VH-TLB. Lockheed 188A Electra. c/n 1069.


 

Second of two Electras ordered new by TAA - October 10, 1958

First flown - June 1959

Accepted by TAA at the Lockheed Burbank plant - July 14, 1959

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-TLB - July 14, 1959

Registered to Australian National Airlines Commission, Melbourne

Departed Burbank on the delivery flight to Australia - July 17, 1959

Arrived at Melbourne (Essendon) Airport at the conclusion of the delivery flight - July 19, 1959

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

Flight crew: Captains J. A. P. Boyd, J. H. R. Marshall, J. R. Groves; Navigators A. Harding (BUR/NAN),

C. Randall (NAN/MEL); Engineer T. Scrive

Aircraft was named 'John Gilbert'

Operated first revenue service Melbourne (Essendon) - Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - July 26, 1959

Set speed record on Melbourne - Perth sector of 4 hrs 38 mins (Captain W. O. James) - March 03, 1960

Aircraft was involved in an attempted hijacking on the Sydney - Brisbane sector (Captain J. Benton) - July 19, 1960

The hijacker (Alex Hilderbrandt) demanded to be flown to Darwin or Singapore or he would explode a bomb onboard

The aircraft carried 43 passengers including TAA Captain D. Lawrence who overpowered the hijacker

Two shots were fired inside the cabin with no injuries sustained and aircraft landed safely in Brisbane

Derparted Melbourne (Essendon) as TN1403 on the ferry flight to the United States - March 20, 1961

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

Flight crew: Captains R. Widmer, G. J. White; F/O B. J. Wales; F/E N. W. Hosking; Navigator Captain W. Cast

Aircraft was to have wing and engine mount modification undertaken by Lockheed

Entered the Lockheed (LEAP) Program as LEAP #110 TAA-2 - March 23, 1961

LEAP modification completed - April 19, 1961

Departed Burbank on ferry flight to Melbourne (Essendon) - April 20, 1961

Flight crew: Captains C. H. Gray, J. H. R. Marshall; F/O J. H. Lavin; F/E F. W. McDonald;

Navigator Captain M. B. Darby

Set speed record on Melbourne - Brisbane sector of 119 minutes (Captain A. Mahoney) - June 19, 1961

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

This was the result of corrosion specks being found in the wing and being misidentified as wing cracks

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

Returned to the United States for further wing modifications, departing Melbourne (Essendon) - April 18, 1966

Flight crew: Captains R. Meates, K. Humphries; F/O C. Alexander; F/E G. MacArthur, R. Taafe;

Navigators Captain G. Bracken (MEL/HNL/MEL), F/O K. Radke (HNL/NYC/HNL)

Ferry route: Melbourne - Nadi - Canton Island - Honolulu - San Francisco - Kansas City - New York

Modifications completed and returned to Melbourne - May 30, 1966

Operated TAA's final Electra service to Cocos Islands before being replaced by Boeing 727s - February 22, 1971

Operated final revenue service Melbourne (Essendon) - Sydney (KIngsford Smith) as TN1948 - April 30, 1971

Ferried Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - Brisbane as TN1922 (Captain B. Taber) for storage - April 30, 1971

Aircraft had flown 33,826 hours with 26,843 cycles

Test flown at Brisbane (Captain S. Arnold, R. Hickey; F/E R. Verity) - September 13, 1971

Ferried Brisbane - Melbourne (Essendon) direct in 2 hrs 55 mins with same crew - September 15, 1971

Sold to Concare Aircraft Leasing, Tulsa, Oklahoma - January 21, 1972

Test flown at Melbourne (Captain S. Arnold, A. Hofman; F/E R. Verity) for 90 minutes - February 20, 1972

Test flown at Melbourne (Captain S. Arnold, A. Hofman; F/E R. Verity) for 155 minutes - February 21, 1972

Departed Melbourne as N188LB on ferry flight to the United States - March 01, 1972

Ferry route: Melbourne - Brisbane - Nadi - Pago Pago - Hilo - Oakland - Tulsa - Miami

Flight crew: Captain A. Hofman (command); Concare crew members assisting

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - April 05, 1972

Leased / purchased by Transair Corporation, Nevada - 1972

Leased to Royal Air Lao

Entered onto the Laotian Aircraft Register as XW-PKB - May 1972

Aircraft named ‘Tiao Khoun Boulom’

