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Withdrawn from use and stored at Melbourne (Tullamarine) Airport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 - May 1998

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

Ferried Fujairah - Lasham, England for storage - June 19, 2012

Observed stored at Lasham, England - October 13, 2013

Observed stored at Lasham, England without engines - July 16, 2014

Observed stored at Lasham, England - November 01, 2014

Cancelled from the Cayman Islands Aircraft Register - 2015

Observed stored basically intact but without engines at Lasham, England - July 2015

Observed in the scrapping area without engines at Lasham, England - November 16, 2015

Observed partially scrapped - December 11, 2015

Observed with the wings removed - August 21, 2016

The fuselage observed awaiting total scrapping at Lasham - April 17, 2018

 

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.)