VH-TLC. Lockheed 188A Electra. c/n 1147.


 

Ordered by Trans Australia Airlines - February 26, 1960

First flown - August 16, 1960

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-TLC - August 23, 1960

Accepted by T.A.A. at the Lockheed Burbank factory - August 25, 1960

Departed Burbank on delivery flight to Australia - August 26, 1960

Arrived Melbourne (Essendon) Airport at conclusion of delivery flight - August 29, 1960

Delivery route: Los Angeles - Honolulu - Canton Island - Nadi - Melbourne

Flight crew: Captains R. R. Raye, L. W. Manning; F/O D. L. Mackenzie; F/E L. T. G. Heard;

Navigator Captain M. B. Darby

Aircraft was named 'Charles Sturt'

Operated first revenue service Melbourne - Sydney as TN416 - September 03, 1960

Departed Melbourne for Burbank for wing and engine mount modification - May 22, 1961

Flight crew: Captains L. E. Morey, I. O. Black, A. W. Hawksford; F/E J. S. Mitchell; Navigator Captain R. Lauchland

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

Entered the Lockheed (LEAP) Program as LEAP #154 TAA-3 - May 24, 1961

LEAP modification completed - June 16, 1961

Departed Burbank on ferry flight to Melbourne - June 16, 1961

Flight crew: Captains L. E. Morey, I. O. Black, A. W. Hawksford; F/E J. S. Mitchell; Navigator Captain R. Lauchland

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

Set speed record on Melbourne - Perth sector of 4 hrs 19 mins (Captain J. Hickey) - July 20, 1961

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

This happened as a result of corrosion specks being found in wing of TAA Electra VH-TLB

These had been misidentified as being wing cracks and grounding order was lifted - July 27, 1964

Major overhaul carried out in Hong Kong - February 28 to May 15, 1965

Operated final revenue service Hobart - Melbourne as TN446 - October 31, 1970

Placed in storage at Melbourne (Essendon) Airport having flown 28,831 hrs with 22,595 cycles

Ferried Melbourne (Essendon) - Melbourne (Tullamarine) Airport with gear locked down - September 02, 1971

Flight crew: Captains S. Arnold, A. Hofman; F/E R. Verity

Sold to Concare Aircraft Leasing - January 21, 1972

Final test flight following overhaul (Captain A. Hofman) - May 21, 1972

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - June 06, 1972

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N188LC - June 06, 1972

Registered to Concare Aircraft Leasing

Departed Melbourne on ferry flight to the United States - June 10, 1972

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

Leased to Holiday Airlines - July 1972

Leased to Transcontinental Air Transport - December 01, 1972

Returned to Concare Leasing on termination of lease - May 1973

Sold to American Jet Industries - December 20, 1973

Converted to freighter configuration becoming a Lockheed 188AF Electra - 1975

Cancelled from the United States Aircraft Register - May 04, 1976

Sold to Taca Air Cargo, El Salvador - June 1976

Entered onto the El Salvador Aircraft Register as YS-06C - June 1976

Cancelled from the El Salvador Aircraft Register - September 1985

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N188LC - October 1985

Registered to Galaxy Airlines Inc, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Registered to Orion Aircraft Sales Inc, Van Nuys, California - August 1987

Observed withdrawn from use and stored in Galaxy livery at Tucson, Arizona - November 27, 1987

Registered to Nevada Aircraft Sales, Las Vegas - January 1988

Registered to Cardinal Corporation - April 1988

Leased to Palmas del Espino SA - November 1988

Cancelled from the United States Aircraft Register - November 30, 1988

Entered onto the Peruvian Aircraft register as OB-M-1328 - November 30, 1988

Arrived on delivery to Palmas del Espino SA at Lima, Peru - December 10, 1988

Entered service with Aero Transporte SA - December 28, 1988

Leased to Linhas Aereas de Mocambique (LAM) for 1 year arriving at Maputo - March 20, 1989

