VH-PDX. Convair 580. c/n 126.

 

Ordered by National Airlines Inc, Miami, Florida

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

Construction completed as Convair 340-57 - October 19, 1953

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

Delivered to National Airlines - November 04, 1953

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N8416H - ?

Sold to Lockheed Aircraft Corporation - January 12, 1960

Sold to Allegheny Airlines, Washington D.C.

Upgraded to Convair 440 status

Reregistered N5816 - October 25, 1960

Converted to Convair 580 standard by Pacific Airmotive as Conversion #78 - August 03 to October 25, 1966

Fitted with Allison 501-D13 turboprop engines

Stored Marana - June 1974 to June 1975

Sold to Great Western Airlines,Tulsa - September 13, 1978

Sold to Franklin Holdings Corporation, Penn Yan, New York - December 27, 1982

Leased to Lincoln Airlines, Lincoln ME, but operating for Purolator Courier - September, 1983

Sub-leased to CF Airfreight as the registered operator, Indianapolis, Indiana - July 1987

Returned to Lincoln Airlines at the end of the sub-lease - October 1988

Sold to Canair Cargo Ltd, Hamilton, Ontario - August 28, 1990

Entered onto Canadian Aircraft Register as C-FIWN - ?

Sold to Kelowna Flightcraft Air Charter with fleet number '518' - March 03, 1999

Leased to Platinum Airlines - November 1999

Returned to Kelowna Flightcraft

Leased to Caribbean Atlantic Airlines Inc (Caribair), San Juan, Puerto Rico - June 17, 2000

Returned to Kelowna Flightcraft on termination of the lease - ?

Operated by Kelowna Flighcraft in all white livery

Cancelled from the Canadian Aircraft Register - January 09, 2008

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-PDX - January 14, 2008

Registered to Pionair Australia Pty Ltd

Arrived Sydney (Bankstown)on completion of the ferry flight in Pionair livery - February 06, 2008

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

Operated for Alliance Airways on Australian Defence Force Charter as QQ600 - March 06, 2008

Route: Sydney (Bankstown) - Townsville - Sydney (Bankstown)

Operated by Pionair on behalf of Toll Holdings

Current

 

N5816. Allegheny - in the standard livery at Marana Airport, November 1978.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1030-088.)

N5816. Lincoln Airlines - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, May 1985.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1029-166.)

N5816. CF Air Freight - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, July 1987.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1029-167.)

VH-PDX. Pionair Cargo - in the standard livery at Adelaide Airport, June 26, 2010.

(R. Brown Copyright Image 1029-240.)

VH-PDX. Pionair Cargo - in the standard livery at Adelaide Airport, January 29, 2011.

(R. Brown Copyright Image 1029-241.)