VH-TJK. Douglas DC-9-31. c/n 47008-98.

 

This was the second of three DC-9s ordered by Australian National Airlines Commission for Trans Australia Airlines

The original order placed was for 3 DC-9-20s with 3 options - April 01, 1965

This order was subsequently changed to 3 DC-9-30s with 3 options - April 24, 1965

Contract signed with Douglas at Long Beach - November 10, 1965

Construction complete at Douglas Long Beach plant - March 1967

Powered by two Pratt & Whitney JT8D-7 engines

First flown as VH-TJK at Long Beach - April 09, 1967

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-TJK - April 15, 1967

Registered to Australian National Airlines Commission

Accepted by T.A.A. at the Douglas Long Beach plant - May 01, 1967

Departed Long Beach on the delivery flight to Australia - May 01, 1967

Arrived Melbourne (Essendon) Airport at the conclusion of the delivery flight - May 03, 1967

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

Aircraft was named 'Douglas Mawson'

Operated first revenue service Melbourne (Essendon) - Adelaide - May 06, 1967

Rolled out at Melbourne (Essendon) in the new T.A.A. Trans Australia Airlines livery - March 31, 1969

Operated the last scheduled passenger flight to arrive at Melbourne (Essendon) Airport - June 19, 1971

This service was Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - Melbourne flight as TN457

Operated inaugural Cairns - Alice Springs - Cairns sevice as TN498 / 499 - February 02, 1977

Flight crew: Captains K. J. J. Barr, N. J. Bennett (undergoing endorsement), H. D. Brook

Operated last revenue service - June 29, 1982

Withdrawn from service and taped up at Melbourne (Tullamarine) Airport - July 03, 1982

Returned to service to cover repairs of the T.A.A. Airbus A300 VH-TAD - September 03, 1982

Operated final revenue service - November 01, 1982

Withdrawn from use and stored at Melbourne (Tullamarine) Airport

Aircraft had flown 39,421 hours with 42,508 cycles

Titles were removed from the aircraft and large A.A.S. logo applied - November 30, 1982

Sold to Australian Aircraft Sales for onward sale to Airborne Express

Departed Melbourne at 0400 hours local in basic TAA livery on the ferry flight to the United States - January 05, 1983

Arrived Wilmington at the conclusion of the ferry flight - January 07, 1983

Ferry route: Melbourne - Brisbane - Pago Pago - Hilo - Los Angeles - Wilmington

Sold to Airborne Express - January 08, 1983

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - January 10, 1983

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N908AX - January 1983

Converted to freighter configuration for transportation of small packets

Certificate of Airworthiness issued by the F.A.A. - June 18, 1984

Aircraft badly damaged when struck by taxiing Emery DC-8 N951R at Stewart, N.Y. - August 20, 1987

Entire tail of the aircraft was destroyed but the aircraft was repaired with a replacement DC-9-40 tail

Returned to service following repairs - February 1988

Airborne Express changed its name to ABX Air - 1989

Aircraft hushkitted with Pratt & Whitney JT8D-7B (HK3/ABS)

Observed stored on DHL ramp at Cincinnati Airport - November 17, 2005

Withdrawn from service - November 2007

Sold to DHL Network Operations (USA) Inc - November 14, 2007

Registered to DHL Network Operations (USA) Inc - December 12, 2007

Observed stored at Marana, Arizona in basic ABX livery - March 06, 2008

Sold to Logistic Air - September 04, 2008

Registered to Logistic Air - December 12, 2008

Current with Logistic Air but remains stored at Marana

 

VH-TJK. TAA T-Jet - 'Douglas Mawson' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, May 1967.

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VH-TJK. TAA T-Jet - 'Douglas Mawson' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, May 1968.

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VH-TJK. TAA T-Jet - 'Douglas Mawson' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, August 1968.

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VH-TJK. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Douglas Mawson' in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, March 1977.

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VH-TJK. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Douglas Mawson' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Airport, April 1978.

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VH-TJK. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Douglas Mawson' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Airport, April 1978.

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VH-TJK. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Douglas Mawson' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Airport, May 1979.

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VH-TJK. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Douglas Mawson' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Airport, May 1979.

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VH-TJK. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Douglas Mawson' in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, February 1980.

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VH-TJK. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Douglas Mawson' in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, September 1980.

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VH-TJK. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Douglas Mawson' in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, October 1980.

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VH-TJK. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Douglas Mawson' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, December 1980.

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VH-TJK. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Douglas Mawson' in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, January 1981.

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VH-TJK. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Douglas Mawson' in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, July 1982.

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VH-TJK. TAA - in the basic livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, December 1982.

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VH-TJK. TAA - in the basic livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, December 1982.

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VH-TJK. TAA - in the basic livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, December 1982.

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VH-TJK. TAA - in the basic livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, December 1982.

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VH-TJK. TAA - in the basic livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, January 1983.

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VH-TJK. A.A.S. Australian Aircraft Sales - in the basic TAA livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, January 1983.

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VH-TJK. A.A.S. Australian Aircraft Sales - in the basic TAA livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, January 1983.

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VH-TJK. A.A.S. Australian Aircraft Sales - in the basic TAA livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, January 1983.

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N908AX. Airborne Express - in the standard livery at Miami Airport, June 1984.

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N908AX. Airborne Express - in the standard livery at Atlanta Airport, March 07, 1985.

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N908AX. Airborne Express - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, May 1985.

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N908AX. Airborne Express - in the revised livery at an unknown airport, October 1986.

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