VH-RMN. Boeing 727-277A. c/n 21695-1481.

Was also registered as: VH-AUP and VH-VLF.

 

This additional airframe ordered new by Ansett Transport Industries - ?

First flown at Seattle - May 08, 1979

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-RMN - May 17, 1979

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

Departed Seattle (Boeing Field) on the delivery flight to Australia - May 17, 1979

Arrived Melbourne (Tullamarine) on completion of the delivery flight - May 20, 1979

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

Flight crew: Captains N. Murdoch, E. Mackay; F/E G. Lynch; Navigator W. C. Kennedy

Operated first revenue service Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Canberra as AN981 - May 25, 1979

Sustained major damaged when struck by a Pioneer bus at Sydney (Kingsford Smith) Airport - December 19, 1981

The repairs took 26 days to complete

Withdrawn from Ansett service - February 09, 1987

Leased to Polynesian Airlines and operated first service to Vila - March 01, 1987

Painted in dual livery and titles with 'Polynesian' on the port side and 'Cook Islands International' on the starboard side

Operated exclusively for Polynesian Airlines - May 1990 to April 18, 1992

The aircraft was named 'Fuatino'

During the lease to Polynesian this aircraft was prohibited from operating Australian domestic air services under

the Australian Two Airline Policy capacity restrictions then in force

Returned to Ansett domestic service in standard Polynesian livery Sydney - Coolangatta - April 20, 1992

Repainted in standard EastWest Airlines livery and rolled out as such - May 22, 1992

Utilised on joint Ansett / EastWest services mainly on the Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Coolangatta route

Withdrawn from EastWest service - April 18, 1993

Returned to Ansett Australia domestic service - May 12, 1993

Operated final revenue service with Cairns - Brisbane - Melbourne (Tullamarine) as AN77 - September 30, 1996

Flight crew: Captain K. M. Fleming

Withdrawn from use and stored at Melbourne (Tullamarine) with titles removed - November 24, 1996

Sold to Intrepid Aviation Partners, TN, USA - December 13, 1996

Sold to Rothschild Australia Aircraft Leasing - June 1997

Leased to Australian air Express as the registered operator - June 1997

Departed Melbourne (Tullamarine) on the ferry flight to the United States as AN4293 - June 25, 1997

Ferry route: Melbourne - Brisbane - Pago Pago - Hilo - San Diego - Harrisburg

Flight crew: Captains L. Griffiths, P. Terrill; F/E L. Forster; LAME B. Duncan, J. Helmut Buche,

R. Campbell, J. Finley with F/A C. Campbell

Converted to Stage 3 pure freighter configuration by Stambaugh Associates, Harrisburg, PA

Reregistered as VH-AUP - July 17, 1997

Registered to Aero Marine Consulting Pty Ltd

Returned to Australia - October 1997

Entered service with Air Cargo Australia / Australian air Express - November 21, 1997

Leased to Air Cargo Australia and sub-leased to Australian Air Express - October 20, 2000

Registered to Air Cargo Australia Pty Ltd, Tullamarine, Victoria - August 01, 2002

Sold to TransAustralian Air Express Pty Ltd - September 12, 2002

Registered to TransAustralian Air Express - November 19, 2002

Reregistered as VH-VLF - February 10, 2003

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

Transferred to National Jet Systems when T.A.A. was placed under administration - July 16, 2003

Operated by National Jet for Australian air Express

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

Operated final revenue service Brisbane - Melbourne (Tullamarine) as 7032 - May 16, 2007

Withdrawn from use at Melbourne (Tullamarine) Airport

Aircraft had flown 56,917 hours with 38,549 cycles

Sold to C&L Aerospace, Brisbane - June 2007

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - September 10, 2007

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N982JM - September 12, 2007

Registered to Jet Midwest Sales & Leasing 21695 LLC, Kansas City

Departed Melbourne (Tullamarine) on the ferry flight to the United States as '21695' - September 16, 2007

Ferry route: Melbourne - Brisbane - Apia - Honolulu - Mojave

Sold to Cargo Three Inc t/a Panair Cargo - February 2009

Ferried Mojave - Panama City - February 03, 2009

Panair Cargo proposed to operate twice weekly freighter services Panama City - Gulfport - Biloxi

Cancelled from the United States Aircraft Register - March 03, 2009

Entered onto the Panamanian Aircraft Register as HP-1653CTW - October 2009

Initially operated in all-white livery without titles but has since acquired PanAir Cargo livery and titles

Observed stored in the 'graveyard' at Tocumen International Airport, Panama - October 30, 2011

Observed stored at Tocumen International Airport, Panama in all-white livery - December 21, 2012

Observed stored at Tocumen International Airport, Panama in all-white livery - November 06, 2014

Observed stored at Tocumen International Airport, Panama in all-white livery - April 16, 2016

Current status - ?

