VH-EAS. Avro 691 Lancastrian Mk 1. c/n 1184.
Ordered by the U. K. Ministry of Defence for the Royal Air Force
Built as an Avro 691 Lancaster Mk 1
Allocated the Royal Air Force Serial 'PD164'
Powered by Rolls Royce Merlin T24/2 engines of 1635 h.p.
Converted to 'Lancastrian' standard and allocated the new serial number 'VF155'
Entered onto the British Aircraft Register as G-AGMD (CofA 7128) - December 01, 1944
Registered to British Overseas Airways Corporation, London
Aircraft was named 'Nairn'
Used the radio call-sign 'OZKD' during the war
Cancelled from the British Aircraft Register - July 16, 1947
Overhaulled in preparation for sale to Qantas Empire Airways Ltd
Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-EAS - July 1947
Registered to Qantas Empire Airways Limited, Sydney
Operated the inaugural Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - Norfolk Island service (Captain L. R. Ambrose) - October 14, 1947
Departed Sydney (Kingsford Smith) on the survey flight to South Africa - November 14, 1948
Arrived Johannesburg at the conclusion of the survey flight - November 20, 1948
Survey route: Sydney - Perth - Cocus Island - Mauritius - Johannesburg
Departed Johannesburg on the return survey flight route - November 27, 1948
Crew: Captains L. R. Ambrose, W. H. Crowther
The 8,644 mile flight was completed in a flying time of 41 hours 31 minutes
Aircraft was destroyed by fire whilst landing at Dubbo Airport, N.S.W. at 13:15 hours - April 07, 1949
It was engaged in pilot training flights with crew members practicing take-off and landings
At the time of the accident (Captain J. G. Morton) was carrying out a flapless landing
The aircraft failed to stop within the confines of the runway and a ground loop was commenced
The left-hand undercarriage collapsed causing the wing to strike the ground
This impact broke the wing causing fuel to spill out and ignite
The aircraft was then consumed by the resulting fire
The P.I.C. was deemed to have carried out a flapless landing under unsuitable meteorological and wind conditions
Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - May 1949
VH-EAS. Qantas Empire Airways - in the all-metal livery at an unknown airport, date unknown.
(Qantas Heritage Collection Copyright Image 1040-251.)