VH-ECD. Lockheed 188C Electra. c/n 2008.

 

This aircraft was the last of four Electras ordered new by Qantas Empire Airways - April 01, 1958

The order was officially announced - May 23, 1958

First flown - November 25, 1959

Powered by Allison 501-D13 turboprop engines

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-ECD - December 03, 1959

Registered to Qantas Empire Airways Ltd, Sydney

Departed Burbank on the delivery flight to Australia - December 04, 1959

Arrived Sydney (Kingsford Smith) on completion of the delivery flight (Captain C. G. Fox) - December 06, 1959

Delivery route: Burbank - San Francisco - Honolulu - Canton Island - Sydney

The aircraft was named 'Pacific Enterprise'

Leased to Trans Australia Airlines in the basic Qantas livery for six months - March 02, 1960

Whilst in TAA service the aircraft was named 'Charles Sturt'

Operated first TAA revenue service Melbourne (Essendon) - Sydney (Kingsford Smith) as TN402 - March 08, 1960

Operated last TAA revenue service Melbourne (Essendon) - Sydney (Kingsford Smith) as TN402 - September 09, 1960

Returned to Qantas and renamed 'Pacific Enterprise'

Departed Sydney (Kingsford Smith) for Burbank for wing and engine mount modification - February 10, 1961

Ferry route: Sydney - Nadi - Canton Island - Honolulu - Burbank

Entered the Lockheed (LEAP) Program as 'LEAP #85 QEA-4' - February 16, 1961

The LEAP modifications were completed - March 14, 1961

Operated first Qantas Electra service to Johannesburg replacing the Constellations - April 27, 1963

Operated final Qantas service into Melbourne (Essendon) Airport - March 27, 1970

Operated the final Qantas Electra service Sydney - Wellington - Sydney as QF322/327 - March 29, 1970

The aircraft had flown 24,953 hours

It was officially leased to Air New Zealand - April 01, 1970

Overhauled and repainted into a modified Air New Zealand livery at Sydney (Kingsford Smith) Airport

Departed Sydney (Kingsford Smith) on delivery to Air New Zealand - April 30, 1970

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - April 30, 1970

Entered onto the New Zealand Aircraft Register as ZK-TED - May 01, 1970

Operated final revenue service Brisbane - Wellington as TE332 - August 30, 1970

Ferried Wellington - Auckland for storage - August 30, 1970

Sold to Nomads Inc - April 21, 1971

Cancelled from the New Zealand Aircraft Register - April 21, 1971

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N863E - April 21, 1971

Departed Auckland on the ferry flight to the United States - April 23, 1971

Sold to Mandala Airlines, Indonesia - October 1981

Entered onto the Indonesian Aircraft Register as PK-RLG - October 1981

The aircraft was named 'Jaya Perkasa'

Destroyed in crash landing at Medan, Indonesia - November 30, 1985

This was the result of the aircraft losing its right wheels over Padang, Indonesia

During the crash landing all 4 props disintegrated causing the aircraft to catch fire

Crew and 45 passengers escaped injury but the aircraft was written off

Cancelled from Indonesian Aircraft Register - December 02, 1985

 

VH-ECD. TAA The Nation's Jetline - 'Charles Sturt' in the hybrid 'dayglow' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, June 1960.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1808-045.)

VH-ECD. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - 'Pacific Enterprise' in the standard livery with additional '40th Anniversary' tail logo at Hong Kong Kai Tak Airport, circa 1961.

(Qantas Heritage Collection Copyright Image 1808-875.)

VH-ECD. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - 'Pacific Enterprise' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, April 27, 1963.

This was the inaugural Sydney - South African service.

(Qantas Heritage Collection Copyright Image 1808-862.)

VH-ECD. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - 'Pacific Enterprise' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, April 27, 1963.

This was the inaugural Sydney - South African service.

(Qantas Heritage Collection Copyright Image 1808-872.)

VH-ECD. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - 'Pacific Enterprise' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, April 27, 1963.

This was the inaugural Sydney - South African service.

