VH-RMC. Lockheed 188A Electra. c/n 1044.


 

This aircraft was 'reported' as being first flown as N1883 - November 01, 1959* (recorded by David G. Powers)

*This aircraft could have flown as early as March 1959 - refer to article

However a U.S. Certificate of Airworthiness (CofA) was issued for Lockheed 188A-08-10 (c/n 1044) - June 26, 1959

Order offcially placed by Ansett-ANA - November 20, 1959

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-RMC - February 05, 1960

Accepted by Ansett-A.N.A. at Lockheed Burbank - February 05, 1960

Departed Burbank on the delivery flight to Australia - February 05, 1960

Arrived at Melbourne (Essendon) Airport at the conclusion of the delivery flight - February 12, 1960

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

Flight crew: Lockheed Captains Davis, White; F/E Costa; Navigator W. C. Kennedy (Ansett)

Lockheed crew delivered the aircraft to Honolulu, where the Ansett-ANA crew took over

Ansett Crew: Captains A. Lovell, D. L. Secombe; F/O J. W. Delaney, E. Mackay; Navigator W .C. Kennedy; F/E C. Ford

Originally configured with 60 First Class and 14 Economy seat but later reconfigured to seat 81 passengers

Operated first revenue service Melbourne (Essendon) - Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - February 24, 1960

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

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

Withdrawn from service and ferried to United States for LEAP modifications departing Melbourne - June 06, 1961

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

Ferry crew: Captains A. Lovell, R. Stanton, M. Wheaton; Navigator W. C. Kennedy; Engineer G. Lynch

Entered LEAP program as LEAP # 166 ANA 3 - June 12, 1961

LEAP modifications completed - July 05, 1961

Departed Burbank on redelivery flight to Australia arriving Melbourne - July 1961

Ferry route: Burbank - Los Angeles - Honolulu - Canton Island - Suva - Melbourne (Essendon)

Flight crew: Captains M. Wheaton, U. Egerton; F/O A. Groser; Navigator W. C. Kennedy; Engineer S. Smith

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

This resulted from corrosion specks being found in the wing of TAA Electra VH-TLB during an inspection

These corrosion specks had been misidentified as being wing cracks

The grounding order was lifted on the Australian Electra fleet - July 27, 1964

Painted into new Ansett Airlines of Australia livery at Melbourne (Essendon) Airport - October 1969

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

Operated final passenger service - May 06, 1971

Withdrawn from service and stored at Melbourne (Essendon) Airport

Departed Melbourne on the ferry flight to the United States for conversion to freighter standard - November 08, 1971

Arrived at Ontario, California at the conclusion of the ferry flight - November 12, 1971

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

Flight crew: Captains K. Hants, A. James, B. Porter; Engineer G. Lynch; Navigator B. S. McEwen

Conversion carried out by Lockheed at Ontario, California

Arrived at Melbourne (Tullamarine) Airport following freighter conversion - May 30, 1972

Flight crew: Captain A. James; Engineer W. Ross

Returned to service as freighter with Ansett Airlines of Australia Air Cargo - May 31, 1972

Painted into white Ansett Air Freight 'Southern Cross' livery - January 1982

Operated final freighter service Cairns - Brisbane - Melbourne as AN1403 - January 31, 1984

Flight crew: Captain P. McMillan; F/O M. Zucal; F/E S. Finger

Aircraft had flown 51,261 hours with 40,015 cycles on retirement at Melbourne (Tullamarine) Airport

Sold to Turbo Power International - June 29, 1984

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - September 14, 1984

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N357Q - September 20, 1984

Registered to TPI International Airways Inc, Miami, Florida

Departed Melbourne as N357Q on the ferry flight to the United States - September 25, 1984

Ferry route: Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Sydney - Nadi - Pago Pago - Hilo - San Francisco

Flight crew: Captains S. Clark, D. Brown; F/E J.D. Norton; Navigator B. S. McEwen; Engineer W. Clow

Leased to CAM Air International and observed as such at Miami - October 09, 1984

Aircraft destoryed when it crashed on approach to Kansas City Downtown Airport - January 09, 1985

Had executed a missed approach and during subsequent circuit had lined up on nearby Fairfax Airport

On initiating another missed approach, aircraft stalled after a steep climb

Crashed into a public water treatment plant killing the 3 crew members on board

For more information regarding this accident click 'HERE'

Cancelled from the United States Aircraft Register - February 11, 2013

Registration expired and was officially cancelled by the F.A.A. on this date

 


 

VH-RMC. Ansett-ANA - in the original livery at Burbank, January 1960.

