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
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.)