VH-TJL. Douglas DC-9-31. c/n 47009-152.

 

This was the last 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 - June 28, 1967

Powered by two Pratt & Whitney JT8D-7 engines

First flown as VH-TJL at Long Beach - August 10, 1967

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-TJL - August 19, 1967

Registered to Australian National Airlines Commission, Melbourne

Accepted by T.A.A. at Long Beach - August 20, 1967

Departed Long Beach on the delivery flight to Australia - August 25, 1967

Arrived Melbourne (Essendon) Airport on completion of the delivery flight - August 27, 1967

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

Aircraft was named 'Angus McMillan'

Operated first revenue service - September 01, 1967

Aircraft was rolled out at Melbourne (Tullamarine) in the special 'Coral Islander' livery - August 24, 1979

Returned to service in 'Coral Islander' livery - August 27, 1979

Operated final service in Coral Islander livery - March 13, 1982

Rolled out at Melbourne (Tullamarine) in the new Trans Australia 'camel-hump' livery - April 24, 1982

Featured in air-to-air publicity photo shoot in new livery taken from Learjet N664CL - June 17, 1982

Transferred to Australian Airlines after the airline changed its name - August 04, 1986

Operated final revenue service Launceston - Melbourne (Tullamarine) as TN2942 - September 29, 1986

Aircraft had flown 48,893 hours with 52,650 cycles

Sold to Australian Aircraft Sales (A.A.S.) - October 02, 1986

Trans Australia titles and logo removed from the aircraft - October 02, 1986

A.A.S. logo applied to aircraft at Melbourne (Tullamarine) Airport - October 03, 1986

Sold to Airborne Express (U.S.A.) - October 03, 1986

Departed Melbourne (Tullamarine) in the basic TAA livery on the ferry flight to the United States - October 07, 1986

Ferry route: Melbourne - Brisbane - Pago Pago - Hilo - Long Beach - Marana

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - October 13, 1986

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N938AX - October 15, 1986

Registered to Airborne Express

Converted to freighter configuration

Certificate of Airworthiness issued by the F.A.A. - January 06, 1987

Operated first revenue service - January 08, 1987

Airborne Express was renamed ABX Air - 1988

Aircraft hushkitted with Pratt & Whitney JT8D-7B engines

Observed stored on the D.H.L. ramp at Cincinnati Airport - November 17, 2003

Observed in service with ABX Air at Albany - June 04, 2005

Observed stored on the D.H.L. ramp at Cincinnati Airport - November 17, 2005

Withdrawn from service at Peru (Grissom Air Force Base) Indiana and stored - November 2006

Cancelled from the United States Aircraft Register - June 18, 2007

Scrapped on site - 2007

 

VH-TJL. TAA T-Jet - 'Angus McMillan' in the original livery at Canberra Airport, date unknown.

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VH-TJL. TAA T-Jet - 'Angus McMillan' in the original livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, date unknown.

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VH-TJL. TAA T-Jet - 'Angus McMillan' in the original livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, February 1970.

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VH-TJL. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Angus McMillan' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1978.

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VH-TJL. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Angus McMillan' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, June 1978.

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VH-TJL. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Angus McMillan' in the standard livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, July 1978.

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VH-TJL. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Angus McMillan' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, May 1979.

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VH-TJL. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Angus McMillan' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, May 1979.

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VH-TJL. TAA Coral Islander - 'Angus McMillan' in the promotional livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, September 1979.

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VH-TJL. TAA Coral Islander - 'Angus McMillan' in the promotional livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, September 1979.

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VH-TJL. TAA Coral Islander - 'Angus McMillan' in the promotional livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, January 1980.

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VH-TJL. TAA Coral Islander - 'Angus McMillan' in the promotional livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1980.

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VH-TJL. TAA Coral Islander - 'Angus McMillan' in the promotional livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1980.

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VH-TJL. TAA Coral Islander - 'Angus McMillan' in the promotional livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1980.

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VH-TJL. TAA Coral Islander - 'Angus McMillan' in the promotional livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, January 1980.

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VH-TJL. TAA Coral Islander - 'Angus McMillan' in the promotional livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, January 1980.

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VH-TJL. TAA Coral Islander - 'Angus McMillan' in the promotional livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, January 1980.

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VH-TJL. TAA Coral Islander - 'Angus McMillan' in the promotional livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, January 1980.

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VH-TJL. TAA Coral Islander - 'Angus McMillan' in the promotional livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, April 1980.

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VH-TJL. TAA Coral Islander - 'Angus McMillan' in the promotional livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, April 1980.

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VH-TJL. TAA Coral Islander - 'Angus McMillan' in the promotional livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1981.

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VH-TJL. TAA Coral Islander - 'Angus McMillan' in the promotional livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1981.

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VH-TJL. TAA Coral Islander - 'Angus McMillan' in the promotional livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1981.

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VH-TJL. TAA Coral Islander - 'Angus McMillan' in the promotional livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, February 1981.

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VH-TJL. TAA Coral Islander - 'Angus McMillan' in the promotional livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, March 1981.

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VH-TJL. TAA Coral Islander - 'Angus McMillan' in the promotional livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, August 1981.

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VH-TJL. TAA Trans Australia - 'Angus McMillan' in the 'camel hump' livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, August 1982.

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VH-TJL. TAA Trans Australia - 'Angus McMillan' in the 'camel hump' livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, January 1985.

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VH-TJL. TAA Trans Australia - 'Angus McMillan' in the 'camel hump' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1985.

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VH-TJL. TAA Trans Australia - 'Angus McMillan' in the 'camel hump' livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, March 1985.

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VH-TJL. TAA Trans Australia - 'Angus McMillan' in the 'camel hump' livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, August 1986.

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VH-TJL. TAA Trans Australia - 'Angus McMillan' in the 'camel hump' livery with additional 'Americas Cup' logo at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, August 1986.

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VH-TJL. TAA Trans Australia - 'Angus McMillan' in the 'camel hump' livery with additional 'America's Cup' logo at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, September 1986.

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VH-TJL. AAS Australian Aircraft Sales - in the basic Trans Australia 'camel hump' livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, October 1986.

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VH-TJL. AAS Australian Aircraft Sales - in the basic Trans Australia 'camel hump' livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, October 1986.

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N938AX. Airborne Express - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, May 1987.

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