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DHC-6 Twin Otter Series 300
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Series 300



• Registration • Activity and details of Owner/Operator and other historical information

• N8861 de Havilland Canada Inc., Downsview, ON. Rolled out d Jan-1970. First flight 14-Jan-1970.

• N8861 Ferried to Australia by Air Capital International, Augusta, KS, Regd 22-Jan-1970.

Delivered.  From Downsview, 01-Feb-1970 and arrived Melbourne, Essendon 07-Feb-1970

• VH-TGG Delivered to TAA - Trans Australia Airlines, 07-Feb-1970.

• VH-TGG Transferred to Trans Australian Airways of Papua New Guinea. Initially named “Chimbu” but later renamed "Salamau". 08-Feb-1970.

• VH-TGG Australian National Airlines Commission, Melbourne. Regd 27-Feb-1970.

Operated final TAA Airlines of PNG service between Port Maresby and Lae on 28-Sep-1973.

Ferried to Brisbane from PNG on 01-Oct-1973

• VH-TGG Returned to TAA - Trans Australia Airlines. Named “William Wills. Regd 01-Oct-1973.

• VH-TGG Leased to NTAMS – Northern Territories Aerial Medical Services, Darwin, NT. Regd 29-Dec-1974.

Ferried Brisbane - Darwin 29-Dec-1974.

• VH-TGG Returned to TAA - Trans Australia Airlines. Regd Oct-1980.

• VH-TGG Leased to BPA - Bush Pilot Airways. Regd 30-Nov-1980.

• VH-TGG BPA renamed Air Queensland, 01-Dec-1981.

• VH-TGG Merged with Australian Airlines. Regd 01-May-1988.

Note operated with “Australian Regional” titles.

• VH-TGG Merged with Sunstate Airlines, Brisbane QLD. Regd 01-Oct-1993. Canx 10-Sep-1998.

Note: Operated final Sunstate Airlines service Brampton Island – Mackay 02-Sep-1998.

Departed on ferry flight from Brisbane to Malta for overhaul by NCA, 01- Dec-1998. Arrived 11-Dec-1998 in basic “Qantas” colours.

• HB-LSU Sold to Topscore Management SA., Geneva, Autumn. Nov-1998.

• HB-LSU Transferred to Benavia Special Air Operations. Jan-1999

• HB-LSU Sub leased to Tassili Airlines, Algiers. Algeria. Based at Hassi Messaoud. Regd Jan-1999.

Observed inside NCA hanger hangar on 19-Feb-1999 with new Tassilli Airlines titles in red. Taxied out to Airport on 24-Feb-1999, dep for Hassi Mesaoud on 27-Feb-1999.

• HB-LSU Returned to Benavia Special Air Operations, Jan-2002

• HB-LSU Returned to Topscore Management SA., Geneva, by-Jan-2002.

• ZS-OVL Rossair Contracts, Lanseria, SA. Regd 04-Jan-2002. Canx Jul-2002.

• HB-LSU Returned to Topscore Management, Geneva, Jul-2002.

• HB-LSU Re-regd to Topscore Management, Cayenne, French Guiana. Leased 19-Jul-2002.

• HB-LSU Leased to Air Guyane Express, Cayenne, French Guiana.

• F-OIJI Air Guyane Express, Cayenne / Air Antilles Express, Pointe-a-Pitre. Regd 17-Jan-2003.

Note: Photo in Air Antilles colours. 18-Oct-2008.

• F-OIJI Returned to Topscore Management, Geneva, Switzerland, 08-Feb-2009.

Flew Cayenne, French Guyana – Sal, Cabo Verde – Arrecife, Spain – Madrid-Cuatro Vientos, Spain – Altenrhein, Switzerland on return 08/11-Feb-2009

• F-OIJI Air Loyaute, Noumea, French Guyana, 07-Sep-2009.

• Current •

N8861 at Oakland - KOAK, California.
Photo: Jay Sherlock © August 1970 - Aird Archives
VH-TGG in TAA livery.
Photo: Unknown photographer © Unknown date - Michael J. Ody Collection
VH-TGG in Bush Pilot Airways livery.
Photo: B. McAllister © October 1981 - Michael J. Ody Collection
VH-TGG at Townsville -YBTL, Queensland.
Photo: Peter Keating © 02 November 1986 - Michael J. Ody Collection
VH-TGG ready to start.
Photo: John Rodger © February 1989 - Aird Archives
VH-TGG of AUSTRALIAN REGIONAL at Cairns - YBCS, Queensland.
Photo: Peter Keating © 15 October 1989 - Michael J. Ody Collection
VH-TGG in a fine air-to-air image.
Photo: Unknown photographer © c.1988 - John Mounce Collection - Aird Archives
Photo: Peter Keating © October 1993 - Michael J. Ody Collection
Photo: Unknown photographer © November 1997 - John Mounce Collection - Aird Archives
Photo: Unknown photographer © Circa 1999 - John Mounce Collection - Aird Archives
HB-LSU with no titles.
Photo: Unknown photographer © Circa 2000 - John Mounce Collection - Aird Archives
F-OIJI for AIR Loyauté at Altenrhein - LSZR, Switzerland.
Photo: Erich Kunz © 2009
F-OIJI at Nouméa / Magenta - NWWM, New Caledonia.
Photo: Chris Buckley © December 2018 - Aird Archives