Returned to Aero Transporet SA - November 11, 1989

Reregistered OB-1328 - November 1989

Returned to service with Aero Transporte SA

Withdrawn from service - August 1991

Cancelled from the Peruvian Aircraft Register - August 1991

Sold to Lineas Aereas de la Amazonica, Colombia - August 1991

Entered onto the Colombian Aircraft Register as HK-3642X - August 1991

Reregistered to Lineas Aereas de la Amazonica, Colombia - August 1991

Reregistered as HK-3706X - February 1992

Registered to Transapel S.A., Bogota, Colombia

Observed with Apel Express titles at Bogota - June 01, 1992

Reregistered as HK-3706 - August 1994

Withdrawn from service at Bogota - March 1996

Observed stored at in good condition at Bogota - September 7, 1997

Cancelled from the Colombian Aircraft Register - ?

Sold to Mex-Jet Cargo - ?

Entered onto the Mexican Aircraft Register as XA-AEG - May 17, 2001

Departed Bogota on ferry flight to Mexico - March 10, 2002

In service with Mex-Jet Cargo of Mexico City - January 2003

Mex-Jet Cargo was renamed VigoJet - 2005

Destroyed at Tocumen Airport, Panama City - March 29, 2007

On engine start Number 2 propellor struck a ground power unit, causing the prop to disintergrate

Fuselage was punctured causing a fire to break out

Aircraft was declared a write-off and remains are extant at Tocumen Airport - 2014

 


 

VH-TLC. TAA The Nation's Jetline - in the original delivery dayglow livery, August 1960.

 

VH-TLC. TAA The Nation's Jetline - in the original dayglow livery at Sydney Airport, February 1961.

VH-TLC. TAA The Nation's Jetline - in the standard livery at Sydney Airport, date unklnown.

VH-TLC. TAA The Nation's Jetline - in the standard livery at Melbourne Airport, date unknown.
VH-TLC. TAA The Nation's Jetline - in the standard livery at Sydney Airport, January 1967.
 

VH-TLC. TAA The Nation's Jetline - in the standard livery at Sydney Airport, date unknown.

VH-TLC. TAA The Nation's Jetline - in the standard livery at Melbourne Airport, December 1968.

 

VH-TLC. TAA - in the modified livery at Melbourne Airport, November 1970.

VH-TLC. TAA - in the modified livery at Melbourne Airport, November 1970.

VH-TLC. TAA - in the modified livery at Melbourne Airport, May 1971.
 

 

VH-TLC. TAA - in the modified livery at Melbourne Airport, June 1971.

 

N188LC. Concare Aircraft Leasing - all white livery at Melbourne Airport, May 1972.

 

N188LC. Concare Aircraft Leasing - all white livery at Melbourne Airport, May 1972.
 

N188LC. Transcontinental Air Transport - in the basic livery at Teterboro Airporrt - January 1973.

N188LC. Transcontinental Air Transport - in the basic livery at Teterboro Airport - March 1973.

 

YS-06C. TACA Air Cargo - in the standard livery at Miami Airport, August 1978.

YS-06C. TACA Air Cargo - in the full livery at an unknown airport, March 1979.

YS-06C. TACA Air Cargo - in the standard livery at Miami Airport, July 1979.
 

YS-06C. TACA Air Cargo - in the standard livery at Miami Airport, February 1980.

YS-06C. TACA Air Cargo - in the standard livery at Miami Airport, October 1983.

 

N188LC. Galaxy - in the standard livery undergoing overhaul at Tucson, June 1986.

N188LC. Galaxy - in the standard livery at Tucson Airport, December 1986.

N188LC. Cardinal Corporation - in the basic livery without titles at Miami Airport, August 1988.
 

 

OB-M-1328. Palmas del Espino SA - in the basic livery without titles at Miami Airport, September 1988.

 

OB-1328. Aero Transporte SA Cargo - in the standard livery at Miami Airport, December 1989.

OB-1328. Aero Transporte SA Cargo - in the standard livery at Miami Airport, December 1989.

HK-3706. Apel Express - in Aero Transporte SA Cargo livery at Bogota Airport, January 1995.
 

 

XA-AEG. Mex-Jet Cargo - in the standard livery at unknown location, April 2003.