VH-RMG. Lockheed 188A Electra. c/n 1123.


 

Aircraft ordered new by American Airlines

First flown - February 12, 1960

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N6132A - ?

Accepted by American Airlines at Burbank, California - February 19, 1960

Aircraft was named 'Flagship Richmond'

Entered the Lockheed LEAP program as LEAP #34 AAL-4 - December 02, 1960

Modifications completed - January 03, 1961

Sold to McCulloch Properties Inc - February 06, 1969

Delivered to McCulloch International Airlines - February 13, 1969

Operated by McCulloch International and Lake Havasu City

Converted to L-188AF freighter by Lockheed Aircraft Services - August 1975

Sold to Ansett Airlines of Australia - August 23, 1975

Arrived Melbourne (Tullamarine) Airport in basic McCulloch livery without titles - August 23, 1975

Flight crew: Captains P. Legge, M. J. Read; F/E F. Cox

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-RMG - August 27, 1975

Registered to Ansett Transport Industries (Operations) Pty Ltd

Operated first freighter revenue service Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Launceston - August 28, 1975

Operated final freighter service Perth - Melbourne (Tullamarine) as AN451 - May 05, 1978

Withdrawn from service having flown 4,349 hours and 3,023 cycles with Ansett

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - May 25, 1978

Sold to Evergreen International - May 30, 1978

Departed Melbourne as 'VH-PTQ' on ferry flight to the United States routing via Auckland - May 30, 1978

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N2251A - June 1978

Reregistered N5538 to Evergreen International - July 12, 1978

Cancelled from the United States Aircraft Register - January 1983

Sold to Argentine Navy and converted for maritime patrol duties

Allocated the Argentinian Military markings '6-P-101'

Aircraft was destroyed whilst landing at Almirante Zar Area Naval (Trelew) - September 20, 1989

Whilst on approach to land the starboard undercarriage leg failed to lower

On landing the starboard wing struck ground and was torn off

Starboard props severed forward fuselage as aircraft swung through 180 degrees

Aircraft was destroyed by fire - 3 crew severly injured, 20 other naval ratings escaped uninjured

 


 

 

N6132A. American Airlines - in the 'lightning bolt' livery at unknown airport, June 1967.

N6132A. American Airlines - in the full 'lightning bolt' colors, September 1964.

 
 

N6132A. Lake Havu City - in the basic McCulloch livery at unknown airport, September 1969.

N6132A. McCullogh - in the full livery at unknown airport, October 1973.

 

VH-RMG. Ansett Air Cargo - in basic McCullogh livery at Melbourne Airport, September 1975.

VH-RMG. Ansett Air Cargo - in basic McCullogh livery at Melbourne Airport, September 1975.
VH-RMG. Ansett Air Cargo - in basic McCullogh livery at Melbourne Airport, September 1975.

VH-RMG. Ansett Airlines of Australia Air Cargo - in a modified livery at Melbourne Airport, November 1975.

VH-RMG. Ansett Airlines of Australia Air Cargo - in a modified livery at Melbourne Airport, January 1976.

VH-RMG. Ansett Airlines of Australia Air Cargo - in a modified livery, January 1977.

VH-RMG. Ansett Airlines of Australia Air Cargo - loading freight at Melbourne Airport, January 1978.

VH-RMG. Ansett Airlines of Australia Air Cargo - loading freight at Melbourne Airport, January 1978.

VH-RMG. Ansett Airlines of Australia Air Cargo - loading freight at Melbourne Airport, January 1978.

VH-RMG. Ansett Airlines of Australia Air Cargo - loading freight at Melbourne Airport, January 1978.

VH-RMG. Ansett Airlines of Australia Air Cargo - in the modified livery at Melbourne Airport, January 1978.

VH-RMG. Ansett Airlines of Australia Air Cargo - in the modified livery at Melbourne Airport, January 1978.

VH-RMG. Ansett Airlines of Australia Air Cargo - in the modified livery at Melbourne Airport, January 1978.

 

VH-RMG. Ansett Airlines of Australia Air Cargo - in a modified livery at Melbourne Airport, May 1978.
 

N5538. Evergreen International - in the full livery at unknown airport, August 1980.

N5538. Evergreen International - in the full livery at unknown airport, August 1980.