VH-TAV   Douglas DC-3CS1C3G                                         (c/n  13622)


                                        Built as a C-47A-25-DK, this Dakota was assigned USAAF serial 42-93683, and was
                                        civilianized in Manila, before going to Qantas Empire Airways as VH-AII  in 1945. It was
                                        reregistered VH-EBI  in 1949.     In 1950 it was acquired by TAA and reregistered
                                        into their sequence with the name 'Todd', a moniker it was carrying when I saw it at above
                                        at Essendon in 1954.  . .   It passed to the TAA's New Guinea ('Sunbird') operation in the
                                        mid 1960s and was reregistered VH-SBJ.    It was sold (donated?) to CASI (Continental
                                        Air Services Inc) in Laos in 1969 and became XW-PEE.   From there it appears to have
                                        received a US registration N13622 (same as its c/n) and sold in December of 1970.
                                        Its history from then on is vague.  Ben Dannecker's shot (below) was taken at Cootamundra
                                        on 18 November 1959 whilst the aircraft was on charter to the Cootamundra Turf Club.