VH-ANB. Boeing 727-277LR. c/n 22642-1759.

Was also registered as: VH-VLH.

 

This was the second of four Boeing 727LRs ordered new by Ansett Transport Industries - ?

First flown as N57002 - June 04, 1981

This aircraft was the 4,000th jet built by Boeing

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-ANB - June 12, 1981

Registered to Ansett Transport Industries (Operations) Pty Ltd, Melbourne

Departed Seattle on the delivery flight to Australia - July 31, 1981

Arrived Melbourne (Tullamarine) on completion of the delivery flight - August 02, 1981

Delivery route: Seattle - San Francisco - Hilo - Pago Pago - Nadi - Melbourne

Flight crew: Captains D. Donnelley, B. Hanrahan; F/E G. E. Lynch; LAME C. Mowbray

Operated first revenue service Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Brisbane as AN1152 - August 14, 1981

Flight crew: Captain R. Oehms; F/O Stephens

Operated final revenue service Hobart - Melbourne (Tullamarine) as AN36 - April 23, 1997

The aircraft had been previously painted with the old airline logos and carried the special inscription:

'Ansett Australia Farewell the Boeing 727 Series of Jets, 33 Years of Service 1964-1997'

Flight crew: Captain L. Griffiths, P. Terrill; F/Es M. Baker, L. Forster

Withdrawn from use at Melbourne (Tullamarine) Airport after a special staff farewell flight AN4726 - April 26, 1997

Officially purchased by Intrepid Aviation - May 14, 1997

Departed Melbourne (Tullamarine) on the ferry flight to the United States as AN4289 - May 14, 1997

Ferry route: Melbourne - Pago Pago - Hilo - San Diego - Miami

Flight crew: Captains L. Griffiths. P. Terrill; F/E L. Forster; Engineers G. Girvan, K. Weymouth

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - May 19, 1997

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N86330 - May 20, 1997

Registered to First Security Bank

Leased to DHL Worldwide Express - May 20, 1997

Converted to freighter configuration by COPESA, San Jose, Costa Rica and painted in the DHL livery

Delivered to Brussels in DHL livery - October 1997

Cancelled from the United States Aircraft Register - ?

Entered onto the Belgian Aircraft Register as OO-DLB - October 1997

Operated by European Air Transport for DHL

Leased by DHL to TransAustralian Air Express Pty Ltd

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-VLH - November 11, 2002

Registered to Transaustralian Air Express Pty Ltd

Aircraft is named 'Joanne'

Departed Lasham, England on ferry flight to Australia as XME7023 - November 16, 2002

Arrived Melbourne (Tullamarine) on completion of the ferry flight - November 19, 2002

Ferry route: Lasham - Larnaca - Dubai - Bangalore - Singapore - Darwin - Melbourne

Painted into Australian air Express livery - November 23, 2002

Operated first Australian air Express service Melbourne - Launceston as XM7092 - November 29, 2002

TransAustralian air Express Pty Ltd changed its name to TransAustralian Air (T.A.A.) - March 20, 2003

Transferred to National Jet Systems when TransAustralian placed under administration - October 17, 2003

Registered to National Jet Express Pty Ltd (t/a JETEX) - November 26, 2003

Operated final Australian air Express service Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Perth - March 19, 2008

Ferried Perth - Melbourne (Tullamarine) for storage - March 19, 2008

Sold to HeavyLift Cargo Airlines without engines and requiring C-check - August 15, 2008

Departed Melbourne on the 'ferry' flight to the United States for maintenance - January 20, 2009

Arrived Brisbane and parked - January 20, 2009

Departed Brisbane on resumed ferry flight to the United States as HVY721 - March 25, 2009

Ferry route: Melbourne - Brisbane - Majuro - Honolulu - Santa Barbara

Offered for immediate sale by Flightstar Trading LLC, Fort Lauderdale, Florida - May 2009

Aircraft had flown 57,650 hours with 35,867 cycles

Registration 'N727HL' allocated to Flightstar Trading LLC, Fort Lauderdale, Florida - June 02, 2009

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - June 17, 2009

Observed at San Bernardino, California with Australian registration - August 11, 2009

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N727HL - January 22, 2010

Registered to Bank of Utah Trustee, Salt Lake City, Utah

Intended to be leased to Heavylift Cargo Airlines

Observed stored at San Bernardino, California in all-white livery as 'VH-VLH' - July 19, 2011

Aircraft still on the United States Aircraft Register with certificate expiry date of September 30, 2013

 

VH-ANB. Ansett - in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1983.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4610-765.)

VH-ANB. Ansett - in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, April 1983.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-766.)

VH-ANB. Ansett - in the 'Southern Cross' livery with the additional '50 Years Birthday' decal at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1987.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4610-767.)

VH-ANB. Ansett - in the 'Southern Cross' livery with the additional 'Australian Bi-Centennial' decal at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, January 1987.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-768.)

VH-ANB. Ansett - in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Adelaide West Beach Airport, December 23, 1987.

(R. Zweck Copyright Image 4610-963.)

VH-ANB. Ansett - in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, October 1989.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-940.)

VH-ANB. Ansett Australia - in the 'Flag' livery at Brisbane Airport, date unknown.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-044.)

VH-ANB. Ansett Australia - in the 'Flag' livery at Brisbane Airport, January 1993.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-048.)

VH-ANB. Ansett Australia - in the 'Flag' livery at Brisbane Airport, January 1993.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-769.)

VH-ANB. Ansett Australia - in the 'Starmark' livery at Brisbane Airport, date unknown.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-047.)

VH-ANB. Ansett Australia - in the 'Starmark' livery at Brisbane Airport, date unknown.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-046.)

VH-ANB. Ansett Australia - in the 'Starmark' livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, January 1997.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-770.)

VH-ANB. Ansett Australia - in the 'Starmark' livery with additional 'Farewell 727' titles at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, April 1997.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-338.)

VH-ANB. Ansett Australia - in the 'Starmark' livery with additional 'Farewell 727' titles at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, April 1997.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-399.)

VH-ANB. Ansett Australia - in the 'Starmark' livery with additional 'Farewell 727' titles at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, April 1997.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-531.)

OO-DLB. DHL Worldwide Express - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, November 05, 2000.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-962.)

VH-VLH. Australian air Express - 'Tania' in the standard livery at Adelaide West Beach Airport, date unknown.

(R. Brown Copyright Image 4610-922.)

VH-VLH. Australian air Express - 'Tania' in the all-white livery without titles at Brisbane Airport, January 2009.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-283.)

VH-VLH. Australian air Express - 'Tania' in the all-white livery without titles at Brisbane Airport, January 2009.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-284.)

VH-VLH. Australian air Express - 'Tania' in the all-white livery without titles at Brisbane Airport, January 2009.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-285.)