VH-RMB. Lockheed 188A Electra. c/n 1047.


 

The Ansett order was placed with Lockheed - December 09, 1958

First flown as VH-RMB - February 28, 1959

Accepted by Ansett at Lockheed's Burbank plant - April 01, 1959

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-RMB - April 04, 1959

Departed Burbank on the delivery flight to Australia - April 05, 1959

Arrived at Melbourne (Essendon) Airport at the conclusion of the delivery flight - April 09, 1959

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

Flight crew: Captains R. Sealey, N. Murdoch, J. McRobbie; Navigator W. C. Kennedy; Engineer Nealey

Operated first revenue service Melbourne (Essendon) - Perth - April 16, 1959

Withdrawn from service for Electra Refinement Program - June 1959

During program engine mounts were modified under guidance of Lockheed Engineers

Withdrawn from service and ferried to the United States for LEAP modifications departing Melbourne - May 1961

Entered LEAP as LEAP # 152 ANA 2 - May 22, 1961

LEAP modifications completed - June 10, 1961

Arrived Melbourne (Essendon) on redelivery to Ansett-ANA - June 1961

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

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 Trans Austalia Airlines Electra VH-TLB

These 'corrosion specks' were misidentified as being wing cracks

Grounding order lifted on the Australian Electra fleet - July 27, 1964

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

Utilised for route endorsement Perth - Cocos Islands (Captains K. Hants, J. McRobbie) - February 02, 1971

Operated final passenger service - May 06, 1971

Withdrawn from service and stored at Melbourne (Essendon) Airport

Departed Melbourne on ferry flight to United States for conversion to freighter with Lockheed - June 17, 1972

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

Flight crew: Captains B. Porter, I. Armstrong-Taylor; Engineer P. Nash; Navigator W. C. Kennedy

Departed Ontario on the ferry flight to Australia on completion of conversion - October 06, 1972

Arrived Melbourne (Tullamarine) Airport at the conclusion of the ferry flight - October 10, 1972

Ferry route: Ontarion - Hilo - Wake Island - Port Moresby - Melbourne

Flight crew: Captains K. Hants, B. Amundsen; Engineer P. Straney

Returned to service as freighter with Ansett Airlines of Australia Air Cargo

Operated first freighter revenue service Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Launceston - October 19, 1972

Participated in the memorial flypast for Sir Reginald Ansett (Captain D. Brown; F/O R. M. Cook) - February 15, 1982

Operated last freighter service Melbourne - Hobart - Launceston - Melbourne as AN1443/4 - January 29, 1984

Flight crew: Captain R. McCrystal; F/O P. Larrain; F/E K. Shirt

Aircraft had flown 53,886 hours with 40,654 cycles

Sold to Turbo Power International Inc - June 29, 1984

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N358Q - ?

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - August 31, 1984

Departed Melbourne (Tullamarine) as N358Q on the delivery flight to the United States - September 12, 1984

Ferry route: Melbourne - Sydney - Nadi - Faleolo - Hilo - San Francisco - Amarillo

Flight crew: Captain S. Clark, J. Rollston; F/E J. Norton; Navigator B. S. McEwen

Registered to JBQ Aviation Corp, Miami, Florida - March 1985

Leased to Fred Olsen A/S for one month - December 1985

Leased to Fred Olsen, Norway - October 27 to December 05, 1986

Leased to ALM Antillian Airlines Cargo as N356Q - May 1988

Registered to T.P.I. International Airways Inc - August 1989

Reregistered N358WS - October 1989

Repossessed by Internationale Nederlanden Bank NV - April 08, 1992

Sold to MCA Aviation Corp, then to JBQ Aviation in one day - April 1992

Withdrawn from service and stored at Opa Locka Airport as N358WS with ALM titles - April 1992

Reregistered N358Q - December 1992

Registered to JBQ Aviation Corp, Miami, Florida

Withdrawn from use and placed in open storage at Opa Locka Airport - November 09, 1996

Cancelled from the United States Aircraft Register - January 1997

Scrapped on site at Opa Locka Airport - March 1997

 


 

VH-RMB. Ansett-ANA - in the original livery at Sydney Airport, April 1959.

VH-RMB. Ansett-ANA - in the original livery at Brisbane Airport, April 1959.
VH-RMB. Ansett-ANA - in the original livery at Brisbane Airport, April 1959.

VH-RMB. Ansett-ANA - in the revised livery at Brisbane Airport, date unknown.

