VH-PDW. Convair CV-580. c/n 086.


 

Ordered new by United Airlines Inc, Chicago, Illinois

Construction completed as a Convair 340-31 - April 04, 1953

Powered by Pratt and Whitney R-2800-CB-16 Double Wasp engines

Delivered to United Airlines - June 19, 1953

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N73136 - ?

Aircraft named ‘Mainliner Vancouver’

Sold to Frontier Airlines, Denver, Colorado - May 22, 1961

Aircraft renamed ‘Sunliner Commanche’

Converted to 580 standard by Pacific Airmotive Corporation as Conversion # 66 - February 17 to May 6, 1966

Fitted with Allison 501-D13 turboprops

Redelivered to Frontier Airlines - May 30, 1966

Registered to Frontier Leased Incorporation and transferred to Frontier Commuter - July 07, 1983

Leased to Metro Airlines, Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas - October 1983

Returned to Frontier on termination of the lease - 1993

Leased to Combs Freightair, Denver, Colorado - early 1984

Returned to Frontier on termination of the lease - 1984

Sold to Metroflight, Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas - August 30, 1985

Aircraft now named ‘City of Lake Charles’

Sold to SAAB Aircraft Holdings Incorporation - November 30, 1987

Sold to Kelowna Flightcraft Air Charter - June 06, 1989

Entered onto the Canadian Aircraft Register as C-GKFQ - ?

Aircraft was fitted with a rear cargo door - July 1990

Registered to Allcanada Express Ltd - July, 25, 1995

Leased to Air Canada Express - July 25, 1995

Returned to Kelowna Flightcraft with fleet number '505' - July 1996

Leased to Gulf and Caribbean Cargo - November 1999

Cancelled from the Canadian Aircraft Register - October 25, 2007

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-PDW - October 29, 2007

Registered to Pionair Australia Pty Ltd

Arrived Sydney (Bankstown) at the conclusion of the ferry light in standard Pionair livery - November 09, 2007

Ferry route: Kelowna - Oakland - Pontiac - Hilo - Pago Pago - Sydney

Ferried Sydney (Bankstown) - Launceston to operate for Toll Holdings - November 12, 2007

Current with Pionair

 


 

N73136. Frontier - in the stadard livery at Worland Airport, September 1979.

N73136. Frontier Commuter - in the stadard livery at Denver Airport, August 1985.

N73136. American Eagle - in the stadard livery at an unknown airport, circa 1986.

VH-PDW. Pionair Cargo - in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, August 2008.

VH-PDW. Pionair Cargo - in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, August 2008.

VH-PDW. Pionair Cargo - in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, August 2008.

 

VH-PDW. Pionair Cargo - in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, August 2008.