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  Ford 5-AT-E Trimotor Registration Number VH-UTB  

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Aircraft History
Built by Ford as 5-AT-E Trimotor. Constructors Number 5-AT-68. This aircraft's first flight was August 13, 1929 and registered to the Ford Motor Company as NC409H in the United States.

During October 1930, transported to the United Kingdom. In January 1931 registered as G-ABHF in the United Kingdom. The last two letters of the registration "HF" stood for "Henry Ford". In 1934, acquired by Guinea Airways and shipped to New Guinea.

converted into a freighter, removing the seas and adding a hatch in the top of the fuselage. In late February 1937 flown to Archerfield Airfield near Brisbane. During 1938, used to deliver supplies for the Taylor and Black Expedition and was the first aircraft to land at Wabag Airfield.

On October 23, 1941 took off from Wau Airfield with a cargo of timber aboard. Shortly after take off, the right engine failed causing the Trimotor to bank to the right, loose altitude and crash into Little Wau Creek nearby. During the crash, the pilot was injured and the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.

References
Brisbane Courier February 22, 1937 report on VH-UTB flight to Archerfield
Ed Coates Collection VH-UTB Ford 5-AT-C (c/n 5-AT-68)

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Last Updated
March 9, 2018

 

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