VH-TJF. Boeing 727-76. c/n 20371-822.
This aircraft was the last of two additional airframes ordered new by Trans Australia Airlines - ?
Rolled out at Seattle (Boeing Field) - June 01, 1970
First flown - June 30, 1970
Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-TJF - July 07, 1970
Registered to Trans-Australia Airlines, Melbourne
Accepted by Trans-Australia Airlines at Seattle (Boeing Field) - July 09, 1970
Departed Seattle (Boeing Field) on the delivery flight to Australia - July 09, 1970
Arrived Melbourne (Essendon) 07:40 hours on completion of the delivery flight - July 13, 1970
Delivery route: Seattle - San Francisco - Honolulu - Canton Island - Nadi - Brisbane - Melbourne
Aircraft was named 'William Dampier'
The aircraft was damaged by porters shortly after its arrival at Melbourne (Essendon)
A hole was punched in the fuselage by the forklift driver whilst unloading from the right hand galley door
Aircraft took three days to repair before being cleared to enter service
Operated first revenue service - July 18, 1970
Operated final revenue service - January 15, 1979
Withdrawn from use and stored at Melbourne (Tullamarine) Airport
The aircraft had flown 27,762 hours with 21,204 cycles
Sold to Constance Leasing, U.S.A. - January 23, 1979
Airline titles and logo were removed from the aircraft at Melbourne (Tullamarine) - February 02, 1979
Departed Melbourne (Tullamarine) on the ferry flight to the United States - February 21, 1979
Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - February 28, 1979
Entered onto the Turks & Caicos Islands Aircraft Register as VR-BAT - February 28, 1979
Registered to Constance Leasing, U.S.A.
Sold to View Top Corporation - June 01, 1984
Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N888VT - ?
Observed at Los Angeles operating for singer and actress Pia Zadora - August 1987
Sold to O'Gara Aviation - January 31, 1991
Sold to E II Holdings Inc, New York - ?
Sold to Skyline International Ltd, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia - July 26, 1991
Cancelled from the United States Aircraft Register - July 29, 1991
Entered onto the Bermuda Aircraft Register as VR-BRR - July 29, 1991
Observed parked at Stansted, England - September 1995
Observed parked at Stansted, England - March 31, 1996
Cancelled from the Bermuda Aircraft Register - ?
Entered onto the Ugandan Aircraft Register as 5X-AMM - April 29, 1996
The aircraft was test flown at Stansted - June 02, 1996
Leased to Triangle Airlines, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia - July 01, 1996
Observed at Lexington, Kentucky with 'Stage III' titles - September 11, 1997
Observed at Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - February 16, 1998
Aircraft was operating for Muslim Leader and U. S. Activist Louis Farrakhan
Sold to Starling Aviation - May 21, 1998
Entered onto the Cayman Islands Aircraft Register as VP-CJN - ?
Observed at Paris (Le Bourget) in blue / gold livery without titles and with winglets fitted - January 16, 2001
Observed parked at Innsbruck, Austria - June 18, 2005
Observed parked at Innsbruck, Austria - August 21, 2009
Withdrawn from use by Starling Aviation - January 2012
Observed stored at Lasham, England - November 01, 2014
Observed stored intact at Lasham, England - July 2015
Observed stored intact and in good condition at Lasham, England - November 2015
Current status - ?
VH-TJF. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'William Dampier' in the standard livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, November 1970.
(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4610-542.)
VH-TJF. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'William Dampier' in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, January 1979.
(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4610-868.)
VH-TJF. TAA - in the basic livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, February 1979.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-106.)
VR-BAT. Constance Leasing - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, May 1983.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-628.)
N888VT. View Top Corporation - in the standard livery at Paris Le Bourget Airport, June 1985.
(C. Laugier Copyright Image 4610-627.)
N888VT. View Top Corporation - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, March 1986.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-936.)
N888VT. View Top Corporation - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, April 1987.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-543.)
N888VT. View Top Corporation - in the standard livery at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, August 1988.
(N. Roozen Copyright Image 4610-616.)
5X-AMM. Triangle Airlines - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, date unknown.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-196.)
5X-AMM. Triangle Airlines - in the standard livery with faded 'Republique du Congo' titles at an unknown airport, March 1997.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-544.)