Airlines Douglas DC-3 N62083
Airlines was incorporated under the laws of the Territory of
Hawaii in June of 1946,
but it would be three years on
before the airline flew its first scheduled service (17 February 1949).
The line was
founded by local businessman and publisher Ruddy Tongg., with financial
estate entrepreneur Dr. Hung Wo Ching. It specialized in serving
the local populace and was
known, for a while as "TPA -
The People's Airline". Backed as it was by a Chinese, however,
had the smack of being a communist
outfit so that handle was quickly dropped in favor of "The Aloha
DC-3 above was former USAAF C-47B-15-DK 43-49528 (actually rather a
model" as DC-3s go). It went
to Patair in New Guinea as VH-PNB
in July 1961 and was later leased
to Trans Australia Airlines'
Sunbird Services in New Guinea in 1961. As VH-PNB it was written
landing accident at Madang Airport in 1972.