Ferried to Australia as N4026Q, VH-TFO was delivered
to Thunderbird Aviation in October
1967. Tamworth-based Thunderbird was a charter
company that had been licensed to take
West’s DC-3 route from Sydney to Scone and Quirindi.
Services started as “on-
charters” using Cessna 337B VH-DQY pending the arrival of –TFO.
third-level services did not start until March 1968 . They
abruptly ceased in
-TFO passed to Nationwide Air Services, another
third-level airline, and was
photographed in its markings by David Carter at Mascot on August
29, 1969. In the 1970s
it was acquired by
yet another airline, Bush Pilots Airways . The hard-working 402
drawn from use
in July 1995.