VH-RMS. Boeing 727-77QC. c/n 20278-768. Was also registered as: VH-TBS.

 

This aircraft was ordered new by Ansett Transport Industries

First flown at Renton as VH-RMS - October 20, 1969

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-RMS - October 31, 1969

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

Departed Seattle on the delivery flight to Australia - October 31, 1969

Arrived Melbourne (Essendon) on completion of the delivery flight - November 02, 1969

Delivery route: Seattle - San Francisco - Honolulu - Wake Island - Port Moresby - Brisbane - Melbourne

Flight crew: Captains J. McRobbie, R. Sealey; Navigator B. S. McEwen

Operated first revenue service - November 08, 1969

Utilised in 98 seat passenger configuration during the day and as a freighter at night

Operated first Melbourne (Essendon) - Perth jet freight flight - February 19, 1970

Operated final revenue service Adelaide - Melbourne (Tullamarine) as AN213 - January 29, 1980

This was Ansett's final Boeing 727-77 passenger service

Withdrawn from use and stored at Melbourne (Tullamarine) Airport

Sold to Air Nauru

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - May 15, 1980

Entered onto the Nauru Aircraft Register as C2-RN7 - May 16, 1980

Aircraft was named 'Chief Diamon'

Operated first Air Nauru service Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Noumea as a freighter - May 16, 1980

Withdrawn from service by Air Nauru - September 24, 1983

Dry leased to Trans-Australia Airlines as a freighter - April 16, 1984

Operated first TAA Air Cargo service Melbourne - Perth as TN2440 - April 17, 1984

Cancelled from the Nauru Aircraft Register - May 28, 1987

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-TBS - May 28, 1987

Registered to Australian National Airlines Commission, Melbourne

Aircraft was named 'Ernest Giles'

Registered to Australian Airlines Ltd - July 11, 1988

Operated final Australian Cargo service Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Perth - August 24, 1989

Stored in Perth as a result of the pilots' dispute that affected all Australian airlines

Ferried Perth - Melbourne (Tullamarine) as TN6147 - January 21, 1990

Australian Air Cargo markings removed and aircraft stored at Melbourne Airport - February 15, 1990

Sold to Sherrard Aviation Pty Ltd and leased to National Jet Systems - March 03, 1990

Sub-leased to Australian Air Cargo and returned to service Melbourne - Sydney as TN2350 - March 26, 1990

Registered to Sherrard Aviation Pty Ltd - April 30, 1990

National Jet terminated lease to Australian Air Cargo - March 20, 1991

Departed Melbourne on the ferry flight to Arizona for major overhaul - March 30, 1991

Returned to Australia in an all-white livery - June 02, 1991

Chartered by Qantas for trans-Tasman freight flights - June 13, 1991

Sold to Rothschild Australian Aircraft Leasing Ltd and leased to Qantas - September 03, 1992

Repainted into full DHL livery by Ansett - September 1993

Leased to DHL for 1 year for mainly overnight Sydney - Auckland - Sydney freight services - September 1993

Registered to Rothschild Australia Aircraft Leasing Pty Ltd - November 26, 1993

Leased to Premier Airlines - August 25, 1994 to March 30, 1995

Withdrawn from service and stored at Melbourne (Avalon) Airport - March 31, 1995

Returned to Rothschild Australia Aircraft Leasing - November 19, 1995

Leased to Australian air Express and used on Perth - Melbourne - Perth route - November 20, 1995

Registered to Air Cargo Australia Pty Ltd - November 08, 2000

Registered to Rothschild Australia Aircraft Leasing Pty Ltd - November 11, 2000

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

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

Registered to TransAustralian Air Express - November 19, 2002

TransAustralian Air Express P/L changed its name to TransAustralian Air (T.A.A.) - March 20, 2003

TransAustralian Air placed under administration - July 16, 2003

Aircraft transferred to National Jet Systems and operated for Australian Air Express - October 17, 2003

Operated final service for Australian air Express - October 31, 2003

Aircraft withdrawn from use and stored at Brisbane Airport

Registered to National Jet Systems (t/a JETEX) - November 26, 2003

Sold to Australian Aviation Pty Ltd, Brisbane - February 2004

Donated to Australian Training College, Brisbane as a training aide - March 2004

Registered to Aviation Australia Pty Ltd, Eagle Farm, Brisbane - May 15, 2006

Current with Aviation Australia

 

VH-RMS. Ansett Airlines of Australia - in the 'delta' livery somewhere over Washington State, October 1969.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-281.)

