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Trans Australian Airlines (TAA, now merged with Qantas) bought the aircraft in 1965 and registered it as VH-SBW for service in Papua New Guinea. When VH-SBW was purchased by TAA it had only flown a little over 4,500 hours. - This was considered to have been the lowest number of hours logged on a DC-3 at that time.
Flown to Papua New Guinea this aircraft operated from Jackson Airport and was nicknamed "Jim Taylor" after the famous patrol officer who was one of the first white men to enter Eastern Highlands Province and Western Highlands Province during the 1930's.
In 1973, this aircraft became part of Air Niugini. Registered as P2-ANQ in 1976. This DC-3 made her last flight during July 1979. Last assigned to pilot Larry Blackman.
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