posted on Apr, 26 2013 @ 03:06 AM
21 March 1945 The aircraft was built at the Douglas Factory in Oklahoma City and Allocated to the United States Army Air Force on this day,
with the serial number 44 – 76552. It was originally allocated constructor’s number 16136, But later this was found that this block of numbers had
been duplicated with batch of Douglas Havoc Bombers and the constructor’s number was changed to 32884.
06 April 1945 Received at No. 3 Aircraft Depot, Amberley, Queensland, ex the USA and allocated the RAAF serial A65 – 91 and the call
10 April 1945 Issued to No. 38 Squadron, ex 3AD, to maintain courier service.
02 July 1945 Aircraft log shows the machine flew from Archerfield to Mascot on this day.
18 September 1947 Issued at NO. 86 Transport Wing ex 38 Squadron.
03 March 1950 Port engine damage by fire near Kalgoorlie, WA, and engine change at Kalgoorlie.
17 August 1950 Issued to Repair and Salvage Unit at Darwin for operational duties.
21 February 1951 Received at DAP, Parafield, South Australia, from RSU, Darwin
25 June 1951 Transferred from No. 86 Transport Wing to No. 10 Squadron.
23 July 1951 Issued to No. 91 Wing to replace A65 – 96.
15 July 1955 Transferred back to No. 86 Transport Wing from 91 Wing.
12 August 1959 Issued to 34 (S.T.) Squadron for Royal Tour and Used as a baggage carrier for HRH Princess Alexandria’s tour of Australia,
August – September 1959.
23 September 1959 Issued to No. 2 Squadron and used for communications duties, attached to the Australian Ambassador, based in Saigon, Vietnam
03 March 1960 Reissued to No. 86 Transport Wing, ex 2 Squadron
1962 Issued to 38 Squadron (a unit within 86 Transport Wing).
30 November 1964 Transferred to East Sale, Victoria.
11 October 1967 Based with No. 2 ATU. Currently 6767 airframe hours.
17 December 1968 At No. 2 Operational Training Unit.
21 April 1969 Issued to No. 1 Flight Training School at Pearce, WA, with call sign “VMJFB”. This call sign later changed to
03 April 1974 Issued to No. 2 Squadron, based at Butterworth, Malaysia.
09 June 1975 Issued to Aircraft Research and Development Unit (ARDU).
October 1976 Aircraft Ferried from Central Flying School, East Sale, Victoria, to be based at Pearce, replacing the former Pearce based
machine A65 – 102 which had taken part in the Great Australian Air Race to Sydney that same month, en – route to the east for major overhaul.
10 September 1979 Issued to No. 2 Flight training School at Pearce. Total air frame hours 10033.40 hours.
09 June 1980 To Radio School. Laverton. Victoria for conversion as training aid.
30 June 1980 Flew from East Sale to Laverton at 13028.6 hours total time, and allocated for disposal as per tender document
15 January 1986 Sold to Golden West Airways, Queensland
01 December 1987 Sold to Rebel Air, Koomeela, as VH-TMQ
03 December 1987 Arrived at Essendon Airport, ex Laverton still bearing RAAF serial A65-91. Registered to Mezeron Pty Ltd, 84 Bridge Road,
Victoria 3121. Aircraft’s last flight for 12 years.
14 March 1988 Painted up with Canadian registration CF-TBA, and used in a ABC television documentary at Essendon Airport.
28 August 1988 Sold to Colbinra Transport of Maitland, NSW 2320. Over the years the aircraft deteriorated at Essendon, so much that the
authorities put an order on the aircraft to have it moved off the airport grounds.
02 June 1995 Sold to John G. Love, operating as splitters Creek Airlines, of “Gnalta” RMB 668, Splitters Creek, NSW 2640, and
dismantled for transport to Albury. However the dismantled aircraft was never taken to Albury. Civil Register shows change of ownership for VH-TMQ to
Splitters Creek Airlines on this date.
01 July 1996 Sold to Windjammer Promotions Melbourne. Trading as Air Nostalgia.
05 September 1996 Civil Register shows change of ownership on this date to Windjammer Promotions, Post Office Box 297B, Melbourne, 3001.
30 November 1999 Restoration to the aircraft now completed, including engine runs. Aircraft now fitted with 28 upgrade seats, belly mounted
digitial camera.Seat – back video screens, etc. Rolled out of Essendon hanger on this day.
31 March 2000 Aircraft test flown by Bob Lane and Dave Beck, after 4 years restoration. It was it’s first flight in 12 years. Air
Nostalgia’s Managing Director Robert Fisher had wanted to call the aircraft “My Mortgage” but was talked out of it, and a compromise name
“Myra” – a play on words for “My Mortgage” was used instead.
2000 - Current Air Nostalgia operated charter and evening flights over