VH-CZH. Douglas DC-9-31. c/n 47526-603.

 

Second of three additional airframes ordered new by Ansett Airlines - 1968

First flown at Long Beach as VH-CZH - August 1970

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-CZH - August 27, 1970

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

Accepted by Ansett at Long Beach - August 28, 1970

Departed Long Beach on the delivery flight to Australia - August 28, 1970

Arrived Melbourne (Essendon) Airport on completion of the delivery flight - August 31, 1970

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

Flight crew: Captains R. Pyke, J. E. Elliott; F/O D. Ferguson; Navigator B. S. McEwen

Operated first revenue service Melbourne (Essendon) - Launceston - September 02, 1970

Operated final revenue service Hobart - Melbourne (Tullamarine) as AN24 - November 29, 1981

Placed in open storage at Melbourne (Tullamarine) Airport

Aircraft had flown 28,506 hours

Departed Melbourne (Tullamarine) on the ferry flight to the United States - January 11, 1982

Arrived at Clearwater on completion of the ferry flight - January 15, 1982

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

Flight crew: Captains R. Neve, D. James, E. Walters; Engineers L. Hess, J. Sumner

Sold to Midway Airlines Inc

Overhauled by Air International Inc and converted to U. S. standards

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N934ML - March 02, 1982

Registered to Midway Airlines Inc

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - April 19, 1982

Aircraft was named 'City of Cleveland'

Sold to Investors Asset Holding Corp - October 31, 1988

Leased to Midway Airlines as the registered operator

Returned to Investors Assest Holding on termination of the lease - November 14, 1991

Ferried to Tucson for storage - November 1991

Sold to Capital Equipment Financing - January 11, 1992

Leased to Spirit Airlines Inc - April 29, 1992

Sold to Avteam Inc - February 20, 1998

Sold to Spirit Airlines - June 30, 1998

Sold to Financ. Aereos Internacionales S.A. - July 2001

Leased to Aerorepublica SA, Colombia - July 2001

Cancelled from the United States Aircraft Register - August 01, 2001

Entered onto the Colombian Aircraft Register as HK-4230X - August 01, 2001

Aircraft was damaged beyond repair during take-off mishap at Bogota Airport - December 04, 2002

The aircraft was over rotated causing the tail the scrape along the runway

The flight continued to Barranquila with a damaged tail before being ferried back to Bogota

Inspection deemed that the aircraft was uneconomic to repair and it was scrapped at Bogota

Aircraft was repossessed by the leasing company - October 2004

Observed at Bogota with many parts missing - February 11, 2005

Observed being scrapped at Bogota - April 06, 2005

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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N934ML. Midway - 'City of Cleveland' in the original livery at an unknown airport, May 1983.

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N934ML. Midway - 'City of Cleveland' in the revised livery at an unknown airport, July 1987.

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N934ML. Midway - in the final livery at an unknown airport, August 1989.

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N934ML. Spirit - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, July 1992.

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N934ML. Spirit - in the revised livery with additional 'Gore-Lieberman 2000' titles at an unknown airport, November 2000.

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