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Flying Boat Services
Trans Oceanic Airways
Barrier Reef Airways
Built by Short in Rochester, Kent United Kingdom. Constructors Number SB.3556.
On April 26, 1944 assigned to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Sunderland A26-5. with call sign VH-COE. Assigned to 40 Squadron at Townsville and received on July 2, 1944.
On July 10, 1944 damaged when struck by S.S. Marella off Townsville. Afterwards, repaired.
On December 16, 1946 flown from Rathmines to Rose Bay and converted to a Sunderland (Hythe) with seating for 22 passengers.
On October 24, 1947 registered in Australia (Certificate of Registration 1434) with call sign VH-AKP. That same day, issued was Certificate of Airworthiness 1350 (CofA 1350).
On January 21, 1948 nicknamed "Antilles". In 1949 renamed "Tahiti Star". Withdrawn from service during December 17, 1949 until December 5, 1950 and converted with seating for 36 passengers.
On January 1, 1951 made a final TOA flight to the Pacific Islands. On June 17, 1952 made a final TOA flight from Sydney to Grafton. On July 1, 1952 placed in liquidation, yet continued to make limited service from Sydney to Lord Howe Island.
On August 16, 1952 leased to Barrier Reef Airways / Ansett Flying Boat Services. Next, leased to Ansett Flying Boat Services between November 1, 1952 to December 27, 1952. On April 15, 1953 made a final TOA flight from Sydney to Lord Howe Island.
On May 20, 1953 sold to Ansett Flying Boat Services and registered on May 25, 1953 but continued to operate in TOA markings and was utilized as a replacement aircraft as a replacement aircraft for VH-BRD.
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