VT-AUE Douglas DC-3
This photograph is from
the album of Ben Manuel. Ben's grandfather worked for Air India
II. Clearly the subject
of this shot were the airline employees, rather than the aircraft
this DC-3 photo is interesting in that it shows "The Tata Line" titling
cheat line rather than following the 'Air-India" as was the norm in
latter years (see VT-AUR).
VT-AUE was a former C-47A-080-DL, delivered to
the USAAF in 1944, serial 43-15053.
It was released to Tata Airlines in
November 1945 which was renamed Air-India a year later.
Another name change in August 1953 found it
registered to Indian Airlines Corporation.
Like several other IAC machines, it went
to the Indian Air Force in 1960 when the domestic
national carrier upgraded to Viscounts and Friendships.