VH-RMO. Boeing 727-277A. c/n 22016-1566.

 

This aircraft was ordered new by Ansett Transport Industries - ?

First flown at Seattle - January 02, 1980

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-RMO - January 14, 1980

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

Departed Seattle (Boeing Field) on the delivery flight to Australia - January 15, 1980

Arrived Melbourne (Tullamarine) on completion of the delivery flight - January 17, 1980

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

Flight crew: Captains A. James, W. Hanrahan; F/E G. Lynch; Navigator B. S. McEwen

Operated first revenue service Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Sydney (Kingsford Smith) as AN6 - January 28, 1980

Temporarily named 'Spirit of North Queensland' for charter flight Townsville - Singapore - April 18, 1980

This was Ansett's attempt to gain permission to operate scheduled overseas services

Flight crew: Captains A. James, W. Hanrahan; F/E G. Lynch; Navigator W. C. Kennedy

Operated first Ansett Hobart - Christchurch service - December 03, 1980

Flight crew: Captains A. James, W. Hanrahan; F/E G. Lynch

Leased to Air Niugini - August 30, 1983 to September 24, 1983

Leased to Air Niugini - October 18, 1983 to October 22, 1983

Operated final revenue service Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - Melbourne (Tullamarine) as AN37 - July 23, 1989

Flight crew: Captain P. Johnson-Bell

Withdrawn from service having flown 25,458 hours with 19,890 cycles

Departed Melbourne (Tullamarine) on the ferry flight to the United States as AN27 - July 26, 1989

Arrived Seattle (Paine Field) on completion of the ferry flight - July 27, 1989

Ferry route: Melbourne - Nadi - Apia - Kailua/Kona - Oakland - Seattle

Flight crew: Captains E. G. Field, D. V. Bock, R. Riley; F/E J. Hapgood, J. Price, B. Webber;

LAME G. Atkinson and Ansett Maintenance Director K. Bond

Sold to Federal Express - August 16, 1989

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - August 17, 1989

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N245FE - August 17, 1989

Converted to freighter configuration during 1989

The aircraft was named 'Kelsey'

Withdrawn from service and ferried Memphis - Victorville - December 13, 2011

Observed stored at Victorville - December 24, 2011

Cancelled from the United States Aircraft Register - August 27, 2013

Scrapped at Victorville

 

VH-RMO. Ansett Airlines of Australia - in the 'delta' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 28, 1980.

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

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

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

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

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

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VH-RMO. Ansett - in the 'Southern Cross' livery with additional 'Commonwealth Games Brisbane 1982' at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, September 1982.

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

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VH-RMO. Ansett - in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Brisbane Airport, May 1983.

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

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