 

VH-RMN. Ansett Airlines of Australia - in the 'delta' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, September 1979.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4610-855.)

VH-RMN. Ansett Airlines of Australia - in the 'delta' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, September 1979.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4610-856.)

VH-RMN. Ansett Airlines of Australia - in the 'delta' livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, October 1979.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-148.)

VH-RMN. Ansett Airlines of Australia - in the 'delta' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1980.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4610-160.)

VH-RMN. Ansett Airlines of Australia - in the 'delta' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1980.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4610-348.)

VH-RMN. Ansett Airlines of Australia - in the 'delta' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, February 1980.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4610-857.)

VH-RMN. Ansett Airlines of Australia - in the 'delta' livery with additional 'Commonwealth Games Brisbane 1982' titles at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1981.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4610-858.)

VH-RMN. Ansett Airlines of Australia - in the 'delta' livery with additional 'Commonwealth Games Brisbane 1982' titles at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, July 1981.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4610-859.)

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

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4610-860.)

VH-RMN. Ansett - in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1984.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4610-861.)

VH-RMN. Ansett - in the 'Southern Cross' livery with additional '150 Years Victoria' titles at Brisbane Airport, April 1985.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-789.)

VH-RMN. Ansett Australia - in the 'flag' livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, March 1986.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4610-350.)

VH-RMN. Ansett Australia - in the all-white livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, February 1987.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-862.)

VH-RMN. Ansett Australia - in the all-white livery at Brisbane Airport, March 1987.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-066.)

VH-RMN. Cook Islands International - in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, April 1987.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-539.)

VH-RMN. Polynesian - in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, May 1987.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-162.)

VH-RMN. Cook Islands International - in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, June 1987.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-161.)

VH-RMN. Polynesian - in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, March 1988.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-945.)

VH-RMN. Polynesian - 'Fuatino' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, June 1988.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4610-900.)

VH-RMN. Polynesian - 'Fuatino' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, June 1988.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4610-863.)

VH-RMN. Cook Islands International - 'Tumutevarovaro' in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, September 1988.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-714.)

VH-RMN. Cook Islands International - 'Tumutevarovaro' in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, March 1989.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-129.)

VH-RMN. Polynesian - 'Fuatino' in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, May 1989.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-270.)

VH-RMN. Polynesian - 'Fuatino' in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, June 1989.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-137.)

VH-RMN. Polynesian - 'Fuatino' in the standard livery with additional 'Cook Islands International' titles at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, May 1989.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-149.)

VH-RMN. Polynesian - 'Fuatino' in the standard livery with additional 'Cook Islands International' titles at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, date unknown.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-069.)

VH-RMN. EastWest - in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, July 1992.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-067.)

VH-RMN. EastWest - in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, August 1992.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-715.)

VH-RMN. EastWest - in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, October 1992.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-716.)

VH-RMN. EastWest - in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, April 1993.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-349.)

VH-RMN. Ansett Australia - in the 'Starmark' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, October 1994.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4610-068.)

VH-RMN. Ansett Australia - in the 'Starmark' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, October 1994.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4610-717.)

VH-RMN. Ansett Australia - in the 'Starmark' livery at Brisbane Airport, October 1994.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-901.)

VH-RMN. Ansett Australia - in the 'Starmark' livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, November 1994.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-693.)

VH-RMN. Ansett Australia - in the 'Starmark' livery at Brisbane Airport, December 1994.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-065.)

VH-RMN. Ansett Australia - in the 'Starmark' livery at Adelaide West Beach Airport, date unknown.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-713.)

VH-RMN. Ansett - in the basic livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, December 1996.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-070.)

VH-RMN. Ansett - in the basic livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, January 1997.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-191.)

VH-AUP. Australian air Express - in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, November 1997.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4610-694.)

VH-AUP. Australian air Express - in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, November 1997.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-744.)

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

(R. Brown Copyright Image 4610-921.)