VH-TBM. Boeing 727-276A. c/n 21171-1232.

 

This aircraft was ordered new by Trans-Australia Airlines - ?

Rolled out at Seattle - October 14, 1976

First flown at Seattle - November 04, 1976

The allocated test registration 'N40124' was not used

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-TBM - November 18, 1976

Departed Seattle (Boeing Field) on the delivery flight to Australia - November 19, 1976

Arrived Melbourne (Tullamarine) on completion of the delivery flight - November 21, 1976

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

The aircraft was named 'Albert Namatjira'

Operated first revenue service - November 26, 1976

Operated last service in the original livery - November 02, 1981

Rolled out at Melbourne (Tullamarine) in the 'camel-hump' livery - December 07, 1981

Returned to service - December 10, 1981

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

Officially transferred to Australian Airlines - July 11, 1988

Operated last service in the 'camel-hump' livery - December 14, 1988

Aircraft underwent heavy maintenance and repaint at Melbourne (Tullamarine) taking over 6 months to complete

Rolled out in the 'Australian' livery - July 1989

Returned to service - July 17, 1989

Operated final revenue service - December 20, 1992

Withdrawn from use and stored Melbourne (Tullamarine) Airport

Aircraft had flown 44,927 hours with 34,600 cycles

All titles and airline logos removed at Melbourne (Tullamarine) - August 01, 1993

Sold to Extex International - September 30, 1993

Departed Melbourne (Tullamarine) on the ferry flight to Fort Worth, Texas as TN6094 - September 30, 1993

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - October 05, 1993

Sold to Aeroexo - October 05, 1993

Entered onto the Mexican Aircraft Register as XA-SLG - ?

Leased to Aviacsa - December 1994 to March 1996

The aircraft was transferred to Aviacsa - 1997

This aircraft was fitted with winglets - ?

Withdrawn from service after operating last Boeing 727 passenger service in Mexico - March 06, 2007

Observed stored at Mexico City in good condition - January 28, 2008

Remains stored in derelict condition at Mexico City - 2014

Current status - ?

 

VH-TBM. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Albert Namatjira' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, April 1978.

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VH-TBM. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Albert Namatjira' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, May 1979.

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VH-TBM. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Albert Namatjira' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1980.

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VH-TBM. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Albert Namatjira' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, May 1980.

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VH-TBM. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Albert Namatjira' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, May 1980.

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VH-TBM. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Albert Namatjira' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, May 1980.

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VH-TBM. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Albert Namatjira' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, May 1980.

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VH-TBM. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Albert Namatjira' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, September 1980.

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VH-TBM. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Albert Namatjira' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1981.

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VH-TBM. TAA Trans Australia - 'Albert Namatjira' in the 'camel hump' livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, January 1982.

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VH-TBM. TAA Trans Australia - 'Albert Namatjira' in the 'camel hump' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, February 1982.

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VH-TBM. TAA Trans Australia - 'Albert Namatjira' in the 'camel hump' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, September 1985.

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VH-TBM. TAA Trans Australia - 'Albert Namatjira' in the 'camel hump' livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, December 1985.

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VH-TBM. TAA Trans Australia - 'Albert Namatjira' in the 'camel hump' livery at Brisbane Airport, November 1986.

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VH-TBM. TAA Trans Australia - 'Albert Namatjira' in the 'camel hump' livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, February 1988.

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VH-TBM. Australian - 'Albert Namatjira' in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, September 1989.

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VH-TBM. Australian - 'Albert Namatjira' in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, September 1989.

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VH-TBM. Australian - 'Albert Namatjira' in the basic livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, August 1993.

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XA-SLG. Aviacsa - in the non-standard livery at an unknown airport, date unknown.

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