Airways - in the last livery at Melbourne Airport, date unknown

VH-INH. Australian National Airways - in the last livery at Melbourne Airport, February 1955.

VH-INH. Australian National Airways - in the last livery, location & date unknown.

VH-INH. Australian National Airways - in the last livery at Adelaide Airport, date unknown.

VH-INH. Ansett-ANA - in the full livery at Western Junction, date unknown.

VH-INH. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - in original 'white tail' livery at West Beach Airport, April 1960.

VH-INH. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - in original 'white tail' livery at West Beach Airport, April 1960.

VH-INH. T.A.A. Trans Australia Airlines - in original 'white tail' livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport.

VH-INH. T.A.A. Trans Australia Airlines - in original 'white tail' livery at Sydney Airport, date unknown.

VH-INH. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - in the 'white tail' livery at Sydney Airport, May 1965.

VH-INH. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - in the 'white tail' livery at Sydney Airport, May 1965.

VH-INH. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - in the 'white tail' livery at West Beach Airport.

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

VH-INH. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - in the 'white tail' livery at Essendon Airport, February 1966.

VH-INH. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - in the 'white tail' livery at Essendon Airport, September 1966.

VH-INH. Ansett-ANA - in the full livery at Coolangatta Airport, January 1967.

VH-INH. Ansett-ANA - in the full livery at Melbourne's Essendon Airport, March 1967.

OY-STP. Sterling - in the standard livery at Copenhagen Airport, September 1969.

OY-STP. Sterling - in the standard livery at Copenhagen Airport, date unknown.

OY-STP. Sterling - in the standard livery at Copenhagen Airport, September 1969.

OY-STP. Sterling - the burnt-out remains at Copenhagen Airport, March 1972.

 

OY-STP. Sterling - the burnt-out remains at Copenhagen Airport, November 1972.