Arrived Vietiane, Laos at the conclusion of the ferry flight from the United States - June 12, 1972

Aircraft repossessed due to non-payment of fees to Transair Corp - July 31, 1974

Flown to Hong Kong for overhaul as seizure was imminent by the new Lao Government - August 08, 1974

Ferried Hong Kong - Singapore (Seletar) after overhaul by HAECO - October 27, 1974

Leased to Mandala Airlines in a full passenger configuration - 1974

Entered onto the Indonesian Aircraft Register as PK-RLX - ?

Aircraft was named 'Pangeran Diponegoro'

Lease terminated due to complications with Indonesian Civil Aviation Authority - February 15, 1975

Ferried to Singapore where no further flights for Transair Corporation were undertaken

Seized by Concare along with Electra 'XW-PKA' for non-payment of leasing fees

Sold to American Jet Industries and ferried Singapore - United States - 1975

Aircraft observed stored at Van Nuys, California - October 14, 1975

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N188LB - March 10, 1976

Registered to American Jet Industries Inc

Converted to an L-188AF freighter by American Jet Industries - April 1976

Cancelled from the United States Aircraft Register - May 17, 1976

Sold to TACA, El Salvador - June 1976

Entered onto the El Salvador Aircraft Register as YS-07C - ?

Aircraft was damaged beyond repair at San Salvador International Airport - February 02, 1980

The No. 4 fuel tank exploded in flames during engine start resulting in the wing failing outboard of number 4 engine

Several possibilities for explosion and fire were explored but nothing was proved

No injuries sustained by the flight or ground crew

Aircraft was not repairable and was scrapped on site

 


 

VH-TLB. TAA The Nation's Jetline - original dayglow livery at Sydney Airport, June 1960.

VH-TLB. TAA The Nation's Jetline - original dayglow livery at Brisbane Airport, June 1961.

VH-TLB. TAA The Nation's Jetline - in the original dayglow livery at Melbourne Airport, circa 1960.

VH-TLB. TAA The Nation's Jetline - in the original dayglow livery at Melbourne Airport, circa 1960.

 

VH-TLB. TAA The Nation's Jetline - in the original dayglow livery at Brisbane Airport, date unknown.
 

VH-TLB. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - in the standard livery at Melbourne Airport, December 1965.

VH-TLB. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - in the standard livery at Sydney Airport, December 1967.

 

VH-TLB. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - in the standard livery at Melbourne Airport, December 1968.

VH-TLB. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - in the standard livery at Melbourne Airport, December 1968.

VH-TLB. TAA The Nation's Jetline - in the standard livery at Melbourne Airport, September 1969.
 

 

VH-TLB. TAA The Nation's Jetline - in the standard livery at Melbourne Airport, September 1969.

 

VH-TLB. TAA - in the final livery at Melbourne Airport, June 1970.

VH-TLB. TAA - in the final livery at Melbourne Airport, August 1970.

VH-TLB. TAA - in the final livery at Melbourne Airport, November 1970.

VH-TLB. TAA - in the final livery at Brisbane Airport, August 1971.

VH-TLB. TAA - in the final livery at Melbourne Airport, October 1971.

N188LB. Concare Aircraft Leasing - in the all-white livery without titles at Melbourne Airport, February 1972.

XW-PKB. Royal Air Lao - in the original livery with dual titles at Hong Kong Airport, November 1972.

XW-PKB. Royal Air Lao - in the original livery with Lao titles only at Hong Kong, January 1973.

XW-PKB. Royal Air Lao - in the original livery with dual titles at Vientiane Airport, July 1974.

YS-07C. TACA Air Cargo - in the standard livery at Miami Airport, June 1977.

YS-07C. TACA Air Cargo - in the standard livery at Miami Airport, January 1978.

YS-07C. TACA Air Cargo - following start-up accident at San Salvador Airport, February 1980.

YS-07C. TACA Air Cargo - following start-up accident at San Salvador Airport, February 1980.

YS-07C. TACA Air Cargo - following start-up accident at San Salvador Airport, February 1980.