07/31/2011. Produced by Vickers-Armstrong (Aircraft) Limited at Hurn, Bournemouth, Dorset, England, for the Australian National Airways Commission (trading as TAA - Trans Australia Airlines), the aircraft first flew on July 2, 1958. Registered VH-TVN it arrived in Australia on July 18 and named 'William Dampier' it started service with TAA on July 23, 1958. After ten years with TAA the aircraft was withdrawn from service and stored at Brisbane, Queensland, on October 8, 1968.
On March 21, 1969 it was sold to Botswana National Airways BNA, after arrival at Francistown, Botswana on April 3, the aircraft was registered in Botswana as A2-ZEL. Only three months later, July 25, the aircraft was impounded at Johannesburg, South Africa, due to outstanding payments by BNA, which subsequently went into bankruptcy. With help from the Botswana government the airline made a restart as Botswana Airways Corporation (BAC) and A2-ZEL was seen with BAC titles but not operated as such, and it was stored at Johannesburg.
In January 1972 it was sold to Overseas Holidays & Aircraft Hire (Pty.) of Rhodesia and registered VP-YNI. The following month, February 13, the aircraft was sold to Air Rhodesia, upon entering service it was named 'Sabie'. Air Rhodesia was renamed to Air Zimbabwe Rhodesia in June 1979 and to Air Zimbabwe in February 1980, while in October 1983 the nation code was changed from 'VP' to 'Z'. In July 1984 Z-YNI was damaged beyond repair when the nose leg of the undercarriage collapsed while the aircraft was undergoing maintenance at Harare, Zimbabwe.
On November 9, 1984, the aircraft was officially withdrawn from use and donated to the Harare Airport Fire Service for non-destructive training. Some ten years later, while being moved to another spot, the aircraft was damaged and subsequently brook up in parts. Another ten years later, 2003, the aircraft was extensively damaged by fire when squatters used it as living quarters, and the remains were abandoned.