Essendon early 1950s.
This was the first VH-INY. The photo of it in its
original ANA livery (above) is from the Barrie
collection. The lower images show it in "National" styling and
also in its original markings
Air Ceylon. This aircraft was an ex US
Navy R5D-1 which was civilianized in 1946
Veterans Air Express as N58003,
passing to Matson Navigation Company as N57777.
It was sold to
Air Ceylon as
VP-CBD in 1949, and re-registered CY-ACA in 1950. ANA
it 1951, although it continued to operate in Air Ceylon markings as my
shows, possibly under
lease. It was repatriated back to Australia in time for it to be
used as the
aircraft allotted for Queen Elizabeth during the 1953 Royal Tour.
It carried the markings
the above shot (with the Royal cypher on the nose) at that time.
In 1958 it was sold to
Twentieth Century Airlines, a
US non-sked carrier, who quickly sold it off
to Transavia in
D-ADAL. The aircraft finally wound up in the hands of
Aviation Traders at
Southend, England in 1960 who converted it to an ATL-98 Carvair.