VH-CZA. Douglas DC-9-31. c/n 47003-86.

 

First of six DC-9s ordered new by Ansett - March 24, 1965

First flown - March 02, 1967

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-CZA - March 17, 1967

Registered to Ansett Transport Industries (Operations) Pty Ltd, Melbourne

Accepted by Ansett at Long Beach - March 17, 1967

Utilised within the United States for Ansett pilot training commencing the same day

Departed Long Beach on the delivery flight to Australia - April 22, 1967

Arrived Melbourne (Essendon) Airport on completion of the delivery flight - April 24, 1967

Delivery route: Long Beach - Honolulu - Canton Island - Nadi - Melbourne

Flight crew: Captains M. Wheaton, K. Ashmead; Navigator W. C. Kennedy & Douglas pilot A. Freiburg

Operated first revenue service - April 30, 1967

Operated final revenue service Launceston - Melbourne (Tullamarine) as AN56 (Captain N. Day) - June 17, 1982

Performed a farewell tour carrying special inscription on forward fuselage to mark the type's retirement

Withdrawn from use and placed in open storage at Melbourne (Tullamarine) Airport

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - August 30, 1982

Aircraft had flown 39,190 hours with 42,731 cycles

It was calculated that the DC-9 had flown 14,209,628 nautical miles and had carried some 2,795,804 passengers

Sold to Corsair Inc for lease to the United States Navy - September 17, 1982

Sold to Marfreless Inc for lease to the United States Navy - September 18, 1982

Departed Melbourne (Tullamarine) on the ferry flight to the United States as N3281G - September 27, 1982

Ferry route: Melbourne - Nadi - Pago Pago - Hilo - Phoenix

Flight crew: Captains N. Day, G. Schmidt; F/E B. Berkinshaw

Overhauled to comply with United States Navy requirements by Air International Inc

Test flown then ferried Phoenix, AZ - Millington, TN - September 20, 1982

Leased to the United States Navy as a Douglas C-9B 'RT2390' - September 27, 1982

Later became BuAer 162390 'City of Memphis' and based at Memphis, TN

Sold to McDonnell Douglas Corp - July 20, 1990

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N535MD - July 20, 1990

Sold to Aeronautics Leasing Inc - July 20, 1990

Sold to Airborne Express - July 20, 1990

Reregistered N946AX to ABX Air Inc - August 06, 1990

Registered to ABX Air Inc, Wilmington, Ohio

Registered to DHL Network Operation (USA) Inc - January 02, 2006

Observed stored at Roswell, New Mexico - April 23, 2009

Cancelled from the United States Aircraft Register - December 03, 2009

Sold to Stewart Industries - November 06, 2011

Scrapped at Roswell, New Mexico

 

VH-CZA. Ansett-ANA - in the standard livery at an unknown location, March 1967.

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VH-CZA. Ansett-ANA - in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, May 1967.

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VH-CZA. Ansett-ANA - in the standard livery at Sydney KIngsford Smith , August 1968

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VH-CZA. Ansett-ANA - in the standard livery at Melbourne Essedon Airport, December 1969.

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

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VH-CZA. Ansett Airlines of Australia - in the 'delta' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 10, 1978.

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VH-CZA. Ansett Airlines of Australia - in the 'delta' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 20, 1979.

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VH-CZA. Ansett Airlines of Australia - in the 'delta' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 27, 1979.

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VH-CZA. Ansett Airlines of Australia - in the 'delta' livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, December 1979.

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VH-CZA. Ansett Airlines of Australia - in the 'delta' livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, December 1979.

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VH-CZA. Ansett Airlines of Australia - in the 'delta' livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, January 1980.

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VH-CZA. Ansett Airlines of Australia - in the 'delta' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, April 06, 1980.

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VH-CZA. Ansett Airlines of Australia - in the 'delta' livery with additional 'Official Carrier Commonwealth Games Brisbane 1982' titles at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, October 1980.

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VH-CZA. Ansett Airlines of Australia - in the 'delta' livery with additional 'Official Carrier Commonwealth Games Brisbane 1982' titles at Cairns Airport, November 1981.

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VH-CZA. Ansett Airlines of Australia - in the 'delta' livery with additional 'Official Carrier Commonwealth Games Brisbane 1982' titles at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, December 1981.

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VH-CZA. Ansett Airlines of Australia - in the 'delta' livery with additional 'Official Carrier Commonwealth Games Brisbane 1982' titles at Sydney Kingsfords Smith Airport, January 1982.

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VH-CZA. Ansett Airlines of Australia - in the 'delta' livery with additional 'Official Carrier Commonwealth Games Brisbane 1982' titles at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, February 18, 1982.

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VH-CZA. Ansett Airlines of Australia - in the 'delta' livery with additional 'Farewell Australia' titles at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, July 1982.

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VH-CZA. Ansett Airlines of Australia - in the 'delta' livery with additional 'Farewell Australia' titles at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, July 1982.

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VH-CZA. Ansett Airlines of Australia - in the 'delta' livery with additional 'Farewell Australia' titles at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, July 1982.

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VH-CZA. Ansett Airlines of Australia - in the 'delta' livery with additional 'Farewell Australia' titles at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, July 1982.

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VH-CZA. Ansett Airlines of Australia - in the 'delta' livery with additional 'Farewell Australia' titles at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, July 1982.

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