VH-RMX. Boeing 727-277A. c/n 20551-1054. Was also registered as: VH-VLG.

 

This was the last of four new aircraft ordered by Ansett Airlines - December 09, 1970

First flown at Renton as VH-RMX - July 03, 1974

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-RMX - July 17, 1974

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

Departed Seattle on the delivery flight to Australia - July 17, 1974

Arrived Melbourne (Tullamarine) on completion of the delivery flight - July 19, 1974

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

Flight crew: Captain E. Mackay; Navigator B. S. McEwen

Operated first revenue service - July 24, 1974

Operated final passenger revenue service Hobart - Launceston - Melbourne (Tullamarine) - March 05, 1983

Returned to service as a freighter - March 31, 1983

Departed Melbourne on the ferry flight to the United States for freighter conversion - September 28, 1983

Ferry route: Melbourne - Nadi - Pago Pago - Hilo - Phoenix - Dothan

Flight crew: Captains F. Boomsma, G. A. Robinson; F/E P. McMahon; Support M. Allen, H. Zelno, P. Macklow

Convetered to freighter configuration with large freight door by Hayes International Corp, Dothan, AL

Conversion took 90 days to complete

This was the first Boeing 727-200 to be converted to full freighter configuration in the world

Arrived Melbourne (Tullamarine) on completion of the ferry flight from the United States - January 01, 1984

Ferry route: Dothan - Los Angeles - Hilo - Pago Pago - Nadi - Melbourne

Flight crew: Captains F. Boomsma, R. D. Brennan; F/E P. McMahon; Support G. Topp, H. Zelno, R. Bush

Operated first service as a pure freighter Melbourne - Hobart - Launceston - Melbourne - January 17, 1984

Participated in national 'Red Nose Campaign' by having large red nose painted on it - August 1988

Operated Melbourne - Norfolk Island - Melbourne relief flight - October 06, 1988

This was the first Boeing 727 to land at Norfolk Island

Sold to Intrepid Aviation Partners LLC - December 13, 1996

Leased to Ansett Australia Cargo as registered operator

Operated final Ansett Air Freight revenue service Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Perth as AN6170 - April 24, 1997

Ferried Perth - Melbourne (Tullamarine) with titles removed

Leased to Independent Air Freighters (I.A.F.) - May 13, 1997

Operated first revenue service with I.A.F. - May 13, 1997

Aircraft was operated by I.A.F. on behalf of Ansett Air Freight / Ansett Australia Cargo

Ferried Perth - Melbourne (Essendon) for modification to No 2 engine and fitting of winglets - December 24, 1998

Ferried Melbourne (Essendon) - Melbourne (Tullamarine) following completion of work - February 07, 1999

Returned to service Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Perth - February 09, 1999

Ansett Australia Cargo ceased operations - September 13, 2001

Transferred to Australian air Express - September 17, 2001

Operated final service for Independent Air Freighters Perth - Melbourne (Tullamarine) - August 28, 2002

Returned to Intrepid Aviation - August 28, 2002

Sold to TransAustralian Air Express - September 18, 2002

Registered as VH-RMX to TransAustralian Air Express Pty Ltd - September 18, 2002

Overhauled and repainted in the Australian air Express livery at Melbourne - September / October 2002

Reregistered as VH-VLG - September 30, 2002

Aircraft was named 'Julie'

Operated first revenue service Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Launceston as XM7074 - October 18, 2002

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

Aircraft had been renamed 'Sandra' - September 10, 2003

Transferred to National Jet Systems after T.A.A. was placed under administration - October 17, 2003

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

Operated final revenue service Hobart - Melbourne as XM7471 - September 19, 2006

Withdrawn from service and stored at Melbourne (Tullamarine) Airport

Sold to Kelowna Flightcraft - October 2006

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - October 05, 2006

Departed Melbourne (Tullamarine) on the ferry flight to Canada - October 07, 2006

Arrived Kelowna on completion of the ferry flight - October 09, 2006

Delivery route: Melbourne - Cairns - Majuro - Kahului - Seattle (Boeing Field) - Kelowna

Entered onto the Canadian Aircraft Register as C-GYKF - October 24, 2006

Registered to Kelowna Flightcraft Air Charter Ltd, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Leased to Gulf & Caribbean Air - December 03, 2010

Cancelled from the Canadian Aircraft Register - December 06, 2010

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N251FL - December 08, 2010

Registered to International Trading Company of Yukon, Inc, Oklahoma City, OK

Ferried Hamilton - Pontiac, MI - December 2010

Ferried Brownsville - Miami - Curacao - Iguitos - March 04 - 05, 2012

Observed operating for IFL / Contract Air Cargo - March 05, 2012

Current registration is due to expire - December 31, 2016

Current status - ?

 

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

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VH-RMX. Ansett Airlines of Australia - in the standard 'delta' livery at Canberra Airport, January 1979.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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VH-RMX. Ansett Airlines of Australia - in the standard 'delta' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, May 1979.

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

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

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VH-RMX. Ansett Airlines of Australia - in the standard 'delta' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, May 1980.

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VH-RMX. Ansett Airlines of Australia - in the standard 'delta' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, May 1980.

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VH-RMX. Ansett Airlines of Australia - in the standard 'delta' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, May 1980.

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VH-RMX. Ansett Airlines of Australia - in the standard 'delta' livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, June 1980.

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

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

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

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VH-RMX. Ansett Airlines of Australia - in the standard 'delta' livery with additional '1982 Commonwealth Games Brisbane' titles at Adelaide Airport, February 1982.

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

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VH-RMX. Ansett Airlines of Australia - in the standard 'delta' livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, February 1983.

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VH-RMX. Ansett Airlines of Australia - in the standard 'delta' livery at Brisbane Airport, February 1983.

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VH-RMX. Ansett Air Freight - in the standard 'delta' livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, August 1983.

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VH-RMX. Ansett Air Freight - in the standard 'Southern Cross' livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, May 1984.

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VH-RMX. Ansett Air Freight - in the standard 'Southern Cross' livery at Brisbane Airport, September 1984.

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VH-RMX. Ansett Air Freight - in the standard 'Southern Cross' livery at Brisbane Airport, September 1984.

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VH-RMX. Ansett Air Freight - in the standard 'Southern Cross' livery at Brisbane Airport, September 1984.

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VH-RMX. Ansett Air Freight - in the standard 'Southern Cross' livery with additional 'Overnight Parcel Express' titles at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, September 1984.

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VH-RMX. Ansett Air Freight - in the standard 'Southern Cross' livery with additional 'Overnight Parcel Express' titles at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, September 1984.

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VH-RMX. Ansett Air Freight - in the standard 'Southern Cross' livery with additional 'Overnight Parcel Express' titles and '50 Years Birthday' decal at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, December 1985.

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VH-RMX. Ansett Air Freight - in the 'Starmark' livery at Adelaide Airport, January 1995.

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VH-RMX. Ansett Air Freight - in the 'Starmark' livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, June 1996.

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VH-RMX. Ansett Air Freight - in the 'Starmark' livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, October 1996.

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VH-RMX. IAF Independent Air Freighters - in the basic Ansett livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, July 1997.

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VH-RMX. IAF Independent Air Freighters - in the basic Ansett livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, February 1999.

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VH-RMX. IAF Independent Air Freighters - in the basic Ansett livery at Perth Airport, March 1999.

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VH-VLG. Australian air Express - in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, January 2004.

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VH-VLG. Australian air Express - in the standard livery at Hobart Airport, August 2004.

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