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


 

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) at the conclusion of the delivery flight (Captain C. G. Fox) - December 06, 1959

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

Aircraft 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 as TN402 - March 08, 1960

Operated last TAA revenue service Melbourne (Essendon) - Sydney 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

LEAP modification completed - March 14, 1961

Operated first Qantas Electra service to Johannesburg replacing 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

Aircraft had flown 24,953 hours

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 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

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 - in a hybrid 'dayglow' livery at Sydney Airport, June 1960.

VH-ECD. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - with '40th Anniversary' logo at Hong Kong, 1961.

VH-ECD. Qantas - the inaugural Sydney - South African service at Sydney Airport, April 27, 1963.

VH-ECD. Qantas - the inaugural Sydney - South African service at Sydney Airport, April 27, 1963.

VH-ECD. Qantas - the inaugural Sydney - South African service at Sydney Airport, April 27, 1963.

VH-ECD. Qantas - the inaugural Sydney - South African service at Sydney Airport, April 27, 1963.

VH-ECD. Qantas - the inaugural Sydney - South African service at Sydney Airport, April 27, 1963.

VH-ECD. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - in the standard livery at Melbourne Airport, circa 1963.

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

 

VH-ECD & VH-EBB. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - at Sydney Airport, date unknown.

 

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

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

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

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

 

VH-ECD. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - in the standard livery, location and date unknown.

VH-ECD. Qantas - in the final livery at Sydney Airport, May 1969.

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

VH-ECD. Qantas Australia - in the final livery at Sydney Airport, January 1970.
 

VH-ECD. Qantas Australia - in the final livery at Sydney Airport, March 1970.

 

 

VH-ECD. Air New Zealand Qantas - in the modified ANZ livery at Sydney Airport, April 1970.

VH-ECD. Air New Zealand Qantas - in the modified ANZ livery at Sydney Airport, April 1970.
VH-ECD. Air New Zealand Qantas - in the modified ANZ livery at Sydney Airport, April 1970.
 

ZK-TED. Air New Zealand Qantas - in the modified ANZ livery at Sydney Airport, April 1970.

ZK-TED. Air New Zealand Qantas - in the modified ANZ livery at Sydney Airport, April 1970.
 

N836E. Nomads - in basic Air New Zealand livery at unknown location, July 1971.

N836E. Nomads - in basic Air New Zealand livery at unknown location, May 1972.

N836E. Nomads - in basic Air New Zealand livery at unknown location, May 1972.

N836E. Nomads - in the revised livery, location and date unknown.

N836E. Nomads - in the final livery at unknown location, October 1973.

N836E. Nomads - in the final livery at Sydney Airport, September 1975.
 

N836E. Nomads - in the final livery, location and date unknown.

PK-RLG. Mandala Airlines - in original livery at Halim Airport, June 1982.