VH-INZ. Douglas C-54A-DO c/n 3077-19.
Was also registered as: NC5777; VP-CBE; CY-ACB; N5521V;
HP-351; 5N-AFC; N11117.
This aircraft was delivered new to the United States Army Air Force - April 28, 1943
It was allocated the serial number '41-32786' but it did not enter service
TIt was tansferred to the United States Navy as an R5D-1 with the serial number 'Bu 39140' - April 28, 1943
Returned to the United States Army Air Force as '41-37286' - April 1946
Transferred to the War Assests Administration for disposal - April 1946
Sold to Veterans Air Express Inc, Rhode Island - May 24, 1946
Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as NC57777 - ?
Transferred to P. P. Artoserse & L. O'Dell (Trustees for bankrupt Veterans Air ) - December 1946
Sold to Matson Navigation Co, San Francisco - November 01, 1948
Australian National Airways applied for an Australian C of R for a DC-4 - November 25, 1948
Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-ANF (c/n 3077) - November 25, 1948
This Certificate of Registration was not taken up
Transferred to Air Ceylon - January 21, 1949
Entered onto the Ceylonese Aircraft Register as VP-CBE - January 24, 1949
Departed London (Heathrow) on the ferry flight to Melbourne - January 21, 1949
Cancelled from the United States Aircraft Register - January 24, 1949
It arrived at Melbourne (Essendon) on completion of the ferry flight - January 26, 1949
Ferry route: London - Castel Benito - Cairo - Karachi - Colombo - Singapore - Darwin - Melbourne
Operated its first Air Ceylon revenue service Melbourne (Essendon) - London (Heathrow) - February 04, 1949
This aircraft was named by the Governor-General of Ceylon 'Ratmalana' - February 07, 1949
Reregistered CY-ACB - October 11, 1950
Sold to Australian National Airways Pty Ltd - December 1950
Entered onto the Australian Aircraft register as VH-INZ - December 21, 1950
It retained the name 'Ratmalana' (site of Colombo's first airport)
Remained under charter to Air Ceylon and was operated in the Air Ceylon livery
Returned to A.N.A. when Air Ceylon ceased operations - July 23, 1953
Delivered to A.N.A. at Melbourne (Essendon) - July 27, 1953
Transferred to Ansett-ANA but it was never registered to them - October 21, 1957
Sold to Twentieth Century Airlines Inc - April 21, 1958
Departed Melbourne (Essendon) on the ferry flight to the United States - June 15, 1958
Ferry route: Melbourne - Nadi - Canton Island - Honolulu - Los Angeles - Las Vegas
Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - June 15, 1958
Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N5521V - ?
Sold to Seven Seas Airlines Inc, New York - July 1959
The aircraft was named 'Mediterranean Sea'
Sold to Ameurco Anstalt - February 24, 1961
Sold to Seven Seas Airlines - June 13, 1961
Repossessed by Ameurco Anstalt - August 01, 1961
Sold to Aeronaves de Panama SA - March 21, 1962
Entered onto the Panamanian Aircraft Register as HP-351 - ?
Sold to Pan African Airlines, Nigeria - September 1962
Entered onto the Nigerian Aircraft Register as 5N-AFC - ?
Sold to Lion Enterprises Establishment - 1966
Sold to Crossroads Aviation Inc - February 13, 1967
Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N11117 - ?
Sold to Aviation Facilities Inc - November 02, 1968
Operated by Pan African Airlines during the Biafran conflict - from April 1969
Withdrawn from use and stored at Lagos Airport - May 1970
Sold to East Coast Aviation Corp - November 10, 1972
Repossessed by Security Investment Company - February 26, 1973
Sold to Concare Aircraft Leasing Corp. - February 26, 1973
Sold to Seminole Aviation Inc - June 12, 1973
Sold to Cecil E. Wroten - July 1974
It was operated in south-east Asia
Withdrawn from use and stored at Phnom Penh Airport, Cambodia - 1975
Eventual fate of this aircaft is still unclear
VH-INZ. Australian National Airways Pty Ltd - 'Ratmalana' in the revised livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, date unknown.
(B. Colledge Copyright Image 1125-441.)