TAA acquired a fleet of
four Queen Airs but the economics of operating light aircraft on TAA
pay scales saw them withdrawn after a few years. VH-TGD was
the last arrival, delivered in
August 1965 and sent to Papua New Guinea as a replacement for
TAA’s Catalina VH-SBV
. It could use the small airstrips built to replace the water airports,
strips too small for DC-3s.
The arrival of TAA’s Twin Otters in PNG in late 1966 gave the airline
the capacity, field
performance and operating economics it required and –TGD was flown to
where David Carter photographed it on January 1, 1967. It
was sold to the Royal Flying
Doctor Service along with VH-TGA and TGC . Of the
trio, only –TGD was reregistered,
becoming VH-FDR in May 1967.