VH-TAC. Douglas C-54A-5-DO. c/n 7466-074.

Was also registered as: LV-ABP; HS-VGX; G-BCDT; XW-PKH.

 

Delivered new to United States Army Air Force - February 11, 1944

It was allocated the U. S. serial number 41-107447

Sold to Flota Aerea Mercante Argentina - 1946

Entered onto the Argentinean Aircraft Register as LV-ABP - ?

Transferred to Aerolineas Argentinas when the airlines was merged - May 1949

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-TAC - August 21, 1951

Registered to Australian National Airlines Commission, Melbourne

Sold to Trans-Australia Airlines - November 18, 1951

It arrived at Melbourne (Essendon) on completion of the delivery flight - November 24, 1951

Delivery route: London - Ciampino - Cyprus - Bahrein - Karachi - Singapore - Darwin - Melbourne

Aircraft was named 'John Gould'

Entered service with Trans-Australia Airlines - December 01, 1951

Converted to freighter configuration - 1959

The aircraft was renamed 'Nat Buchanan'

Operated its last revenue service as a freighter Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - Melbourne (Essendon) - April 23, 1969

Placed in open storage at Melbourne (Essendon)

Reactivated due to Melbourne dockstrike and operated Melbourne - Hobart - Launceston - Melbourne - May 27, 1969

Returned to open storage at Melbourne (Essendon)

The Trans-Australia Airlines titles were removed at Melbourne (Essendon) - November 15, 1969

Chartered to Ansett-ANA - December 05 to December 31, 1969

During this charter it was operated in the basic T.A.A. livery without titles

Ferried Melbourne - Brisbane on a 2-year lease to Air Express Frozen Foods - March 15, 1970

Intended lease did not proceed and the aircraft ferried Brisbane - Sydney (Kingsford Smith) for storage - April 02, 1970

Sold to Air Siam, Bangkok, Thailand - April 1970

Entered onto the Thai Aircraft Register as HS-VGX - May 1970

Aircraft was repainted in standard Air Siam livery at Sydney (Kingsford Smith)

Aircraft was named 'Nackorn Rachasima'

Departed Sydney (Kingsford Smith) on the ferry flight to Thailand (Bangkok) - November 03, 1970

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - November 05, 1970

Sold to Eagle Aircraft Services - March 29, 1974

Entered onto the British Aircraft Register as G-BCDT (CofR R.1450/1) - April 29, 1974

Registered to Eagle Aircraft Services, Leavesden Airport, Watford, Herts

Aircraft is believed to have remained stored in Thailand

Cancelled from the British Aircraft Register - November 21, 1974

Sold to Royal Air Lao - January 1975

Entered onto the Loatian Aircraft Register as XW-PKH - ?

Aircraft was destoyed during a communist attack on Phnom Penh - April 10, 1975

 

 

VH-TAC. TAA Trans-Australia Airlines - 'Nat Buchanan' in the original 'Cargomaster' livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, date unknown.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1125-538.)

VH-TAC. TAA Trans-Australia Airlines - 'Nat Buchanan' in the original 'Cargomaster' livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, date unknown.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1125-537.)

VH-TAC. TAA Trans-Australia Airlines - 'Nat Buchanan' in the original 'Cargomaster' livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, February 1966.

(G. Bennett Collection Copyright Image 1125-386.)

VH-TAC. TAA Trans-Australia Airlines - 'Nat Buchanan' in the final 'Cargomaster' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, February 04, 1967.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1125-031.)

VH-TAC. TAA Trans-Australia Airlines - 'Nat Buchanan' in the final 'Cargomaster' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, March 1968.

(G. Bennett Collection Copyright Image 1125-388.)

VH-TAC. TAA Trans-Australia Airlines - 'Nat Buchanan' in the final 'Cargomaster' livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, date unknown.

(G. Bennett Collection Copyright Image 1125-387.)

VH-TAC. TAA Trans-Australia Airlines - 'Nat Buchanan' in the original 'Cargomaster' livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, November 03, 1969.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1125-032.)

VH-TAC. TAA Trans-Australia Airlines - 'Nat Buchanan' in the final 'Cargomaster' livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, November 03, 1969.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1125-242.)

VH-TAC. Ansett-ANA - in the basic T.A.A. livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, December 25, 1969.

(G. Bennett Collection Copyright Image 1125-385.)

VH-TAC. TAA - in the basic livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, May 20, 1970.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 1125-495.)

VH-TAC. Air Siam Cargo - 'Nackorn Rachas Ma' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, October 1970.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 1125-212.)

VH-TAC. Air Siam Cargo - 'Nackorn Rachas MA' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, October 1970.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1125-252.)

VH-TAC. Air Siam Cargo - 'Nackorn Rachas MA' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, October 20, 1970.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 1125-470.)

VH-TAC. Air Siam Cargo - 'Nackorn Rachas MA' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, October 20, 1970.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 1125-471.)

HS-VGX. Air Siam Cargo - in the basic livery at Bangkok Airport, December 1973.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1125-480.)

HS-VGX. Air Siam Cargo - in the basic livery at Hong Kong Kai Tak Airport, August 13, 1974.

(P. de Groot Copyright Image 1125-279.)