VH-RMA. Lockheed 188A Electra. c/n 1039.

 

The order for this aircraft was placed with Lockheed - December 09, 1958

First flown as VH-RMA - February 13, 1959

Accepted by Ansett-A.N.A. at Burbank, California - February 27, 1959

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-RMA - March 05, 1959

Registered to Ansett-A.N.A., Melbourne

Departed Burbank on the delivery flight to Australia - March 07, 1959

Arrived at Melbourne (Essendon) Airport with R. M. Ansett as passenger - March 10, 1959

Delivery route: Burbank - Las Vegas - San Francisco - Honolulu - Canton Island - Nadi - Melbourne

Flight crew: Captains A. Lane, A. Lovell, A. C. Thomson; Navigator W .C. Kennedy; F/Es M. Perry, C. Ford

The aircraft was originally configured to seat 60 First Class and 14 Economy Class passengers

Operated first revenue service Melbourne (Essendon) - Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - March 18, 1959

Flight crew: Captains A. Lovell, A. Lane

This was the first Lockheed 188 Electra passenger service operated outside the United States

Established new record on Sydney - Brisbane sector (Captains A. Lovell, K. Nicholls) - April 06, 1959

Withdrawn from service for six days for Electra Refinement Program - June 21, 1959

During program engine mounts were modified under guidance of Lockheed Engineers

Tail titles were modified to read 'Electra Mk II Turbo Prop' in a single tail band - early 1960

Tail titles again modified to final twin-bands - May 1960

Withdrawn from service and ferried to the United States for LEAP modifications arriving Burbank - April 25, 1961

Ferry route: Melbourne (Essendon) - Nadi - Canton Island - Honolulu - Burbank

Flight crew: Captain N. Murdoch, A. Thompson, D. Moodie; Navigator W. C. Kennedy; Engineer C. Ford

Entered LEAP program as LEAP # 134 - April 26, 1961

Departed Burbank on redelivery to Australia - May 20, 1961

Ferry route: San Francisco - Honolulu - Canton Island - Nadi - Melbourne

Ferry crew: Captains N. Murdoch, W. Ross, P. Longbottom, A. Lane; Navigator W. C. Kennedy

Aircraft was grounded by a Department of Civil Aviation order - July 24, 1964

This was the result of corrosion specks being found in wing of the TAA Electra 'VH-TLB'

They had been misidentified as being wing cracks and the grounding order was lifted on the Electra fleet - July 27, 1964

Registered to Ansett Transport Industries (Operations) Pty Ltd, Melbourne - December 18, 1969

Operated final passenger service - April 28, 1971

Withdrawn from service and stored at Melbourne (Essendon) Airport

Departed Melbourne (Essendon) on the ferry flight to the United States - March 06, 1972

Aircraft was to be for converted to freighter configuration by Lockheed

Ferry route: Melbourne - Port Moresby - Wake Island - Honolulu - Ontario (California)

Ferry crew: Captains B. Porter, S. Davis; Navigator W. C. Kennedy; Engineer P. Straney

Test flown on completion of conversion to L-188AF standard - July 18, 1972

Departed Ontario on the redelivery flight to Australia - July 22, 1972

Arrived Melbourne (Tullamarine) at the conclusion of the ferry flight - July 25, 1972

Ferry route: San Francisco - Honolulu - Wake Island - Port Moresby - Melbourne

Ferry crew: Captains A. James, G. Backhouse; Navigator W. C. Kennedy; Engineer G. Lynch

Returned to service as freighter with Ansett Airlines of Australia Air Cargo - August 03, 1972

Operated last freighter service Melbourne - Adelaide - Perth - Melbourne as AN950/951 - December 23, 1983

Flight crew: Captain S. Smythe; F/O K. Lumsden; F/E G. Young

Withdrawn from use and stored at Melbourne (Tullamarine) Airport pending sale

Aircraft had flown 52,937 hours with 40,509 cycles

Sold to Turbo Power International - June 29, 1984

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N356Q - ?

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - October 08, 1984

Departed Melbourne (Tullamarine) as N356Q on the ferry flight to the United States - October 12, 1984

Leased to Air Bridge - February 02, 1988

Reregistered as N355WS to Air Bridge - November 23, 1989

Reregistered as N356Q - ?

