VH-TAS. Convair CV-240-5. c/n 93.
Ordered new by Trans Australia Airlines
Construction completed at the San Diego plant - September 21, 1948
Entered onto Australian Aircraft Register as VH-TAS - October 8, 1948
Registered to Australian National Airlines Commission
Departed San Diego on delivery flight to Australia - October 1948
Arrived Melbourne at conclusion of delivery flight - October 24, 1948
Delivery route: London - Rome - Nicosia - Basra - Karachi - Delhi - Calcutta - Rangoon - Singapore - Makasar -
Darwin - Alice Springs - Adelaide - Melbourne
Aircraft was named 'James Cook' & later 'Thomas Mitchell'
Operated first revenue service - November 3, 1948
Established a speed record for flight Melbourne-Hobart of 74 minutes - March 27, 1954
Operated final revenue service - June 22, 1956
Withdrawn from use and stored at Melbourne's Essendon Airport
Sold to Pakistan International Airlines - July 4, 1956
Departed Melbourne on delivery flight to Pakistan - July 7, 1956
Arrived Karachi at conclusion of delivery flight - July 8, 1956
Delivery route: Alice Springs - Darwin - Sourabaya - Singapore - Bangkok - Rangoon - Calcutta - New Delhi - Karachi
Cancelled from Australian Aircraft Register - July 13, 1956
Entered onto the Pakistan Aircraft Register as AP-AHS
Sold to N.V. Fokker as a trade for Pakistan International Airlines Friendship - October 17, 1959
Entered onto the Dutch Aircraft Register as PH-NLP - ?
Operated by Euravia Air Charter N.V.
Sold to Beldex Corporation - July 6, 1960
Entered onto the U.S. Aircraft Register as N559R - ?
Ferried to St Louis for fitment of executive interior by Remmert-Warner
Sold to Peabody Coal Company, St Louis - January 6, 1961
Sold to Louis Larramore, California - September 30, 1961
Reregistered as N559L - ?
Sold to Beldex Corporation - May 11, 1962
Reregistered as N568R - ?
Sold to Stephens Inc, Little Rock, Arizona - February 14, 1963
Sold to Little Rock Airmotive, then to Faberge Inc - September 21, 1970
Reregistered as N396CG - ?
Sold to Western Commander Inc - August 22, 1972
Ownership transferred to Western Leasing Corporation - August 23, 1972
Sold to the Summa Corportation (Howard Hughes) - August 21, 1974
Sold to Kings Point Corporation, Las Vagas - February 25, 1977
Sold to Gemini Management Corporation, Tulsa, Oklahoma - November 9, 1977
Sold to H. A. Cousins, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan - July 24, 1980
Cancelled from the U.S. Aircraft Register - February 20, 1981
Placed in storage at Pontiac Airport, Michigan
Restored to the U.S. Aircraft Register as N396CG - ?
Sold to C & M Airways Inc, Longview, Texas - August 25, 1989
Sold to Garr Aero Inc, Stillwater, Oklahoma - November 29, 1989
Sold to R. Stevenson, Haskell, Oklahoma - January 5, 1990
Sold to Gunnell Aviation Inc, Santa Monica, California - June 1991
Sold to E. A. Schnepf, Tucson, Arizona - October 29, 1993
Used as a personal transport by singer Glenn Campbell
Withdrawn from service and stored at Camarillo Airport, California as non airworthy - 1999
Reportedly being held in storage for a Camarillo museum since 2003
Acquired by California Air Heritage Foundation - August 2009
Observed being dismantled at Camarillo Airport - August / October 2010
Acquired by the Golden Age Flight Museum - 2016