VH-CZE. Douglas DC-9-31. c/n 47202-400.

 

This was the fifth of the six original DC-9s ordered new by Ansett - March 24, 1965

First flown - October 19, 1968

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-CZE - October 31, 1968

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

Accepted by Ansett at Long Beach - November 02, 1968

Departed Long Beach on the delivery flight to Australia - November 02, 1968

Arrived Melbourne (Essendon) Airport on completion of the delivery flight - November 04, 1968

Delivery route: Long Beach - Honolulu - Pago Pago - Tontouta - Melbourne

Flight crew: Captains M. Wheaton, R. Pyke, A. James; Navigator W. C. Kennedy

Operated first revenue service - November 07, 1968

Operated final revenue service Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - Melbourne (Tullamarine) as AN33 - July 15, 1981

Placed in open storage at Melbourne (Tullamarine) Airport having flown 32,802 hours

Sold to Midway Airlines Inc, U.S.A.

Departed Melbourne on the ferry flight to the United States - July 25, 1981

Ferry route: Melbourne - Nadi - Pago Pago - Hilo - Seattle - Amarillo - St Petersburg (Clearwater)

Flight crew: Captains F. Boomsma, E. Walters; F/E E. Kelly

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N931ML - July 1981

Aircraft was named 'City of Detroit'

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - October 05, 1981

Sold to NSJ Corp with lease continuing to Midway Airlines - January 24, 1990

Returned to NSJ Corporation - September 12, 1991

Leased to Express One International Inc - September 26, 1991 to June 1995

Leased to Valujet Airlines Inc, Atlanta, Georgia - August 1995

Sold to Valujet Airlines - November 17, 1995

Reregistered as N965VV - August 1996

Leased to Spirit Airlines Inc, Detroit, MI - April 16, 1997

Reregistered as N132NK - August 1997

Withdrawn from service and placed in storage at Mojave - 1998 to December 09, 1999

Sold to Aeroturbine, Inc, Miami, FL - December 29, 1999

Flown to Opa Locka, Florida - December 1999

Observed at Opa-Locka minus most parts - July 08, 2000

Cancelled from the United States Aircraft Register - May 17, 2006

Completely broken up at Opa Locka - October 2010

 

VH-CZE. Ansett-ANA - in the standard livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, January 1970.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1135-130.)

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

(G. Bennett Collection Copyright Image 1135-508.)

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

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 1135-167.)

VH-CZE. Ansett Airlines of Australia - in the 'delta' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, July 1978.

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VH-CZE. Ansett Airlines of Australia - in the 'delta' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, May 1979.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 1135-102.)

VH-CZE. Ansett Airlines of Australia - in the 'delta' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, September 1979.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 1135-168.)

VH-CZE. Ansett Airlines of Australia - in the 'delta' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, August 1980.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 1135-169.)

VH-CZE. Ansett Airlines of Australia - in the 'delta' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, August 1980.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 1135-170.)

VH-CZE. Ansett Airlines of Australia - in the 'delta' livery with additional 'Official Carrier Commonwealth Games Brisbane 1982' titles at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, July 1981.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1135-103.)