VH-AEQ was the next machine on the Douglas C-47-DK production line to
USAAF serial 41-18663. Military aircraft seldom stayed together
after delivery, but these
two did, both going to the 5th Air Force in Ausatralia, and then being
demobbed to TAA
together.in 1944. My shot shows it at Essendon in
1955. Color shots
of TAA aircraft
of this era are not common. The one below was
taken by Barrie Colledge in July of 1956
(I was around but
we never met!). -AEQ was originally named 'Blaxland' but was
when Viscount VH-TVB
that name. (It later became 'Wills').
is an image
by Greg Banfield showing
-AEQ in the livery of TAA's latter-day "Inland Charter" services
Mascot in April 1963. It was withdrawn from TAA service in
and leased by Bush
Pilots Airways of Cairns in February 1970.
It carried the name
fourth shot below is a rare one by Norm Weeding of it at
Eagle Farm in
BPA livery. Bush Pilots held it for
only one year and it was sold to Lakeland
Downs Ltd of Brisbane.
Cuskelly states the status of this aircraft as:
stored dismantled on Alvin Petersen's property "Xanadu" in the
near Bendigo, Victoria. The aircraft still carries the remnants of the
when it was an advertising sign for the Great Aeroplane Car Company in
aircraft is in poor condition and for sale.
February, 2006: Phil Vabre forwards the photograph on the bottom
of the page taken from
Tiger Moth VH-FAH of poor old VH-AEQ as she now is.