Leased to Hunting Cargo Airlines as N356Q - May 06, 1993

Returned to Renown Aviation - July 01, 1994

Wet leased to Amerer Air - November 1996

Sold to Amerer Air - August 1998

Cancelled from the United States Aircraft Register - August 22, 1998

Entered onto the Austrian Aircraft Register as OE-ILB - September 28, 1998

Registered to Amerer Air GmbH

Had flown 64,341 hours and 49,819 cycles as of July 24, 2001

Advertised for sale by Amerer Air - June 2002

Operated last Amerer Air service Wien - Linz as TAY73P - ?

Amerer Air advised by Austrian C.A.A. that the CofA on this aircraft would not be renewed

Sold to Buffalo Airways, Yellowknife, NWT - October 2006

Ferried Linz - Coventry - October 27, 2006

Ferried Coventry - Reykjavik - Keflav - Iqaluit - Red Deer - Alberta - October 28, 2006

Entered onto the Canadian Aircraft Register as C-FBAQ - July 03, 2007

Aircraft was badly damaged whilst making emergency landing at Yellowknife Airport - March 05, 2012

The starboard main landing gear failed to lower on command during approach to Yellowknife

Crew tried for over an hour to dislodge the malfunctioning gear

Successful landing was made on remaining wheels but when speed decreased aircraft left runway

Landing run was arrested when aircraft ploughed into a snowdrift

Number 4 propeller and gearbox were torn off, Number 3 propeller badly but remained attached to engine

Starboard wing trailing edge flaps and aileron badly damaged but wing planks were not damaged

No serious damaged was caused to fuselage, port wing and engines

Two pilots and three crew members were unhurt

Preliminary reports indicate that aircraft will be repaired and returned to service

Aircraft had flown a total of 68,509.9 hours

 

VH-RMA. Ansett-ANA - in the original livery somewhere over California, February 1959.

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VH-RMA. Ansett-ANA - in the original livery somewhere over California, February 1959.

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VH-RMA. Ansett-ANA - in the original livery at Oakland Airport, February 1959.

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VH-RMA. Ansett-ANA - in the original livery at Oakland Airport, February 1959.

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VH-RMA. Ansett-ANA - in the original livery at Burbank Airport, February 1959.

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VH-RMA. Ansett-ANA - in the original livery somewhere over California, February 1959.

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VH-RMA. Ansett-ANA - in the original livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, April 1959.

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VH-RMA. Ansett-ANA - in the original livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, October 1959.

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VH-RMA. Ansett-ANA - in the original livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, October 1959.

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VH-RMA. Ansett-ANA - in the modified original livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, date unknown.

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VH-RMA. Ansett-ANA - in the final livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, date unknown.

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VH-RMA. Ansett-ANA - in the final livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, June 1965.

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VH-RMA. Ansett-ANA - in the final livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, June 1965.

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VH-RMA. Ansett-ANA - in the final livery at Brisbane Airport, July 1965.

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VH-RMA. Ansett-ANA - in the final livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, date unknown.

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VH-RMA. Ansett-ANA - in the final livery minus nose titles at Melbourne Essendon Airport, date unknown.

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VH-RMA. Ansett-ANA - in the final livery at Brisbane Airport, July 1965.

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VH-RMA. Ansett-ANA - in the final livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, November 1966.

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VH-RMA. Ansett-ANA - in the final livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, date unknown.

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VH-RMA. Ansett-ANA - in the final livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, January 1967.

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VH-RMA. Ansett-ANA - in the final livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, June 1968.

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VH-RMA. Ansett-ANA - in the final livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, January 1970.

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VH-RMA. Ansett-ANA - in the final livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, May 1970.

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VH-RMA. Ansett-ANA - in the final livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, November 1970.

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VH-RMA. Ansett-ANA - in the final livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, November 1970.

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VH-RMA. Ansett-ANA - in the final livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, date unknown.

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VH-RMA. Ansett Airlines of Australia - in the 'dela' livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, February 1972.

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VH-RMA. Ansett Airlines of Australia Air Cargo - in the 'dela' livery at Brisbane Airport, November 1974.

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VH-RMA. Ansett Airlines of Australia Air Cargo - in the 'dela' livery at Brisbane Airport, January 1979.

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VH-RMA. Ansett Airlines of Australia Air Cargo - in the 'dela' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1979.

