VH-BZD. Convair 340-32. c/n 110.

 

Originally ordered by Braniff Airways but it was not taken up

Constructed by the Convair Division of the General Dynamics Corporation, San Diego, Califoirnia

Construction completed at San Diego - August 08, 1953

Placed in storage - October 26, 1953

Sold to Ansett Airways - June 10, 1954

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-BZD - June 21, 1954

Registered to Ansett Airways

Departed San Diego on the delivery flight to Australia - August 04, 1954

Arrived in Melbourne (Essendon) on completion of the delivery flight - August 16, 1954

Delivery route: Kansas City - New York - Gander - Shannon - London - Rome - Beirut - Bahrain -

Karachi - New Delhi - Calcutta - Singapore - Jakarta - Darwin - Brisbane - Sydney - Melbourne

Operated first revenue service Melbourne (Essendon) - Sydney - Brisbane - October 04, 1954

Leased to Butler Air Transport - October 1958

Operated first Butler revenue service Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - Casino - October 03, 1958

Withdrawn from Butler service - February 1959

Sold to Beldex Corporation via Remmert Werner Inc - March 01, 1959

Departed Melbourne (Essendon) on the ferry flight to the United States - March 01, 1959

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - March 16, 1959

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N440W - ?

Converted to CV-440 standard with executive interior

Reregistered as N1846 - October 31, 1962

Registered to Southern Ohio Railroad Company

Transferred to Mead Corp, Ohio, then to Air Transport Leasing Corp

Reregistered as N1846D - ?

Sold to Allegheny Airlines - January 04, 1965

Converted to CV-580 standard by Pacific Airmotive Corp - January 1965

Reregistered as N5803 - April 08, 1965

Registered to Allegheny Airlines

Sold to Sunny South Aircraft Service Inc - July 25, 1978

Leased to Charter Air Corp operating as Charter Airlines

Reregistered as N900WC - July 25, 1978

Leased to Mackey International Airlines - May 1979

Leased to Puerto Rico International Airlines t/a Prinair - August 08, 1981

Sold to Prinair - November 03, 1983

Sold to Executive Car & Truck Leasing after Prinair ceased flying - February 13, 1986

Sold to Kelowna Flightcraft - March 1990

Aircraft was not entered onto the Canadian Aircraft Register

Converted to parts and scrapped - early 1990s

 

VH-BZD. Ansett Airways - in the standard livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, September 1954.

(E. D. Daw Collection Copyright Image 1029-010.)

VH-BZD. Ansett Airways - in the standard livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, October 1954.

(J. Hopton Collection Copyright Image 1029-175.)

VH-BZD. Ansett Airways - in the standard livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, October 1954.

(B. Colledge Copyright Image 1029-054.)

VH-BZD. Ansett Airways - in the standard livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, October 1954.

(B. Colledge Copyright Image 1029-052.)

VH-BZD. Ansett Airways - in the standard livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, November 1954.

(B. Colledge Copyright Image 1029-041.)

VH-BZD. Ansett Airways - in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, circa 1954.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1029-179.)

VH-BZD. Ansett Airways - in the standard livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, circa 1954.

(L. Wise Copyright Image 1029-073.)

VH-BZD. Ansett-ANA - in the standard livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, date unknown.

(B. Colledge Copyright Image 1029-044.)

VH-BZD. Ansett-ANA - in the standard livery at Coolangatta Airport, date unknown.

(G. Canciani Collection Copyright Image 1029-200.)

VH-BZD. Ansett-ANA - in the standard livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, date unknown.

(E. Coates Copyright Image 1029-125.)

N900WC. Charter Airlines - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, December 1978.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1029-102.)

N900WC. Mackey - in the Charter Airlines livery at Miami Opa Locka Airport, date unknown.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1029-065.)

N900WC. Prinair - in the Charter Airlines livery at Miami Airport, November 1981.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1029-107.)