VH-UZP. Lockheed 10B Electra. c/n 1109.


 

Last of three aircraft ordered new by Reg Ansett - 1937

Order placed via agents Brown & Dureau Ltd with costings of 18,000 Pounds each plus taxes

Built as a Lockheed 10B Electra at Lockheed Burbank - 1937

Powered by Wright R-975-E3 engines

This was the last Lockheed 10B Electra to be built

First flown at Burbank, California - July 17, 1937

Export Certificate of Airworthiness (CofA E-2897) issued - July 31, 1937

Shipped to Australia as crated cargo on the 'S. S. Wairuna'

Arrived at Port Melbourne - October 4, 1937

Held under bond on the Melbourne Dock until full payment was received

Towed on its undercarriage to Melbourne Essendon Airport for assembly by Ansett Airways

Test flown at Melbourne (Essendon) Airport - October 1937

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-UZP (CofR 668) - October 21, 1937

Registered to Ansett Airways Ltd

Aircraft was named 'Ansalanta'

Configured to seat 10 passengers

It was the first Australian commercial airliner to be fitted with the new Lorenz UHF radio range receiver

Operated test flights to establish effectiveness of this radio equipment

Operated first revenue service - ?

Operated Melbourne (Essendon) - Narrandera - Sydney service - February 24, 1938

Deployed on Melbourne - Mildura - Broken Hill; Melboune - Narandera - Sydney

and Melbourne - Hamilton services

Also used on night joy flights over Melbourne on Tuesday & Thursday costing 1 Pound for 15 minutes

Assisted in the evacuation of Broome, Western Australia following Japanese air attacks with VH-UZO - March 1942

Flew 10 evacuation flights from Darwin and Broome between the air raids

Leased to U.S.A.A.F. for 3 years - June 1942

Repainted into olive-drab camouflage livery and carried USAAF insignia

Operated for U. S. Army Services of Supply (USASOS)

Supply route: Melbourne (Essendon) - Townsville - Cairns - Darwin

Based at Sydney (Mascot) for the Sydney - Townsville service - October 15, 1942

Leased to A.N.A. to operate some of their services - 1942

Camouflage livery removed and aircraft returned to bare metal livery - 1943

Reportedly transferred to A.D.A.T., U.S.A.A.F., South-West Pacific Region - June 1943

Continued to operate the Sydney - Townsville shuttle service - 1943 - 1944

Damaged when force landed on Narrabeen Beach, Sydney - November 21, 1944

Aircraft was on flight from Sydney - Townsville (Captain H. F. Broadbent, F/O C. E. J. Eather)

Starboard engine failed at around 5,000 feet near Broken Bay

Unable to reach Mascot an emergency landing was made on the beach with aircraft stopping at water's edge

When attempts to drag aircraft away from rising tide the tailwheel was ripped out

Dismantled and trucked to Sydney Airport for repairs

On closer examination sugar was found in the engine's fuel lines and sabotage was suspected

Returned to Ansett Airways passenger service after WWII finished - 1945

Aircraft was destroyed whilst approaching to land at Adelaide Parafield Airport - May 16, 1946

Was operating the inaugural Ansett Airways Melbourne (Essendon) - Adelaide non-stop service

Crashed into a paddock some 2.5 km from Virginia, South Australia at approximately 18:00 hours

Pilot was attempting to make a part visual part instrument approach to the airport in poor visibility

On striking the ground it flipped over on its back and broke up during the 500 metre uncontrolled slide

The two pilots were trapped in the crumpled cockpit until rescued by a passenger

Injuries were relatively minor to the 2 flight crew and 10 passengers that were onboard

Flight crew: Captain D. Ditchburn; F/O A. G. McNaughton

The passengers were later collected from the crash site and transported Adelaide Airport by an Ansett coach

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - May 16, 1946

Reported that the rear fuselage section was used as a pigeon-loft on a local farm until the mid 1950s