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VH-TJB. Boeing 727-76. c/n 18742-81.

 

This was the second of two aircraft ordered new by Trans Australia Airlines - February 01, 1963

Powered by Pratt & Whitney JT8D-9 engines

Rolled out at Boeing Seattle - August 26, 1964

First flown as VH-TJB - October 01, 1964

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-TJB - November 13, 1964

Registered to Australian National Airlines Commission, Melbourne

Arrived Melbourne (Essendon) on completion of the delivery flight - November 13, 1964

Delivery route: Seattle - San Francisco - Honolulu - Canton Island - Nadi - Melbourne

The aircraft was named 'John Forrest'

It operated its first revenue service - November 29, 1964

Withdrawn from service and stored at Melbourne (Tullamarine) Airport - August 18, 1977

Returned to service - December 01, 1977

Withdrawn from service for 'C' check - October 10, 1978

A crack was discovered in the horizontal stabiliser - a unit from VH-TJD swapped in until unit was repaired by Boeing

The VH-TJD horizontal stabiliser swapped back - January 1979

Returned to service - November 02, 1978

Withdrawn from service and stored at Melbourne (Tullamarine) Airport - April 19, 1979

Returned to service and used as a back-up aircraft when needed - May 29, 1979

Operated final revenue service Launceston - Melbourne (Tullamarine) as TN2806 - January 29, 1980

Withdrawn from use and stored at Melbourne (Tullamarine) Airport - January 30, 1980

Used by TAA for air-to-air publicity photo shoot with a camera fitted to tail - February 1980

Titles removed from the aircraft at Melbourne (Tullamarine) Airport - March 12, 1980

It had flown 47,227 hours with 37,112 cycles

Departed Melbourne (Tullamarine) at 04:15 hrs local on the ferry flight to the United States - April 11, 1980

Arrived Miami on delivery to International Air Lease - April 14, 1980

Sold to International Air Leases - April 15, 1980

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - April 16, 1980

Leased to Lineas Aereas de Nicaragua (LANICA) - August 15, 1980

Entered onto the Nicaraguan Aircraft Register as YN-BWX - August 1980

The aircraft was named 'Cte Camilo Ortega'

Returned to International Air Lease on termination of the lease - February 24, 1981

Leased to Transbrasil - January 28, 1982

Entered onto the Brazilian Aircraft Register as PT-TCF - February 1982

Sold to Transbrasil - February 1986

Leased to Aces Colombia - August 26, 1988

Entered onto the Colombian Aircraft Register as HK-3442X - August 1988

Returned to Transbrasil on termination of the lease - April 30, 1989

Sold to Corsair Inc - May 10, 1989

Leased to Tur Avrupa Hava Yollari, Turkey - June 09, 1989

Entered onto the Turkish Aircraft Register as TC-ATU - June 1989

Returned to Corsair Inc on termination of the lease - February 16, 1991

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N66510 - February 1991

Ferried to Miami for storage - March 1991

Leased to Americana de Aviacion SA - October 1991

Leased to Hanair - April 15, 1992 to June 1992

Entered onto the Haiti Aircraft Register as HH-PRI - April 1992

Leased to Aerovias SA - June 20, 1992

Entered onto the Guatemalan Aircraft Register as TG-ANP - June 1992

Leased to Trans Latin Air - August 1992

Entered onto the Panamanian Aircraft Register as HP-1179TLN - ?

The aircraft was named 'El Crucero del Aire'

Returned to Corsair Inc - March 1993

Leased to Quassar de Mexico - March 23, 1993

Entered onto the Mexican Aircraft Register as XA-SHT - March 1993

Aircraft retained the name 'El Crucero del Aire'

Withdrawn from service when company ceased operations - September 1994

Aircraft returned to Corsair and scrapped at Miami (Opa-locka) - September 1995

 

VH-TJB. TAA The Nation's Jetline - in the original livery at Seattle, November 1964.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-272.)

VH-TJB. TAA The Nation's Jetline - 'John Forrest' in the original livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, April 1965.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-325.)

VH-TJB. TAA The Nation's Jetline - 'John Forrest' in the original livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, December 1965.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-098.)

VH-TJB. TAA The Nation's Jetline - 'John Forrest' in the original livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, December 1965.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-100.)

VH-TJB. TAA The Nation's Jetline - 'John Forrest' in the original livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 15, 1966.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4610-112.)

VH-TJB. TAA The Nation's Jetline - 'John Forrest' in the original livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 17, 1966.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4610-375.)

VH-TJB. TAA The Nation's Jetline - 'John Forrest' in the original livery at Brisbane Airport, Janiuary 1966.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-822.)

VH-TJB. TAA T-Jet - 'John Forrest' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, May 1968.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4610-327.)

VH-TJB. TAA T-Jet - 'John Forrest' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, May 1968.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4610-374.)

VH-TJB. TAA T-Jet - 'John Forrest' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, September 1968.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-464.)

VH-TJB. TAA T-Jet - 'John Forrest' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, December 1968.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4610-781.)

VH-TJB. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'John Forrest' in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, June 1977.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4610-782.)

VH-TJB. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'John Forrest' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1978.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4610-522.)

VH-TJB. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'John Forrest' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1978.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4610-608.)

VH-TJB. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'John Forrest' in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, March 1978.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4610-167.)

VH-TJB. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'John Forrest' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, August 1978.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4610-235.)

VH-TJB. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'John Forrest' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1979.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4610-523.)

VH-TJB. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'John Forrest' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1979.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4610-609.)

VH-TJB. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'John Forrest' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, May 1979.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4610-524.)

VH-TJB. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'John Forrest' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, May 1979.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4610-525.)

VH-TJB. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'John Forrest' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, September 1979.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4610-610.)

VH-TJB. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'John Forrest' in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, November 1979.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-099.)

VH-TJB. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'John Forrest' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1980.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4610-326.)

VH-TJB. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'John Forrest' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1980.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4610-234.)

VH-TJB. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'John Forrest' in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, January 1980.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4610-216.)

VH-TJB. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'John Forrest' in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, January 1980.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-968.)

VH-TJB. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'John Forrest' in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, April 1980.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-101.)

YN-BWX. Lanica Nicaragua - 'Cie Camilo Ortega' in the standard livery at Miami Airport, December 1980.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-184.)

PT-TCF. Trans Brasil - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, March 1984.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-611.)

PT-TCF. Trans Brasil - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, July 1987.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-612.)

HK-3442X. Aces Colombia - in the basic Trans Brasil livery at Quito Airport, October 1988.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-177.)

HK-3442X. Aces Colombia - in the basic Trans Brasil livery at Quito Airport, October 1988.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-227.)

TC-ATU. TUR - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, June 1989.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-751.)

TC-ATU. TUR - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, August 1990.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-613.)

N66510. TUR - in the standard livery at Miami Airport, April 1991.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-258.)

TG-ANP. Aerovias - in the standard livery at Miami Airport, June 1992.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-287.)

TG-ANP. Aerovias - in the standard livery at Miami Airport, August 1992.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-209.)

HP-1179TLN. TLA Airlines - 'El Crucero del Aire' in the standard livery at an unknown airport, February 1993.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-869.)

XA-SHT. Quassar - 'El Crucero del Aire' in the standard livery at Mexico City Airport, January 1994.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-218.)

XA-SHT. Quassar - 'El Crucero del Aire' in the standard livery at Mexico City Airport, March 1994.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-626.)

XA-SHT. Quassar - 'El Crucero del Aire' in the standard livery at Mexico City Airport, March 1994.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-614.)