VH-BZI. Convair 440-61. c/n 459.
Was also registered as: N8420H; N5811; C-GGWF; OO-DHL; EC-HMS; N589X.
This aircraft was ordered new by Ansett Airways at a cost of $US 750, 000 - 1957
Constructed by the Convair Division of the General Dynamics Corporation
Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-BZI - July 23, 1957
Registered to Ansett Airways Pty Ltd, Melbourne
Construction completed - August 23, 1957
Departed San Diego on the delivery flight to Australia - October 05, 1957
It arrived at Melbourne (Essendon) on completion of the delivery flight - October 15, 1957
Delivery route: San Francisco - Honolulu - Canton Island - Nadi - Brisbane - Melbourne
Flight crew: Captains J. Hassard, A. McNaughton; Navigator E. W. Adams
Operated its first revenue service - October 1957
Transferred to Butler Air Transport to replace CV-340 - August 1959
Operated last Convair service with Airlines of N.S.W. Sydney - Coffs Harbour - Casino - Oakey return - July 14, 1960
Returned to Ansett-ANA - July 15, 1960
Used to transported Reginald Ansett to Auckland (Whenuapai) Airport - March 23, 1961
This visit was to view the operations of SPANZ (South Pacific Airlines of NZ)
Withdrawn from Ansett-A.N.A. service - May 04, 1962
Sold to Allegheny Airlines Inc for $US 400,000 - May 05, 1962
Departed Melbourne (Essendon) on the ferry flight to the United States - May 05, 1962
It arrived at San Francisco on completion of the ferry flight - May 07, 1962
Ferry route: Melbourne - Nadi - Canton Island - Honolulu - San Francisco
Flight crew: Captain A. Lane, A. James, W. Hill; Navigator W. C. Kennedy
The aircraft had been fitted with canvas auxiliary fuel tanks in the cabin to assist in the ferry flight
Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - May 09, 1962
Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N8420H - May 14, 1962
Registered to Allegheny Airlines Inc
Accepted by Allegheny Airlines - May 14, 1962
It was converted to CV-580 standard by Pacific Airmotive Corp - February 07, 1966 to April 1966
Redelivered to AlleghenyAirlines - April 28, 1966
Reregistered as N5811 - ?
Sold to Commuter Airlines Inc, Binghampton, NY - June 20, 1978
Leased to Freedom Airlines Inc, Cleveland, Ohio - September 07, 1982
Sold to Air Ontario - October 16, 1984
Cancelled from the United States Aircraft Register - October 18, 1984
Entered onto the Canadian Aircraft Register as C-GGWF - October 18, 1984
Converted to freighter configuration
Sold to European Air Transport - January 22, 1988
Entered onto the Belgian Aircraft Register as OO-DHL - ?
Sold to DHL Worldwide Courier - February 01, 1988
Leased to Swift Air - May 2000
Entered onto the Spanish Aircraft Register as EC-HMS - ?
Operated as a freighter in full DHL livery
It was quoted that the aircraft had flown 56,957 hours with 54,559 cycles as of mid 2003
This aircraft was advertised for sale by Aviation Marketing International LLC, Las Vegas - mid 2004
It was observed based at Athens, Greece - April 24, 2005
It was operating a daily freight service Athens - Thessalonika
Withdrawn from service and stored at Athens - October 2005
The intended sale to SkyHaul South Africa did not eventuate - November 2005
Sold to Spanaway for operations by Air Tahoma Inc, Colombus, Ohio - August 17, 2006
Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N589X - August 22, 2006
Registered to Spanaway, Washington State on Temporary Certificate T066204
It was observed at Madrid with registration 'N589X' on the fuselage - September 13, 2006
It arrived in the United States on completion of the ferry flight - September 2006
The temporary registration expired - September 21, 2006
The aircraft was grounded by the F. A. A. and was never operated by Air Tahoma
Registered as N589X to Spanaway, Washington State - June 19, 2014
It was observed stored at Clarke County Airport, Quitman, MS - May 2015
Current status - ?
VH-BZI. Butler Air Transport - in the basic Ansett Airways livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, December 1959.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1029-113.)
VH-BZI. Ansett-A.N.A. - in an early livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, date unknown.
(G. Canciani Collection Copyright Image 1029-201.)
VH-BZI. Ansett-A.N.A. - in the final livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, November 26, 1961.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1029-276.)
N5811. Freedom Airlines - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, February 1982.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1029-228.)
N5811. Freedom Airlines - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, July 1983.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1029-227.)
N5811. Freedom Airlines - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, August 1983.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1029-232.)
C-GGWF. Air Ontario - in the standard livery at Toronto Airport, July 1985.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1029-056.)
OO-DHL. DHL Worldwide Express - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, May 1988.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1029-081.)
EC-HMS. DHL Worldwide Express - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, May 2002.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1029-226.)