VH-TBH. Boeing 727-276A. c/n 20553-991.

 

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

Rolled out at the Boeing Seattle plant - October 22, 1973

First flown as N1787B - November 18, 1973

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-TBH (CofA 7842) - November 20, 1973

Registered to Trans-Australia Airlines, Melbourne

Arrived Melbourne (Tullamarine) on completion of the delivery flight - November 23, 1973

Delivery route: Seattle - Honolulu - Pago Pago - Brisbane - Melbourne

The aircraft was named 'Freeman Cobb'

Operated first revenue service - December 01, 1973

Operated last service in the original livery - April 29, 1983

Aircraft underwent overhaul and a repaint into the Australian Airlines livery at Melbourne (Tullamarine)

During this lay-up major corrosion was found in the aircraft centre section and was partially repaired

Boeing deemed that this aircraft could not operate beyond its next major overhaul due August 1991

It was decided that the aircraft would be permanently withdrawn from service before then

Rolled out at Melbourne (Tullamarine) in the new 'camel-hump' livery - June 21, 1983

Returned to service Melbourne (Tullamarine) - ? - July 13, 1983

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

Rolled out at Melbourne (Tullamarine) in the Australian Airlines livery - September 23, 1987

Returned to service Melbourne (Tullamarine) - ? - September 30, 1987

Officially transferred to Australian Airlines - July 11, 1988

Operated final revenue service - March 06, 1991

Withdrawn from use and stored at Melbourne (Tullamarine) Airport

Aircraft had flown 50,617 hours with 38,877 cycles

Sold to Memphis Group - June 08, 1991

Departed Melbourne (Tullamarine) on the ferry flight to the United States - June 08, 1991

Ferry route: Melbourne - Nadi - Pago Pago - Honolulu - San Diego - Greenwood (Mississippi)

Aircraft was ferried to Greenwood in the Australian Airlines livery

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - June 13, 1991

Scrapped for parts at Greenwood, Mississippi - June 1992

Observed at Greenwood with major parts missing - October 15, 1993

 

VH-TBH. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Freeman Cobb' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, April 1978.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4610-456.)

VH-TBH. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Freeman Cobb' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1979.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4610-457.)

VH-TBH. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Freeman Cobb' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1979.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4610-458.)

VH-TBH. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Freeman Cobb' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1979.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4610-316.)

VH-TBH. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Freeman Cobb' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, May 1979.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4610-459.)

VH-TBH. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Freeman Cobb' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1980.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4610-460.)

VH-TBH. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Freeman Cobb' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1980.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4610-470.)

VH-TBH. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Freeman Cobb' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, April 1980.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4610-497.)

VH-TBH. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Freeman Cobb' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, May 1980.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4610-461.)

VH-TBH. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Freeman Cobb' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, May 1980.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4610-498.)

VH-TBH. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Freeman Cobb' in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamaine Airport, November 1980.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4610-578.)

VH-TBH. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Freeman Cobb' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, December 1980.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4610-462.)

VH-TBH. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Freeman Cobb' in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, January 1981.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4610-471.)

VH-TBH. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Freeman Cobb' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, July 1981.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4610-472.)

VH-TBH. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Freeman Cobb' in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, October 1981.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-116.)

VH-TBH. TAA Trans Australia - 'Freeman Cobb' in the 'camel hump' livery at Brisbane Airport, date unknown.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-278.)

VH-TBH. TAA Trans Australia - 'Freeman Cobb' in the 'camel hump' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, February 1984.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4610-473.)

VH-TBH. TAA Trans Australia - 'Freeman Cobb' in the 'camel hump' livery at Brisbane Airport, October 1984.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-474.)

VH-TBH. TAA Trans Australia - 'Freeman Cobb' in the 'camel hump' livery at Brisbane Airport, November 1986.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-592.)

VH-TBH. TAA Trans Australia - 'Freeman Cobb' in the 'camel hump' livery with additional 'Americas Cup' titles at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1987.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4610-475.)

VH-TBH. Australian - 'Freeman Cobb' in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, December 17, 1987.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-452.)

VH-TBH. Australian - 'Freeman Cobb' in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, January 1989.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-476.)

VH-TBH. Australian - 'Freeman Cobb' in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, December 1989.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4610-477.)