VH-TJN. Douglas DC-9-31. c/n 47203-401.

 

Second of three optioned DC-9s ordered by Australian National Airlines Commission for T.A.A.

The original order was placed 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 the Douglas Long Beach plant - October 1968

Powered by two Pratt & Whitney JT8D-7 engines

First flown as VH-TJN at Long Beach - October 23, 1968

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

Registered to Australian National Airlines Commission, Melbourne

Accepted by T.A.A. at Long Beach - October 31, 1968

Departed Long Beach on the delivery flight to Australia - November 01, 1968

Arrived Melbourne (Essendon) Airport on completion of the delivery flight - November 03, 1968

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

Aircraft was named 'Paul Strezlecki'

Operated first revenue service - November 07, 1968

Rolled out in new TAA Trans Australia Airlines livery at Melbourne (Essendon) Airport - May 1971

Operated last schedule passenger service to depart Melbourne (Essendon) Airport - June 19, 1971

This was the Melbourne - Adelaide service as TN514

Operated inaugural Darwin - Port Headland DC-9 sevice as TN301 - November 17, 1977

Flight crew: Captains K. J. J. Barr, K. J. Purnell

Operated final revenue service Hobart - Melbourne (Tullamarine) as TN500 - May 31, 1982

Withdrawn from use and prepared for sale

Aircraft had flown 35,577 hours with 38,911 cycles

Trans Australia titles and logo removed from the aircraft - June 09, 1982

Departed Melbourne (04:00 local) in the basic T.A.A. livery on the ferry flight to the United States - June 16, 1982

Arrived Wilmington, Delaware at the conclusion of the ferry flight - June 19, 1982

Sold to Airborne Express - June 19, 1982

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - July 09, 1982

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N907AX - July 1982

Registered to Airborne Express (U.S.A.)

Converted to small parcel freighter configuration

Operated first revenue service with Airborne Express - August 02, 1982

Airborne Express renamed ABX Air - 1988

Aircraft hushkitted with Pratt & Whitney JT8D-7B engines

Sold to D.H.L. Network Operations (U.S.A.) Incorp, Plantation, Florida - December 22, 2008

Registered to D.H.L. Network Operations (U.S.A.) Incorp - January 02, 2009

Registered to Stewart Industries LLC - August 07, 2009

Ferried to Roswell, New Mexico for storage - ?

Cancelled from the United States Aircraft Register - August 28, 2009

Observed at Roswell - September 23, 2009

Scrapped at Roswell, New Mexico - ?

 

VH-TJN. TAA T-Jet - 'Paul Strezlecki' in the standard livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, August 1969.

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VH-TJN. TAA T-Jet - 'Paul Strezlecki' in the standard livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, January 1971.

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VH-TJN. TAA T-Jet - 'Paul Strezlecki' in the standard livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, April 1971.

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VH-TJN. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Paul Strezlecki' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, May 1978.

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VH-TJN. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Paul Strezlecki' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1979.

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VH-TJN. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Paul Strezlecki' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1980.

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VH-TJN. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Paul Strezlecki' in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, January 1980.

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VH-TJN. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Paul Strezlecki' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, May 1980.

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VH-TJN. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Paul Strezlecki' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, May 1980.

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VH-TJN. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Paul Strezlecki' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, May 1980.

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VH-TJN. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Paul Strezlecki' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, May 1980.

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VH-TJN. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Paul Strezlecki' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, May 1980.

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VH-TJN. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Paul Strezlecki' in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, May 1980.

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VH-TJN. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Paul Strezlecki' in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, May 1982.

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VH-TJN. TAA - in the basic livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, June 1982.

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N907AX. Airborne Express - in the original livery at an unknown airport, December 1982.

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N907AX. Airborne Express - in the original livery at an unknown airport, April 1983.

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N907AX. Airborne Express - in the revised livery at Atlanta Airport, June 1986.

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