Aviation Historical Aircraft Society Convair 440 about to do a ground run at Wollongong Airport.
This Convair was built over 60 years ago in 1954 as a C-131 military transport, and its long history includes service with the US Air Force and Bolivian airline, Lineas Aereas Canedo. In recent years it was operated by South Africa’s luxury travel company, Rovos Rail to ferry passengers to Victoria Falls where they would join a train for the return journey. It was with Rovos that the aircraft was fitted out with its luxurious leather and walnut interior.
The Convair is beautifully presented in the traditional Trans Australia Airlines livery consistent with its age. HARS now has two aircraft in TAA colours, the other being TAA’s first aircraft, DC-3, VH-AES, Hawdon. Refernence:
Registered VH TAA, it was painted in South Africa prior to coming to Australia including the logo's... but can you spot the kangaroo in the room...