VH-TJS. Douglas DC-9-31. c/n 47550-623.

 

First of 3 new additional aircraft ordered by the Australian National Airlines Commission for T.A.A. - 1969

Construction complete at Douglas Long Beach plant - February 1971

Powered by two Pratt & Whitney JT8D-7 engines

First flown as VH-TJS at Long Beach - March 02, 1971

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-TJS - April 01, 1971

Registered to Australian National Airlines Commission, Melbourne

Accepted by T.A.A. at Long Beach - April 01, 1971

Departed Long Beach on the delivery flight to Australia - April 01, 1971

Arrived Melbourne (Essendon) Airport on completion of the delivery flight - April 03, 1971

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

Flight crew: Captains Maloney, Eisenhauer

Aircraft was named 'Peter Warburton' during the pre-service lay-up

Operated first revenue service Melbourne - Sydney (Kingsford Smith) as TN1948 - April 08, 1971

Operated first Cairns - Port Moresby - Honiara return service - May 02, 1972

Operated last service in 'old' livery - November 22, 1980

Rolled out in the new Trans Australia 'camel-hump' livery at Melbourne (Tullamarine) - December 08, 1980

This was the first Trans Australia Airlines Douglas DC-9 to be repainted into the new livery

Operated first revenue service in the new livery - December 13, 1980

Aircraft renamed 'Douglas Mawson' - December 31, 1981

It was renamed for a special charter flight to commemorate Douglas Mawson but it kept this name until the end

Trans Australia Airlines was renamed Australian Airlines - August 04, 1986

Registered to Australian Airlines Ltd - July 11, 1988

Operated 'last' service Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Adelaide - Melbourne (Tullamarine) as TN024 / TN027 - April 24, 1989

Withdrawn from use and stored at Melbourne (Tullamarine) Airport

Returned to service - ?

Operated final revenue service Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - Melbourne (Tullamarine) as TN511 - August 23, 1989

The aircraft had flown 46,894 hours with 50,804 cycles

Sold to Australian Aircraft Sales (A.A.S.) - August 30, 1989

The titles and logo were removed from the aircraft and A.A.S. logo was applied - August 30, 1989

Departed Melbourne at 09:55 local in basic TAA livery on the ferry flight to the United States - September 21, 1989

Arrived Wilmington on completion of the ferry flight - September 23, 1989

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

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - September 25, 1989

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N944AX - September 1989

Registered to ABX Air Inc

Converted to freighter configuration to carry small parcels only

Aircraft hushkitted with Pratt & Whitney JT8D-7B engines

Operated first ABX revenue service - December 27, 1989

Sold to Wilmington Trust Company, Wilmington, Delaware - January 1990

Registered to Wilmington Trust Company, Wilmington, Delaware

Leased to ABX Air Inc asthe registered operator

Sold to ABX Air Inc - June 29, 1999

Registered to ABX Air Inc - July 28, 1999

Observed stored at Wilmington - March 15, 2010

Transferred to DHL Operations (USA) Inc - May 20, 2010

Sold to MAP Asset Preservation LLC - November 10, 2011

Cancelled from the United States Aircraft Register - August 19, 2013

Aircraft was scrapped at Wilmington (Clinton Field)

 

VH-TJS. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Peter Warburton' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1978.

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VH-TJS. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Peter Warburton' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, April 1978.

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VH-TJS. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Peter Warburton' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1979.

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VH-TJS. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Peter Warburton' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1980.

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VH-TJS. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Peter Warburton' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, May 1980.

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VH-TJS. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Peter Warburton' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, May 1980.

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VH-TJS. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Peter Warburton' in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, June 1980.

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VH-TJS. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Peter Warburton' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, September 1980.

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VH-TJS. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Peter Warburton' in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, November 1980.

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VH-TJS. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Peter Warburton' in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, December 1980.

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VH-TJS. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Peter Warburton' in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, November 1980.

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VH-TJS. TAA Trans Australia - 'Peter Warburton' in the standard 'camel hump' livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, December 08, 1980.

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VH-TJS. TAA Trans Australia - 'Peter Warburton' in the standard 'camel hump' livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, December 08, 1980.

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VH-TJS. TAA Trans Australia - 'Peter Warburton' in the standard 'camel hump' livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, December 1980.

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VH-TJS. TAA Trans Australia - 'Peter Warburton' in the standard 'camel hump' livery at Brisbane Airport, January 1981.

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VH-TJS. TAA Trans Australia - 'Douglas Mawson' in the standard 'camel hump' livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, February 1981.

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VH-TJS. TAA Trans Australia - 'Douglas Mawson' in the standard 'camel hump' livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, September 1985.

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VH-TJS. TAA Trans Australia - 'Douglas Mawson' in the standard 'camel hump' livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, June 1986.

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VH-TJS. TAA Trans Australia - 'Douglas Mawson' in the standard 'camel hump' livery with additional 'America's Cup' logo at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, January 1987.

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VH-TJS. TAA Trans Australia - 'Douglas Mawson' in the standard 'camel hump' livery with additional 'America's Cup' logo at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, January 1987.

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VH-TJS. TAA Trans Australia - 'Douglas Mawson' in the standard 'camel hump' livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, August 1989.

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VH-TJS. AAS Australian Aircraft Sales - in the basic Trans Australia 'camel hump' livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, September 1989.

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N944AX. Airborne Express - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, September 1991.

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