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  CV-240-5  Serial Number 93 Registration N396CG

Aircraft History
Built by the Convair Division of General Dynamics at San Diego. Construction number 93. Serial Number 93. Completed September 21, 1948.

On October 8. 1948, purchased by Trans Australia Airlines (TAA) and registered as VH-TAS. Flown overseas to Australia by the delivery flight including Captain R Meates, First Officer P Wilson and Navigator H Cast. On October 24, 1948 arrived at Essendon Airport. Nicknamed "James Cook". On November 3, 1948 first commercial flight in Australia.

On May 4, 1956 sold to Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) and registered as AP-AHS. Operated in Pakistan.

On October 17, 1959 traded to N. V. Fokker in exchange for a Fokker F.27 Friendships. Allocated the registration PH-EUT, but never assigned. Operated as Euravia Air Charter and registered as PH-NLP. Nicknamed "Lean Pot".

On July 6, 1960, returned to the United States and owned by Beldex Corporation and registered as N559R. On July 7, 1960 ferried to St. Louis and overhauled at Remmert-Warner hangar and outfitted as an executive airliner.

During September 1970 purchased by Faberge Inc. and used by Hollywood movie star Cary Grant as a personal aircraft registered as N396CG. Afterwards, owned by a variety of entities including Howard Hughes. During 1982 to 1986 stored in Pontiac, MI.

In August 1989 owned by C&M Airways in Texas, then sold and registered to another owner several months later. On July 23, 1991 owned by Gunnell Aviation Inc. of Santa Monica, CA. In the early 1990s, leased by Renown Aviation for use as an air freighter. Since 1998 parked at Oxnard AFB (Camarillo Airport). During August 2009 reportedly sold or traded to Air Heritage Foundation but never entered their collection. During 2010, the process of disassembling the aircraft was begun and each peice transported to The Proud Bird Restaurant for future display.



This is how AHS looked when it was flying with PIA in 50s!
http://www.historyofpia.com/olddays5.htm

More pictures of it...
http://www.airliners.net/search/photo.s ... entry=true

Google Earth's view..
http://virtualglobetrotting.com/map/car ... ?service=0

References
History of PIA - Old Fleet - AP-AHS

History of PIA - Forum "Old Photos of PIA, Orient Airways and Pak Air"
Convair CV240 c/n 93: its History by Gil White via Wayback Machine June 3, 2011
Convairliners by R. Leeuw
Warbirds Information Exchange (WIX) Convair 240 ( Cary Grant's ) N396CG page 1 of 2
Warbirds Information Exchange (WIX) Convair 240 ( Cary Grant's ) N396CG page 2 of 2 (photos)
FAA Registry N396CG

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Last Updated
January 9, 2018

 

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