VH-TBK. Boeing 727-276A. c/n 20950-1081.

 

This aircraft was the first of two additional airframes ordered new by Trans Australia Airlines - ?

Rolled out of Boeing production hangar at Seattle (Boeing Field) - October 02, 1974

First flown at Seattle (Boeing Field) - October 22, 1974

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-TBK - October 31, 1974

Registered to Australian National Airlines Commission, Melbourne t/a Trans Australia Airlines

Departed Seattle on the delivery flight to Australia - November 01, 1974

Arrived Melbourne (Tullamarine) on completion of the delivery flight - November 04, 1974

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

The aircraft was named 'John Fawkner'

Operated first revenue service - November 08, 1974

Painted in a special promotional 'Central Australian' livery at Melbourne (Tullamarine) - 1980

Rolled out of the paintshop at Melbourne (Tullamarine) in the new livery - April 02, 1980

Presented to the press at Melbourne (Tullamarine) Airport - April 04, 1980

Returned to service - April 06, 1980

Operated last service in the 'Central Australian' livery - March 03, 1983

Rolled out at Melbourne (Tullamarine) in the Trans-Australia 'camel-hump' livery - March 26, 1983

The aircraft was renamed 'William Gosse

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

Operated final revenue service - November 22, 1986

Withdrawn from use and stored Melbourne (Tullamarine) Airport

Aircraft had flown 37,164 hours with 28,361 cycles

Aircraft titles and logo removed at Melbourne (Tullamarine) - November 23, 1986

Departed Melbourne (Tullamarine) on the ferry flight to the United Kingdom - December 05, 1986

Ferry route: Melbourne - Darwin - Singapore - Madras - Bahrain - Athens - London (Gatwick)

Sold to Aeron Aviation Corporation - December 08, 1986

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - December 10, 1986

Entered onto the British Aircraft Register as G-BNNI (CofR G-BNNI/R1) - December 10, 1986

Registered to Dan-Air Services Limited, Horley

Leased to Dan-Air London as the registered operator

Sub-leased to Sun Country Airlines, Minneapolis - December 20, 1989

Returned to Dan-Air on termination of the lease - April 24, 1990

Sub-leased to Sun Country Airlines, Minneapolis - September 10, 1990

Returned to Dan-Air on termination of the lease - April 27, 1992

Withdrawn from Dan-Air service - November 01, 1992

Returned to Aereon Leasing and stored at Lasham, U.K. - November 06, 1992

Registered to Arkia Leasing Limited, Douglas, U.K. (CofR G-BNNI/R2) - November 16, 1992

Observed at Lasham undergoing 'D' check - February 02, 1995

Registered to Swift Airways Limited, Dunmow (CofR G-BNNI/R3) - March 09, 1995

Leased to Swift Airways Ltd t/a Sabre Airways as the registered operator - March 11, 1995

Aircraft was named 'Lady Patricia'

Withdrawn from use and stored at London (Gatwick) - May 15, 1996

Ferried London (Gatwick) - Lasham for storage - November 20, 1996

Sub-leased to Constellation International Airways - April 07, 1997

Returned to Sabre Airways on termination of the sub-lease - May 18, 1997

Sub-leased to Sun Country Airways in Sabre Airways livery with small stickers - November 13, 1999

Returned to Sabre Airways on termination of sub-lease - May 10, 2000

Withdrawn from use and stored Southend - September 21, 2000

Registered to Sabre Airways Limited, Crawley (CofR G-BNNI/R4) - September 21, 2000

Ferried Lasham - Southend for conversion to freighter configuration - November 01, 2000

Freighter conversion was subsequently abandoned due to extensive corrosion being found in the airframe

Registered to Cougar Leasing Limited, Hornchurch (CofR G-BNNI/R5) - December 14, 2000

Engines removed from the aircraft at Southend - December 17, 2000

Aircraft stored at Southend awaiting final decision on its fate

Observed with the nose missing - July 08, 2003

Cancelled from the British Aircraft Register - August 04, 2003

Aircraft sold to 727 Communications, Stilling, Denmark

Fuselage removed from Southend by Humber Freight Ltd, Hull

Fuselage and wings transported by road and sea to Denmark

Aircraft reassembled and preserved outside the Head Office of 727 Communications, Stilling, Denmark

 

VH-TBK. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'John Falkner' in the original livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1979.

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VH-TBK. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'John Falkner' in the original livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, February 1979.

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VH-TBK. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'John Falkner' in the original livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, February 1979.

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VH-TBK. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'John Falkner' in the original livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, May 1979.

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VH-TBK. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'John Falkner' in the original livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, May 1979.

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VH-TBK. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'John Falkner' in the original livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, May 1979.

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VH-TBK. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'John Falkner' in the original livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1980.

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VH-TBK. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Central Australian' in the special livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, April 1980.

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VH-TBK. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Central Australian' in the special livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, May 1980.

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VH-TBK. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Central Australian' in the special livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, May 1980.

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VH-TBK. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Central Australian' in the special livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, May 1980.

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VH-TBK. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Central Australian' in the special livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, May 1980.

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VH-TBK. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Central Australian' in the special livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, May 1980.

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VH-TBK. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Central Australian' in the special livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, May 1980.

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VH-TBK. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Central Australian' in the special livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, May 1980.

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VH-TBK. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Central Australian' in the special livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, May 1980.

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VH-TBK. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Central Australian' in the special livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, May 1980.

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VH-TBK. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Central Australian' in the special livery at Port Moresby Airport, June 1980.

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VH-TBK. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Central Australian' in the special livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, August 1980.

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VH-TBK. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Central Australian' in the special livery at Canberra Airport, September 26, 1980.

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VH-TBK. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Central Australian' in the special livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, December 1980.

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VH-TBK. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Central Australian' in the special livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, December 1980.

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VH-TBK. TAA Trans Australia - 'William Gosse' in the 'camel hump' livery with additional 'America's Cup' titles at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, April 1984.

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VH-TBK. TAA Trans Australia - 'William Gosse' in the 'camel hump' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, June 1985.

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VH-TBK. TAA Trans Australia - 'William Gosse' in the 'camel hump' livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, October 1986.

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G-BNNI. Dan-Air London - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, July 1987.

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G-BNNI. Dan-Air London - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, December 1988.

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G-BNNI. Dan-Air - in the revised livery at an unknown airport, date unknown.

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G-BNNI. Sun Country - in the all-white livery at Los Angeles Airport, July 1991.

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G-BNNI. Sun Country - in the all-white livery at an unknown airport, April 1992.

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G-BNNI. Sabre - 'Lady Patricia' in the standard livery at an unknown airport, May 1995.

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G-BNNI. Sabre - 'Lady Patricia' in the standard livery at Lasham Airport, September 1995.

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G-BNNI. Sabre - 'Lady Patricia' in the standard livery at an unknown airport, February 1996.

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G-BNNI. Sabre - 'Lady Patricia' in the standard livery at Manchester Airport, June 1996.

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G-BNNI. Sabre - 'Lady Patricia' in the standard livery at an unknown airport, April 10, 1999.

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G-BNNI. Sabre - 'Lady Patricia' in the basic livery at Southend Airport, September 2000.

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G-BNNI. 727 Communications - 'Lady Patricia' in the standard livery at Stilling, Denmark, August 2004.

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