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VH-RMA. Ansett Airlines of Australia Air Cargo - in the 'dela' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1979.

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VH-RMA. Ansett Airlines of Australia Air Cargo - in the 'dela' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1979.

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VH-RMA. Ansett Airlines of Australia Air Cargo - in the 'dela' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1979.

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VH-RMA. Ansett Airlines of Australia Air Cargo - in the 'dela' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1979.

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VH-RMA. Ansett Airlines of Australia Air Cargo - in the 'dela' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1979.

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VH-RMA. Ansett Airlines of Australia Air Cargo - in the 'dela' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1979.

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VH-RMA. Ansett Airlines of Australia Air Cargo - in the 'dela' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1979.

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VH-RMA. Ansett Airlines of Australia Air Cargo - in the 'dela' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1980.

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VH-RMA. Ansett Airlines of Australia Air Cargo - in the 'dela' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1980.

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VH-RMA. Ansett Airlines of Australia Air Cargo - in the 'dela' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1980.

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VH-RMA. Ansett Airlines of Australia Air Cargo - in the 'dela' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1980.

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VH-RMA. Ansett Airlines of Australia Air Cargo - in the 'dela' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1980.

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VH-RMA. Ansett Airlines of Australia Air Cargo - in the 'dela' livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, August 1980.

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VH-RMA. Ansett Airlines of Australia Air Cargo - in the 'dela' livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, August 1980.

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VH-RMA. Ansett Airlines of Australia Air Cargo - in the 'dela' livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, August 1981.

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VH-RMA. Ansett Airlines of Australia Air Cargo - in the 'dela' livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, August 1981.

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VH-RMA. Ansett Airlines of Australia Air Cargo - in the 'dela' livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, August 1981.

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VH-RMA. Ansett Air Freight - in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Brisbane Airport, April 1982.

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VH-RMA. Ansett Air Freight - in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, June 1982.

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VH-RMA. Ansett Air Freight - in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Brisbane Airport, June 1982.

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VH-RMA. Ansett Air Freight - in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, November 1982.

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VH-RMA. Ansett Air Freight - in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, November 1983.

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VH-RMA. Ansett Air Freight - in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, May 1984.

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VH-RMA. Ansett Air Freight - in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, June 1984.

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VH-RMA. Ansett Air Freight - in the basic 'Southern Cross' livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, September 1984.

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N356Q. TPI - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, June 1985.

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N356Q. TPI - in the standard livery with small additional 'Air Bridge' titles at an unknown airport, February 1988.

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N356Q. TPI - in the standard livery with additional 'Air Bridge' titles at an unknown airport, May 1989.

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N355WS. TPI - in the standard livery with additional 'Air Bridge' titles at an unknown airport, December 1989.

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N355WS. TPI - in the standard livery with additional 'Air Bridge' titles at Brussels Airport, date unknown.

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N355WS. TPI - in the standard livery with additional 'Air Bridge' titles at an unknown airport, January 1990.

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N356Q. Hunting Cargo Airlines - in the standard livery at Stuttgart Airport, July 1993.

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N356Q. JBQ Aviation - in the basic Hunting Cargo livery at Basel Airport, January 1994.

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N356Q. JBQ Aviation - in the basic Hunting Cargo livery at Brussels Airport, April 1994.

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N356Q. JBQ Aviation - in the basic Hunting Cargo livery at Brussels Airport, June 1994.

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N356Q. Renown Aviation - in the standard livery at Miami Opa Locka Airport, August 1995.

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N356Q. Renown Aviation - in the standard livery at Miami Opa Locka Airport, August 1995.

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N356Q. Renown Aviation - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, November 1995.

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N356Q. Amerer Air - in the basic livery at an unknown airport, May 1997.

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N356Q. Amerer Air - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, May 1997.

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OE-ILB. Amerer Air - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, August 2003.

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OE-ILB. Amerer Air - in the standard livery at Ostend Airport, October 2003.

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OE-ILB. Amerer Air - in the standard livery at Wien Airport, October 2003.

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OE-ILB. Amerer Air - in the standard livery at Ostend Airport, date unknown.

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OE-ILB. Amerer Air - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, April 2005.

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C-FBAQ. Buffalo Airways - in the standard livery at Red Deer Airport, July 2008.

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