VH-TGA Grumman G.73 Mallard (1)
VH-TGA was acquired by TAA ostensibly to
provide an amphibian service from Mackay, Qld
resort destinations of Shute Harbour and Brampton Island. In the
event the service was
discontinued after only a month due to adverse sea conditions.
VH-TGA had been purchased
July 1962 by Peter Ahrens of East Coast Air Services of Coolangatta
from Biak in Dutch New
where it had been registered JZ-PCB. He originally planned on
using it on Ansett-ANA
tourist runs to the Barrier
Reef islands to replace their Catalina VH-BRI which sank on 8 July
However, its Australian CofA inspection dragged on longer than was
expected and TAA purchased
that certification was finally forthcoming in June of 1963. As
indicated, it didn't work out
was sold in New Zealand becoming ZK-CDV.
photo above was taken by
Hopton at Essendon in August 1963 just prior to the aircraft leaving
for New Zealand.