(Qantas Heritage Collection Copyright Image 1808-923.)

VH-ECD. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - 'Pacific Enterprise' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, April 27, 1963.

(Qantas Heritage Collection Copyright Image 1808-925.)

VH-ECD. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - 'Pacific Enterprise' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, April 27, 1963.

(Qantas Heritage Collection Copyright Image 1808-874.)

VH-ECD. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - 'Pacific Enterprise' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, circa 1963.

(Qantas Heritage Collection Copyright Image 1808-873.)

'VH-ECD'. Qantas - inside the Electra simulator at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, circa 1965.

(Qantas Heritage Collection Copyright Image 1808-975.)

'VH-ECD'. Qantas - inside the Electra simulator at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, circa 1965.

(Qantas Heritage Collection Copyright Image 1808-976.)

'VH-ECD'. Qantas - inside the Electra simulator at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, circa 1965.

(Qantas Heritage Collection Copyright Image 1808-977.)

VH-ECD. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - 'Pacific Enterprise' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, June 1966.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 1808-551.)

VH-ECD. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - 'Pacific Enterprise' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, date unknown.

In the background is the Boeing 707-138B VH-EBB 'City of Sydney'.

(Qantas Heritage Collection Copyright Image 1808-864.)

VH-ECD. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - 'Pacific Enterprise' in the standard livery at Sydney RAAF Base Richmond, July 24, 1967.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1808-040.)

VH-ECD. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - 'Pacific Enterprise' in the standard livery at Sydney RAAF Base Richmond, July 24, 1967.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1808-041.)

VH-ECD. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - 'Pacific Enterprise' in the standard livery at Sydney RAAF Base Richmond, August 1967.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 1808-039.)

VH-ECD. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - 'Pacific Enterprise' in the standard livery at Sydney RAAF Base Richmond, August 1967.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 1808-043.)

VH-ECD. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - 'Pacific Enterprise' in the standard livery at an unknown airport, date unknown.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1808-903.)

VH-ECD. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - 'Pacific Enterprise' in the standard livery at an unknown airport, date unknown.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1808-974.)

VH-ECD. Qantas Australia - 'Pacific Enterprise' in the final livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, May 16, 1969.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 1808-552.)

VH-ECD. Qantas Australia - 'Pacific Enterprise' in the final livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, May 1969.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1808-047.)

VH-ECD. Qantas Australia - 'Pacific Enterprise' in the final livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 20, 1970.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 1808-876.)

VH-ECD. Qantas Australia - 'Pacific Enterprise' in the final livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, March 10, 1970.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1808-698.)

VH-ECD. Air New Zealand - in the modified livery with additional 'Qantas' titles at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, April 29, 1970.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 1808-935.)

VH-ECD. Air New Zealand - in the modified livery with additional 'Qantas' titles at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, April 29, 1970.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 1808-936.)

VH-ECD. Air New Zealand - in the modified livery with additional 'Qantas' titles at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, April 29, 1970.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 1808-938.)

ZK-TED. Air New Zealand - in the modified livery with additional 'Qantas' titles at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, April 29, 1970.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 1808-939.)

ZK-TED. Air New Zealand - in the modified livery with additional 'Qantas' titles at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, April 29, 1970.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 1808-940.)

N836E. Nomads - in the basic Air New Zealand livery at an unknown airport, July 1971.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1808-049.)

N836E. Nomads - in the basic Air New Zealand livery at an unknown airport, May 1972.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1808-050.)

N836E. Nomads - in the basic Air New Zealand livery at an unknown airport, May 1972.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1808-048.)

N836E. Nomads - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, date unknown.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1808-056.)

N836E. Nomads - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, October 1973.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1808-051.)

N836E. Nomads - in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsgford Smith Airport, September 18, 1975.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 1808-055.)

N836E. Nomads - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, date unknown.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1808-802.)

PK-RLG. Mandala Airlines - 'Jaya Perkasa' in the standard livery at Jakarta Halim Airport, June 1982.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1808-053.)