VH-TBG. Boeing 727-276A. c/n 20552-906.

 

This was the first of four Boeing 727 series 200 aircraft ordered new by Trans Australia Airlines - ?

Rolled out at Boeing Renton - October 05, 1972

First flown as N1779B - November 02, 1972

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-TBG - November 12, 1972

Registered to Trans-Australia Airlines, Melbourne

Accepted by Trans Australia Airlines at Seattle - December 07, 1972

Departed Seattle on the delivery flight to Australia - December 09, 1972

Arrived Melbourne (Tullamarine) Airport on completion of the delivery flight - December 11, 1972

Delivery route: Seattle - Honolulu - Pago Pago - Brisbane

Flight crew: Captains F. Fischer, E. C. Clark

Aircraft was named 'Charles Sturt'

Operated a proving flight Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - January 07, 1973

Aircraft was used for crew training and port familiarisation

Operated first revenue service Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Sydney (Kingsford Smith) as TN436 - March 01, 1973

Was involved in the evacuation of Darwin following the Cyclone Tracy disaster - December 25, 1974

Operated first flight Adelaide - Darwin - Adelaide evacuating 297 passengers - December 29, 1974

Operated second flight Adelaide - Darwin - Adelaide evacuating 175 passengers - December 29, 1974

Operated third flight Adelaide - Alice Springs - Adelaide evacuating 235 passengers - December 30, 1974

Operated last service in the original livery - February 09, 1981

Rolled out at Melbourne (Tullamarine) in the new 'camel-hump' livery - March 31, 1981

Returned to service Melbourne (Tullamarine) - ? - April 09, 1981

Trans-Australia Airlines changed its name to Australian Airlines - August 04, 1986

Operated last service in Trans Australia 'camel-hump' livery - May 31, 1988

Officially transferred to Australian Airlines - July 11, 1988

Returned to service in Australian Airlines livery Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Coolangatta as TN488 - July 29, 1988

Registered to Australian Airlines - November 01, 1988

Operated final revenue service with Australian Airlines - August 06, 1992

Withdrawn from use and stored at Melbourne (Tullamarine) Airport

Aircraft had flown 57,657.47 hours with 43,805 cycles

Sold to Extex International - July 21, 1993

Departed Melbourne (Tullamarine) on the ferry flight to the United States as TN6903 - July 22, 1993

Ferry route: Melbourne - Sydney - Apia - Honolulu - Las Vegas - Dallas (Fort Worth)

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - July 27, 1993

Observed at Fort Worth (Meacham) Airport undergoing maintenance - August 30, 1993

Entered onto the Mexican Aircraft Register as XA-SJU - September 1993

Registered to Aero Ejecutivo t/a Aeroexo

Leased to Aviacsa as the registered operator - December 1994

Observed at Cancun with Aviacsa titles - February 13, 1995

Returned to Aeroexo on termination of lease - March 1996

Withdrawn from service and stored minus engines at Monterrey (General Mariano Escobeldo) - December 31, 1998

Observed at Monterrey Airport in poor condition - October 12, 2000

Observed at Monterrey Airport in poor condition - July 16, 2002

Broken up after 2002

 

VH-TBG. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Charles Sturt' in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, May 1973.

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VH-TBG. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Charles Sturt' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1978.

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VH-TBG. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Charles Sturt' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1979.

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VH-TBG. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Charles Sturt' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, April 1979.

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VH-TBG. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Charles Sturt' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, May 1979.

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VH-TBG. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Charles Sturt' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, June 1979.

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VH-TBG. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Charles Sturt' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, September 1979.

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VH-TBG. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Charles Sturt' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, April 1980.

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VH-TBG. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Charles Sturt' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, May 1980.

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VH-TBG. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Charles Sturt' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, September 1980.

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VH-TBG. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Charles Sturt' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, September 1980.

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VH-TBG. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Charles Sturt' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, February 1981.

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VH-TBG. TAA Trans Australia - 'Charles Sturt' in the 'camel hump' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, February 1983.

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VH-TBG. TAA Trans Australia - 'Charles Sturt' in the 'camel hump' livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, May 1985.

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VH-TBG. TAA Trans Australia - 'Charles Sturt' in the 'camel hump' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, June 1987.

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XA-SJU. Aviacsa - in the all-white livery with 'AeroExo' tail logo at an unknown airport, March 1993.

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XA-SJU. Aviacsa - in the standard livery with 'AeroExo' tail logo at an unknown airport, March 1995.

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XA-SJU. AeroExo - in the final livery at Miami Airport, February 1997.

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XA-SJU. Aviacsa - in the standard livery with 'AeroExo' tail logo at Monterrey Airport, June 1999.

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