VH-TJU. Douglas DC-9-31. c/n 47552-640.

 

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

Construction complete at Douglas Long Beach plant - August 1971

Powered by Pratt & Whitney JT8D-7 engines

First flown as VH-TJU at Long Beach - August 1971

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-TJU - October 14, 1971

Registered to Australian National Airlines Commission, Melbourne

Accepted by T.A.A. at Long Beach - October 14, 1971

Departed Long Beach on the delivery flight to Australia - October 15, 1971

Arrived Melbourne (Tullamarine) Airport on completion of the delivery flight - October 17, 1971

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

Aircraft was named 'John Roe' during pre-service lay-up

Operated first revenue service Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Canberra as TN410 - October 26, 1971

Operated last service in the original livery - August 02, 1981

Rolled out at Melbourne in new Trans Australia 'camel-hump' livery - August 29, 1981

Delayed being returned to service as a strike resulted in the delivery of the new cabin seating being held up

Returned to service - October 31, 1981

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

Registered to Australian Airlines Ltd - July 11, 1988

Operated 'last' revenue service Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Hobart as TN407 - August 23, 1989

Withdrawn from use and stored at Hobart due to nationwide pilot's strike - August 23, 1989

Ferried Hobart - Melbourne (Tullamarine) - November 02, 1989

Returned to service on Queensland coastal routes - November 02, 1989

It was the only DC-9 to have returned to service during the pilot's dispute

Operated final revenue service Brisbane - Melbourne (Tullamarine) as TN479 - November 17, 1989

This was the last DC-9 series 30 passenger service operated in Australia by either Ansett or T.A.A.

Aircraft had flown 44,729 hours with 48,186 cycles

Trans Australia titles and logo removed from the aircraft - November 20, 1989

Sold to Australian Aircraft Sales (A.A.S.) and A.A.S. logo applied - November 20, 1989

Sold to Airborne Express - November 28, 1989

Departed Melbourne at 08:12 local on the ferry flight to the United States as TN1398 - November 28, 1989

Arrived Wilmington on completion of the ferry flight - November 30, 1989

Ferry route: Melbourne - Nadi - Pago Pago - Hilo - Long Beach

Sold to Wilmington Trust Company, Wilmington, Delaware - November 30, 1989

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - December 01, 1989

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N942AX - December 01, 1989

Registered to Wilmington Trust Company, Wilmington, Delaware

Leased to ABX Air Inc as the registered operator

Converted to freighter configuration to carry small parcels only

Aircraft hushkitted with Pratt & Whitney JT8D-7B engines

Certificate of Airworthiness issued by F.A.A. - February 23, 1990

Operated first ABX revenue service - February 26, 1990

Observed at Portland in service with ABX Air - July 09, 2005

Observed stored at Cincinnati Airport - July 26, 2006

Withdrawn from service - November 2006

Still registered as N942AX on the United States Aircraft Register - May 13, 2009

Scrapped at Peru, Indiana - ?

Cancelled from the United States Aircraft Register - September 26, 2013

 

VH-TJU. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'John Roe' in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, July 1977.

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VH-TJU. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'John Roe' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1979.

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VH-TJU. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'John Roe' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1979.

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VH-TJU. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'John Roe' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1979.

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VH-TJU. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'John Roe' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, June 1979.

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VH-TJU. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'John Roe' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1980.

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VH-TJU. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'John Roe' in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, April 1980.

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VH-TJU. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'John Roe' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1981.

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VH-TJU. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'John Roe' in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, June 1981.

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VH-TJU. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'John Roe' in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, July 1981.

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VH-TJU. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'John Roe' in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, August 1981.

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VH-TJU. TAA Trans Australia - 'John Roe' in the standard 'camel hump' livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, October 1981.

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VH-TJU. TAA Trans Australia - 'John Roe' in the standard 'camel hump' livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, June 1982.

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VH-TJU. TAA Trans Australia - 'John Roe' in the standard 'camel hump' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1983.

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VH-TJU. TAA Trans Australia - 'John Roe' in the standard 'camel hump' livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, June 1984.

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VH-TJU. TAA Trans Australia - 'John Roe' in the standard 'camel hump' livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, July 1985.

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VH-TJU. TAA Trans Australia - 'John Roe' in the standard 'camel hump' livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, October 1985.

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VH-TJU. TAA Trans Australia - 'John Roe' in the standard 'camel hump' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, April 1987.

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

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

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

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

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N942AX. AAS Australian Aircraft Sales - in the basic Trans Australia 'camel hump' livery at Wilmington Airport, December 1989.

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N942AX. AAS Australian Aircraft Sales - in the basic Trans Australia 'camel hump' livery at Wilmington Airport, January 1990.

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