VH-RMB. Ansett-ANA - in the revised livery at Sydney Airport, March 1960.

VH-RMB. Ansett-ANA - close-up of the final twin bar tail titles at Brisbane Airport, July 1965.

VH-RMB. Ansett-ANA - in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, July 1965.

VH-RMB. Ansett-ANA - in the standard livery at Sydney Airport, May 1966.

VH-RMB. Ansett-ANA - in the standard livery at Melbourne Airport, July 1966.

VH-RMB. Ansett-ANA - in the standard livery at Sydney Airport, April 1967.

VH-RMB. Ansett-ANA - in the standard livery at Melbourne Airport, November 1968.

VH-RMB. Ansett-ANA - in the standard livery at Melbourne Airport, December 1968.

VH-RMB. Ansett-ANA - in the standard livery at Melbourne Airport, December 1968.

VH-RMB. Ansett-ANA - in standard livery at Sydney Airport, April 1969.

VH-RMB. Ansett-ANA - in the standard livery at West Beach Airport, date unknown.

VH-RMB. Ansett-ANA - in the standard livery at Sydney Airport, date unknown.

VH-RMB. Ansett Airlines of Australia - in the 'delta' livery at SydneyAirport, April 1970.

VH-RMB. Ansett Airlines of Australia - in the new 'delta' livery at Brisbane Airport, November 1970.

VH-RMB. Ansett Airlines of Australia - in the new 'delta' livery at Melbourne Airport, December 1970.

VH-RMB. Ansett Airlines of Australia - in the new 'delta' colors at Melbourne Airport, June 1971.
 

VH-RMB. Ansett Airlines of Australia - in the new 'delta' livery at Melbourne Airport, December 1971.

VH-RMB. Ansett Airlines of Australia - in the new 'delta' livery at Melbourne Airport, December 1971.

 

VH-RMB. Ansett Airlines of Australia Air Cargo - in the 'delta' livery at Melbourne Airport, January 1973.

VH-RMB. Ansett Airlines of Australia Air Cargo - during 'D' check at Melbourne Airport, January 1978.

VH-RMB. Ansett Airlines of Australia Air Cargo - during 'D' check at Melbourne Airport, January 1978.

VH-RMB. Ansett Airlines of Australia Air Cargo - during 'D' check at Melbourne Airport, January 1978.

VH-RMB. Ansett Airlines of Australia Air Cargo - in the 'delta' livery at Sydney Airport, May 1979.

VH-RMB. Ansett Airlines of Australia Air Cargo - in the 'delta' livery at Melbourne Airport, January 1980.

VH-RMB. Ansett Airlines of Australia Air Cargo - in the 'delta' livery at Melbourne Airport, January 1980.

VH-RMB. Ansett Airlines of Australia Air Cargo - in the 'delta' livery at Melbourne Airport, January 1980.

VH-RMB. Ansett Airlines of Australia Air Cargo - in the 'delta' livery at Melbourne Airport, January 1981.
 

 

VH-RMB. Ansett Airlines of Australia Air Cargo - in the 'delta' livery at Melbourne Airport, October 1981.

 

VH-RMB. Ansett Air Freight - in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Melbourne Airport, October 1982.

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

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

N358Q. TPI - in basic Ansett Air Freight livery without titles at Melbourne Airport, September 1984.

N358Q. TPI - in basic Ansett Air Freight livery without titles at Melbourne Airport, September 1984.

N358Q. TPI - in basic Ansett Air Freight livery without titles at Melbourne Airport, September 1984.

N358Q. TPI - in basic Ansett Air Freight livery without titles at Amarillo, October 1984.

N358Q. ALM Antillean Airlines Cargo - in basic TPI livery at Opa Locka Airport, August 1988.

N358Q. ALM Antillean Airlines Cargo - in basic TPI livery at Atlanta Airport, October 1988.

N358Q. ALM Antillean Airlines Cargo - in basic TPI livery at Opa Locka Airport, October 1989.

N358WS. ALM Antillean Airlines Cargo - in basic TPI livery at Miami, Florida, July 1992.

N358WS. ALM Antillean Airlines Cargo - in basic TPI livery with at Opa Locka Airport, December 1992.
 

N358Q. ALM Antillean Airlines Cargo - in basic TPI livery at Opa Locka Airport, November 1996.

N358Q. ALM Antillean Airlines Cargo - being broken up at Opa Locka Airport, March 1997.