VH-RMK. Boeing 767-204. c/n 22981-79.

 

This aircraft was ordered new by Britannia Airways - ?

Construction completed at Everett (Paine Field) - January 1984

First flown as N1785B - January 13, 1984

Powered by General Electric CF6-80A-1 engines

Entered onto the British Aircraft Register as G-BKVZ - January 17, 1984

Registered to Britannia Airways

The aircraft was named 'Sir Winston Churchill'

Delivered to Britannia Airways - February 06, 1984

Leased to Ansett Australia with the option to purchase at a later date - November 01, 1994

Ferried Luton - Seattle for refurbishment to Ansett's requirements - November 01, 1994

Cancelled from the British Aircraft Register - November 02, 1994

Entered onto Australian Aircraft Register as VH-RMK - November 03, 1994

Registered to Ansett Australia Ltd, Melbourne

Departed Seattle on the ferry flight to Australia as AN5981 - December 22, 1994

Arrived Melbourne (Tullamarine) on completion of the ferry flight - December 24, 1994

Ferry route: Seattle - Honolulu - Nadi - Melbourne

Crew: Captains G. S. Stewart, D. D. Donnelly; F/O K. Abbott, E. D. Stewart (to Nadi); N. Hook (from Nadi),

Support: K. Wombwell, M. Allen, M. Joss, C. Waterman, H. Hertaeg, J. Ritson, A. Madsen, M. Catterall

Arrived carrying Ansett Australia titles but a plain dark-blue tail

Operated first revenue service (Captain T. Raniere) - December 27, 1994

Purchased by Ansett Australia - ?

Grounded by CASA at Melbourne (Tullamarine) for the non-compliance of airworthy directives - April 12, 2001

Returned to service Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Perth as AN215 - April 26, 2001

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

Operated final revenue service Brisbane - Sydney (Capt P. Pechey, F/O F. Crampton) as AN159 - September 13, 2001

Aircraft stored at the Ansett Sydney Terminal when Ansett ceased all operations - September 13, 2001

Offered for immediate sale by Ansett Trading - October 2001

Ferried Sydney - Melbourne (Tullamarine) for storage as AN4041 - February 25, 2002

Underwent maintenance and removal of titles at Melbourne Airport - May 2002

The aircraft had flown 59,761 hours with 29,999 cycles as of June 27, 2002

Painted in all-white livery at Melbourne (Tullamarine) - January 2004

Was used to shoot the interior cabin scenes for the Australian movie 'Kenny' complete with Ansett Business Class seats,

cutlery and crockery although the 'flight' was supposed to be on a Qantas aircraft

Sold to Aeroturbine Inc, Miami, Florida - September 13, 2004

Handed over to Aeroturbine at Melbourne (Tullamarine) - October 25, 2004

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - October 26, 2004

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N860AT - October 28, 2004

Departed Melbourne (Tullamarine) on the ferry flight to the United States - October 30, 2004

Arrived at Opa Locka on completion of the ferry flight - November 03, 2004

Ferried route: Melbourne - Honolulu - Opa Locka

Observed in the scrapping area at Opa Locka in all-white livery without engines - November 21, 2004

Aircraft permanently retired at Opa Locka and parted out

Cancelled from the United States Aircraft Register - May 16, 2006

 

G-BKVZ. Britannia - 'Sir Winston Churchill' in the standard livery at an unknown airport, February 1985.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4650-073.)

G-BKVZ. Britannia - 'Sir Winston Churchill' in the standard livery at Paris Charles de Gualle Airport, July 1988.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4650-074.)

VH-RMK. Ansett Australia - in the basic 'Starmark' livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, December 1994.

(G. Bennett Copyright Image 4650-670.)

VH-RMK. Ansett Australia - in the partial 'Starmark' livery at Brisbane Airport, January 1995.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4650-028.)

VH-RMK. Ansett Australia - in the partial 'Starmark' livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, January 1995.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4650-208.)

VH-RMK. Ansett Australia - in the partial 'Starmark' livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, January 1995.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4650-584.)

VH-RMK. Ansett Australia - in the 'Starmark' livery at Brisbane Airport, January 1996.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4650-005.)

VH-RMK. Ansett Australia - in the 'Starmark' livery at Brisbane Airport, September 1996.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4650-124.)

VH-RMK. Ansett Australia - in the 'Starmark' livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, September 1996.

(G. Bennett Copyright Image 4650-672.)

VH-RMK. Ansett Australia - in the 'Starmark' livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, July 1997.

(G. Bennett Copyright Image 4650-673.)

VH-RMK. Ansett Australia - in the 'Starmark' livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, March 1999.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4650-247.)

VH-RMK. Ansett Australia - in the 'Starmark' livery at Brisbane Airport, January 2001.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4650-220.)