VH-AEC. Lockheed 10A Electra. c/n 1034.


 

Built as a Lockheed 10A Electra at Lockheed Burbank - 1935

Powered by Wright R-975-E3 engines

Entered onto the U. S. Aircraft Register as NC14947 - ?

Delivered to Mesta Machine Co., Pittsburgh, Penn. - August 19, 1935

Registered to Amicitia Corp. (George Hutchinson), Pittsburgh, Penn. - ?

Registered to G. M. Archer, New York - ?

Registered to Lorenz Iverson, New York - ?

Registered to Brayer Brothers Construction Co., Buffalo, New York - ?

Registered to Arthur Kudner, New York - ?

Sold to Qantas Empire Airways for US$41,250 - May 1941

Shipped as deck cargo and arrived at Sydney Harbour Docks - June 1941

Trucked to Sydney Airport (Mascot) where it was re-assembled by Qantas engineers

Aircraft carried the name 'Que Sera Sera'

Aircraft was acquired by Qantas to operate their weekly Brisbane - Darwin landplane service

It was the first non-British aircraft operated by Qantas to date

Test flown at Sydney Airport (Mascot) - June 30, 1941

Departed Brisbane (Archerfield) on first service to Darwin (Captain S. K. Howard) - July 3, 1941

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-AEC (CofR ?) - July 4, 1941

Registered to Qantas Empire Airways Ltd, Brisbane

Aircraft was named 'Inlander'

Painted in camouflage livery and operated regular Brisbane - Darwin service under charter to the U. S. Army - 1942

Recurrent engine problems resulted in many forced landings

Arrived Port Moresby to join the 'Special Transport Flight' - December 11, 1942

Deployed to carry troops and supplies in the Buna campaign

Made 31 trips to forward areas carrying 209 troops and 13.5 tons of supplies

Also utilised to evacuated wounded troops to hospital in Townsville

Special Transport Flight was disbanded and aircraft returned to mainland services - January 11, 1943

Aircraft was used at times by A.D.A.T. on the Townsville - Horn Island shuttle service - 1943

A Qantas report indicates it had flown 70 return trips Brisbane - Darwin in the preceeding year carrying

1,065 passengers and 17 tons of freight - 1943

Post-war it was used for a time on the Brisbane - Darwin and Brisbane - Quilpie routes

Retired in 1946 to operate general charter flights and Sunday joyrides from Brisbane (Archerfield)

Aircraft destroyed when it crashed near Condamine, Queensland - February 12, 1948

It was en route Brisbane - Roma with nine passengers when the starboard engine failed in bad weather

Unable to maintain height on one engine, the aircraft struck a tree in the ensuing forced landing

During the rearward slide through the scrub it broke up

Minor injuries were sustained by one passenger and one crew member

Flight Crew: Captain D. A. Tennent; F/O R. Crabbe

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - February 12, 1948


 


 

VH-AEC. Qantas Airways - in the full livery at an unknown airport, date unknown.