VH-RMF. Boeing 767-277. c/n 22694-32.


Ordered new by Ansett Airlines with three-man cockpit

Construction completed at the Boeing Seattle - June 1983

First flown as N8287V - June 08, 1983

Powered by General Electric CF6-80A engines

Configured to seat 48 First Class and 153 Economy Class passengers

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-RME - June 22, 1983

Registered to Ansett Transport Industries (Operations) Pty Ltd, Melbourne

Accepted by Ansett at Seattle - June 23, 1983

Departed Seattle (Boeing Field) on the delivery flight to Australia as AN53 - June 23, 1983

Arrived Melbourne (Tullamarine) on completion of the delivery flight - June 25, 1983

Delivery route: Seattle - Honolulu - Nadi - Melbourne

Ansett flight crew: Captain M. Wheaton; F/Es G. Lynch, C. Short

Boeing crew: Capts D. Bennett, F. Bennett, J. Dunham, J. Davey; F/Es W. Woodruff, M. Schulenberger, P. de Roberts

Operated first revenue service Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Sydney (Kingsford Smith) as AN8 - July 03, 1983

Flight crew: Captain M. Wheaton, F/O C. Howard

Operated inaugural 767 service Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Perth - Melbourne as AN224/209 - August 14, 1983

Operated Ansett Air Freight's first 767 freighter service to Tasmania as AN441/442 - October 01, 1985

Route: Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Launceston - Melbourne (Tullamarine)

Operated the first Melbourne - Hobart - Melbourne freighter service as AN1431/1432 - January 21, 1986

A female passenger (Dr A. E. I. Bettles) invaded the cockpit at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport - October 03, 1987

As aircraft had not left the gate she was allowed to take her seat and was arrested on arrival at Sydney Airport

Charged to appear before Sydney Magistrates Court under A.N.R. 312 she did not front the court

It was later learned that she had fled the country

Operated inaugural Sydney - Denpasar - Sydney service as AN217/218 (Captain J. Dorward) - September 11, 1993

Conversion from 3-man cockpit to standard 2-person cockpit completed - March 17, 1998

Configured to seat 12 First Class, 18 Business Class and 181 Economy Class passengers

Grounded by CASA at Melbourne Airport for non-compliance of airworthy directives - April 12, 2001

Returned to service - May 01, 2001

Intended sale and lease back from GECAS did not eventuate - May 2001

Operated final revenue service Sydney - Melbourne as AN59 (Captain P. Green; F/O W. Crowley) - July 24, 2001

Aircraft was undergoing heavy maintenance when Ansett ceased all operations - September 13, 2001

Offered for immediate sale by Ansett Trading - October 2001

Aircraft had flown 51,128 hours and 36,634 cycles as of July 24, 2001

An intended lease to KrasAir, Russia via management company Airfleet Resources did not eventuate

Painted all-white with grey wings - October 2002

Test flown at Melbourne (Captains J. Snowball, M. Klapp) - December 05, 2002

Placed in storage at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport

Sold to Aeroturbine Inc, Miami - September 13, 2004

Registration N767AT reserved by Aeroturbine Inc - September 29, 2004

Ansett Administrators announced that the aircraft would undergo heavy check at Melbourne - May 2005

Static tests carried out at Melbourne (Tullamarine) - November 29, 2005

Test flown at Melbourne (Captain J. Dorward) November 30 and December 02, 2005

Validation test flight performed (Captains J. Dorward, L. Griffiths) - January 30, 2006

Departed Melbourne (Tullamarine) on the ferry flight to the United States as N767AT - March 03, 2006

Ferry route: Melbourne - Honolulu - Victorville (California)

Flight crew: Captain R. Sullivan; F/O G. Robinson

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - ?

Sold to Wells Fargo Bank Northwest - April 24, 2006

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N767AT - ?

Registered to Wells Fargo Bank Northwest NA - May 31, 2006

Ferried Victorville - Miami for painting / preparation for lease Gadair European Airlines - June 12, 2006

Leased to Gadair - July 12, 2006

Ferried Miami - Goodyear in the standard Gadair livery to escape Cyclone Ernesto - August 29, 2006

The lease to Gadair was not taken up and aircraft returned to Wells Fargo Bank Northwest

Placed in open storage at Goodyear - October 2006

Flew Goodyear - Tucson return on a test flight (Captains G. Robinson, D. Spain, W. van Wormer) - January 25, 2007

Sold to Dallas Mavericks Ownership Group - February 16, 2007

Ferried Goodyear - Dallas on delivery - February 17, 2007

Ferried Dallas - Roswell for painting into the Dallas Mavericks livery - February 27, 2007

Ferried Dallas - Kelowna, BC, Canada for upgrading by Flightcraft Engineering - April 17, 2007

Work included fitting 108 seat VIP luxury coach interior and ETOPS upgrade

Reregistered as N767MW - April 20, 2007

Leased to Pace Airlines Inc, Winston-Salem, NC and operated for Dallas Mavericks

Delivered to Pace Airlines Inc - September 09, 2007

Returned to LMW Air LLC - September 17, 2009

Ferried Dallas (Love) - Phoenix on delivery to Swiftair - May 05, 2010

Ferried Paine (Everett) - Phoenix after cabin reconfiguration to seat 102 passengers - October 2010

Leased to Swiftair, Phoenix - March 01, 2011

Current with Swiftair as N767MW


VH-RMF. Ansett - in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Melbourne Airport, September l 1983.
VH-RMF. Ansett - in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Melbourne Airport, November 1983.
VH-RMF. Ansett - in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Sydney Airport, January 1985.
VH-RMF. Ansett - in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Melbourne Airport, April 1985.

VH-RMF. Ansett - in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Melbourne Airport, April 1985.

VH-RMF. Ansett - in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Melbourne Airport, August 1986.
VH-RMF. Ansett Australia - in the 'Union Jack' livery at Melbourne Airport, March 1992.
VH-RMF. Ansett Australia - in the 'Union Jack' livery at Brisbane Airport, April 1992.

VH-RMF. Ansett Australia - in the 'Union Jack' livery at Brisbane Airport, August 1992.

VH-RMF. Ansett Australia - in the 'Union Jack' livery at Brisbane Airport, May 1993.
VH-RMF. Ansett Australia - in the 'Union Jack' livery at Brisbane Airport, date unknown.

VH-RMF. Ansett Australia - in the 'Union Jack' livery at Sydney Airport, September 1994.

VH-RMF. Ansett Australia - in the 'Union Jack' livery at Sydney Airport, November 1995.

VH-RMF. Ansett Australia - in the 'Starmark' livery at Melbourne Airport, January 1998.
 

N767MW. Pace Airlines - in the VIP livery at Dallas Airport, February 2008.

N767MW. Pace Airlines - in the VIP livery at Dallas Airport, March 2008.