VH-RMC. Ansett-ANA - in the original livery at Burbank, January 1960.

VH-RMC. Ansett-ANA - in the original livery Brisbane Airport, date unknown.

VH-RMC. Ansett-ANA - in the final liveryat Sydney Airport, May 1966.

VH-RMC. Ansett-ANA - in the final at Sydney Airport, October 1966.

VH-RMC. Ansett-ANA - in the final livery Melbourne Airport, September 1967.
VH-RMC. Ansett-ANA - in the full livery bogged to the axle at Rockhampton Airport, March 1968.
VH-RMC. Ansett-ANA - in the full livery at Hobart Airport, May 1968.
VH-RMC. Ansett-ANA - in the full livery at Sydney Airport, May 1969.

VH-RMC. Ansett Airlines of Australia - in the 'delta' livery at West Beach Airport, December 1969.
VH-RMC. Ansett Airlines of Australia - in the 'delta' livery at Melbourne Airport, April 1970
VH-RMC. Ansett Airlines of Australia - in the 'delta' livery at Sydney Airport, May 1970.

VH-RMC. Ansett Airlines of Australia - in the 'delta' livery at Essendon Airport, May 1970.

VH-RMC. Ansett Airlines of Australia - in the 'delta' livery at Sydney Airport, December 1970.

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

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

VH-RMC. Ansett Airlines of Australia - in the 'delta' livery at Melbourne Airport, October 1971.

VH-RMC. Ansett Airlines of Australia - in the 'delta' livery at Melbourne Airport, October 1971.

VH-RMC. Ansett Airlines of Australia Air Cargo - in the 'delta' livery at Melbourne Airport, April 1977.

VH-RMC. Ansett Airlines of Australia Air Cargo - in the 'delta' livery at Melbourne Airport, January 1978.

VH-RMC. Ansett Airlines of Australia Air Cargo - in the 'delta' livery at Melbourne Airport, January 1978.
VH-RMC. Ansett Airlines of Australia Air Cargo - in the 'delta' livery at Melbourne Airport, January 1978.
VH-RMC. Ansett Airlines of Australia Air Cargo - in the 'delta' livery at Melbourne Airport, January 1978.
VH-RMC. Ansett Airlines of Australia Air Cargo - in the 'delta' livery at Melbourne Airport, January 1978.

VH-RMC. Ansett Airlines of Australia Air Cargo - in the 'delta' livery at Melbourne Airport, January 1978.

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

VH-RMC. Ansett Airlines of Australia Air Cargo - undergoing a 'D' check at Melbourne, January 1980.

VH-RMC. Ansett Airlines of Australia Air Cargo - undergoing a 'D' check at Melbourne, January 1980.

VH-RMC. Ansett Airlines of Australia Air Cargo - undergoing a 'D' check at Melbourne, January 1980.

VH-RMC. Ansett Airlines of Australia Air Cargo - undergoing a 'D' check at Melbourne, January 1980.

VH-RMC. Ansett Airlines of Australia Air Cargo - in the 'delta' livery at Perth Airport, October 1980.

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

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

 

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

 

VH-RMC. Ansett Air Freight - in the rare all white livery at Brisbane Airport, January 1982.

VH-RMC. Ansett Air Freight - in the rare all white livery at Melbourne Airport, January 1982.

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

VH-RMC. Ansett Air Freight - in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Brisbane Airport, June 1983.

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

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

VH-RMC. TPI - in basic Ansett 'Southern Cross' livery & no titles at Melbourne Airport, September 1984.

N357Q. TPI - in basic Ansett 'Southern Cross' livery & no titles at Melbourne Airport, September 1984.