VH-RMS. Ansett Airlines of Australia - in the 'delta' livery somewhere over Washington State, October 1969.

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VH-RMS. Ansett Airlines of Australia - in the 'delta' livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, May 1972.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-163.)

VH-RMS. Ansett Airlines of Australia - in the 'delta' livery with additional 'ABBA' titles at Perth Airport, March 13, 1977.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-541.)

VH-RMS. Ansett Airlines of Australia - in the 'delta' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, December 1977.

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VH-RMS. Ansett Airlines of Australia - in the 'delta' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, December 1977.

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VH-RMS. Ansett Airlines of Australia - in the 'delta' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 17, 1978.

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VH-RMS. Ansett Airlines of Australia - in the 'delta' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 22, 1978.

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VH-RMS. Ansett Airlines of Australia - in the 'delta' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, April 1978.

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VH-RMS. Ansett Airlines of Australia - in the 'delta' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 10, 1979.

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

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VH-RMS. Ansett Airlines of Australia - in the 'delta' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, April 05, 1979.

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

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-755.)

VH-RMS. Ansett Airlines of Australia - in the 'delta' livery with the incorrectly spelt 'Annsett' title at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, August 1979.

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

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VH-RMS. Ansett Airlines of Australia - in the 'delta' livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, date unknown.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-074.)

C2-RN7. Air Nauru - 'Chief Diamon' in the original livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, July 12, 1981.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4610-342.)

C2-RN7. Air Nauru - 'Chief Diamon' in the original livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, April 16, 1983.

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C2-RN7. TAA Cargo - 'Ernest Giles' in the basic Air Nauru livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, June 03, 1984.

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C2-RN7. TAA Cargo - 'Ernest Giles' in the basic Air Nauru livery at Canberra Airport, October 15, 1984.

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C2-RN7. TAA Cargo - 'Ernest Giles' in the basic Air Nauru livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, December 18, 1984.

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VH-TBS. Australian Cargo - 'Ernest Giles' in the basic Air Nauru livery at Brisbane Airport, October 1987.

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VH-TBS. Australian Cargo - 'Ernest Giles' in the basic Air Nauru livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, November 1987.

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VH-TBS. Australian Cargo - 'Ernest Giles' in the basic Air Nauru livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, November 1987.

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VH-TBS. Australian Cargo - 'Ernest Giles' in the basic Air Nauru livery at Brisbane Airport, December 1987.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-029.)

VH-TBS. Australian Cargo - in the basic Air Nauru livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, February 1990.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-034.)

VH-TBS. National Jet - in the basic Air Nauru livery at Brisbane Airport, November 1990.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-035.)

VH-TBS. Rothschild Australia - in the all-white livery at Brisbane Airport, April 17, 1993.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-756.)

VH-TBS. DHL Worldwide Express - in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, September 1993.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-033.)

VH-TBS. DHL Worldwide Express - in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, October 1993.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-166.)

VH-TBS. Australian air Express - in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, January 1998.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-870.)

VH-TBS. Australian air Express - in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, November 2000.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-027.)

VH-TBS. Australian air Express - in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, December 2000.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-194.)

VH-TBS. Australian air Express - in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, December 2000.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-026.)

VH-TBS. Aviation Australia - in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, October 31, 2004.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-186.)

VH-TBS. Aviation Australia - in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, October 31, 2004.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-215.)

VH-TBS. Aviation Australia - in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, January 26, 2005.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-317.)

VH-TBS. Aviation Australia - in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, March 2005.

(C. Laugier Copyright Image 4610-708.)