VH-ANX      'Tarrana'                                              c/n 18949

                                            Essendon, 1956

                                            Built as a C-47A-65-DL for the USAAF (42-100486), this aircraft was civilianized at the
                                            end of 1945.   After stints with Butler, Ansett-ANA, Airlines of South Australia and Ansett
                                            Airlines of Australia, it was converted in 1970 to a freighter and seconded to subsidiary
                                            MacRobertson Miller Airlines.   After two years freight service with MMA, -ANX was
                                            sold to Australian Aircraft Sales in April 1972, and then onward sold to Island Air Transfer
                                            of Honolulu as N99131.    This company had contracts to carry tourists' outsized baggage
                                            to island resorts using Beech 18s and DC-3s.   N99131 was still flying well into the new
                                            millennium with Genavco Air Cargo in the islands with many tens of thousands of hours
                                            on the airframe by then.
                                            Photos # 2,3 and 4 below, are from the Geoff Goodall collection.  No 2 shows -ANX at
                                            Perth in March 1970 soon after being delivered to MMA from Ansett-ANA storage at
                                            Essendon, wearing the 1960s Ansett-ANA "Cargoliner" scheme with titles painted over.
                                            All MMA's DC-3s had been retired and disposed of the previous year, so when the iron
                                            ore mining boom in WA's north generated unforecast traffic, what better "DC-3 replace-
                                            ment" than more DC-3s?      Consequently, VH-ANX and - ANZ were transferred by
                                            parent company Ansett-ANA to their MMA subsidiary.  Photo No 3 shows -ANX and
                                            -ANZ together at Perth in November 1970, while in No 4 -ANX was seen at Perth in
                                            April 1971 resplendent in MMA's new Ansett-based colour scheme.    After two years
                                            freight service with MMA, VH-ANX was sold to Australian Aircraft Sales in April 1972,
                                            and departed Melbourne for Hawaii 27 August 1972.    The color photo at the foot of the
                                            entry illustrating c/n 18949 in US markings is from the Peter Gates collection.