VH-TAZ Stockdale

Type: L-18-56-23 Lodestar C-60A-5-LO
MSN: 2612
Previous Identities: 43-16452
VHRAH (callsign)
Subsequent Identities: N4848V


12NOV43 Delivered to the United States Army Air Force as C-60A-5-LO serial 43-16452. (Source: 2)
13NOV43 Delivered ex Lockheed. (Source: 3)
13NOV43 Arrived Long Beach. (Source: 3). Fitted with long range tanks at Long Beach. (Source: 2)
01DEC43 Departed Long Beach. (Source: 3)
16DEC43 Received at 3AD Amberley ex USAAF as 43-16452. To be renumbered A67-8 and 37SQN to arrange immediate collection. (Source: 1)
Allocated callsign VHRAH. (Source: 1)
21DEC43 Received at 37SQN Laverton ex 3AD. (Source: 1)
28MAY45 Received at No 1 Communication Unit (1CU) Essendon ex 37SQN. (Source: 1)
11JUN45 Grounded at 1CU as per RAAF signal. (Source: 1)
07JUL45 Allotted 7AD, Tocumwal ex 1CU for inspection and possible tank repairs. (Source: 1)
09AUG45 Received at 7AD ex 1CU. (Source: 1)
16JAN46 Work to cease. Aircraft to be stored Cat D. (Source: 1)
08FEB46 Received at 7AD Store ex 7AD. (Source: 1)
19MAR47 Sold through Commonwealth Disposals Commission for £2,500 to the Department of Civil Aviation, Melbourne. (Source: 1)
18SEP47 Issued to purchaser. (Source: 1)
26SEP47 Allotted to Department of Aircraft Production at Parafield ex Care and Maintenance Unit (prev 7AD), Tocumwal. (Source: 1)
OCT47 Trucked from Tocumwal to Parafield in convoy with A67-2 and A67-10 for overhaul by the Dept of Aircraft Production. (Source: 2)
20JUL50 Registered to the Department of Civil Aviation as VH-CAC. (Source: 5)
Leased to Trans-Australia Airlines. Used on the Townsville-Innisfail-Cairns run. Likely also used on the Sydney-Newcastle route.
26APR51 Departed Essendon for Townsville and Cairns. (Source: 4)
27APR51 Arrived Cairns. (Source: 4)
22FEB52 Sold to TAA as VH-CAC.
26FEB52 Re-registered VH-TAZ to TAA. (Source: 5)
Named Stockdale.
05MAY53 Withdrawn from service. (Source: 2)
27MAR53 Sold to Earl Bacon Corp via B.W.Cowan.
10MAY53 Departed Australia on delivery to the Earl Bacon Corp as N4848V. (Source: 2)
APR54 Registered NX4848V to William P. Lear. (Source: 2)
54 Converted to executive configuration as a Learstar. (Source: 2)
10MAY54 First flown as a Learstar. (Source: 2)
AUG54 By this date the aircraft was re-registered N14L. (Source: 2)
25APR55 To Learcraft Conversions Inc. (Source: 2)
27APR55 Learstar conversion completed. (Source: 2)
28APR55 To Chance-Vought Aircraft Inc. (Source: 2)
16AUG61 Transferred to Ling-Temco-Vought Inc. (Source: 2)
02JAN65 Company renamed LTV Aerospace Corp. (Source: 2)
01JAN69 Returned to Ling-Temco-Vought Inc. (Source: 2)
12NOV71 To Tom Steele. (Source: 2)
11JAN72 To Aero Enterprise Corp. (Source: 2)
10MAY72 To Robrose Sales of Florida Inc. (Source: 2)
MAY72 To United Aviation Inc. (Source: 2)
08OCT73 To Richard D Johnson. (Source: 2)
OCT73 To Onyx Aviation Inc. (Source: 2)
MAY74 To Allen Edward Corp, Denver CO. (Source: 2)
AUG74 Last reported at Winter Haven, Florida. (Source: 2)
31OCT75 Cancelled from the US Register following a crash of which no details are known. (Source: 2)
Parts from this aircraft were used on MSN 2454 (no Australian history). (Source: 2)
For more information on TAA Lodestar operations out of Cairns see the page for VH-TAY.


RAAF Form E/E.88 Airframe Record Card
Peter J. Marson, The Lockheed Twins, Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd., 2001.
MAC Air Case 200. NAA via Gordon Birkett
Log book of Capt R.R. Hickey via Gordon Reid
Tony Arbon, AustAirData.

Issue Date Remarks
10 19AUG16
Major update from sources shown.
9 18AUG16
Added an image of N14L thanks to Geoff Goodall.
Added two images of VH-CAC thanks to Geoff Goodall. Image 1 Image 2
8 03APR16
Refreshed page layout with no change to data.
7 24JUN06
Added delivery details thanks to Gordon Birkett.
6 05FEB06
Added detail of the ferry flight from Essendon to Cairns drawn from the log book of Captain R.R. Hickey supplied by Gordon Reid.
5 29AUG04
Added an image of VH-TAZ in TAA colours thanks to Gary Killion and Geoff Goodall.
4 13FEB04
Added two images of this aircraft as the Learstar prototype thanks to Gary Killion. Also added an image as A67-8 thanks to Phil Vabre of the CAHS.
3 16APR99

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