ZK-TEB. Lockheed 188C Electra. c/n 2010.

 

This was the second of three aircraft ordered new by Tasman Empire Airways Ltd

The purchase agreement was signed at Burbank - August 1958

Signatories: Sir Leonard Isitt (Chairman of Directors, TEAL); F. A. Reeves (General Manager, TEAL) and

J. E. Boyce ( Lockheed Director of Sales, Pacific Area)

Entered onto the New Zealand Aircraft Register as ZK-TEB - November 24, 1959

Registered to Tasman Empire Airways Limited, Auckland, New Zealand

First flown at Burbank as ZK-TEB - December 10, 1959

Accepted by Tasman Empire Airways Limited at Burbank - December 18, 1959

The aircraft was named 'Atarau' (Moonlight)

Departed Burbank on the ferry flight to New Zealand - December 19, 1959

Arrived Auckland on completion of the ferry flight - December 22, 1959

Ferry route: Burbank - Honolulu - Nadi - Auckland

Operated first revenue service Auckland - Nadi - Auckland (Captain E .R. Tredrea) - January 01, 1960

TEAL changed its name to Air New Zealand - April 01, 1965

The aircraft was sold to California Airmotive Inc - May 1972

Cancelled from New Zealand Aircraft Register - May 30, 1972

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N33506 - May 30, 1972

Converted to passenger / freighter configuration using parts from Electra c/n 2001 - August 1972

C/n 2001 had crashed on take-off from Hill Air Force Base, Utah - March 19, 1972

Sold to Nordair - September 12, 1972

Entered onto the Canadian Aircraft Register as CF-NAX - September 12, 1972

Withdrawn from use and stored at Cartieville, Canada - May 1976

Sold to American Jet Industries - November 1977

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N63AJ - ?

Sold to Reeve Aleutian Airways - April 04, 1978

Reregistered as N178RV - April 1978

Leased to Northwest Territorial Airways - November 01, 1986

Cancelled from the United States Aircraft Register - ?

Entered onto Canadian Aircraft Register as C-GNWC - April 1987

Returned to Reeve Aleutian Airways on termination of the lease - December 07, 1988

Cancelled from the Canadian Aircraft Register - December 1988

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N178RV - December 1988

Withdrawn from use and stored at Anchorage, Alaska when Reeve suspended operations - April 2001

Sold to Electra Aero Inc - September 04, 2002

Reregistered as N2RK - September 04, 2002

Registered to Electra Aero Inc Trustee, Wilmington, Delaware

Leased to Atlantic Airlines as the registered operator - September 06, 2002

The intended British Registration of 'G-LOFI' was not taken up

Ferried Anchorage - Coventry on delivery to Atlantic Airlines - November 25, 2002

Was to be converted by Atlantic Airways to sprayer configuration for oil polution work but this did not occur

The aircraft remained stored at Coventry, UK

Cancelled from the United States Aircraft Register - August 04, 2010

Entered onto the Canadian Aircraft Register as C-FIJX - August 05, 2010

Registered to Buffalo Airways Ltd, Hay River, NWT

Departed Coventry on the ferry flight to Canada - August 12, 2010

Arrived Red Deer on completion of the ferry flight - August 13, 2010

Ferry route: Coventry - Shannon - Iqaluit - Red Deer

Converted to tanker configuration by Air Spray at Red Deer Industrial Airport, Alberta

Observed at Red Deer awaiting flight testing following conversion - May 22, 2014

To view an interesting YouTube clip on this aircraft please click 'HERE'

 

ZK-TEB. TEAL Jet-Prop - 'Atarau' in the original livery somewhere over the North Island of New Zealand, December 1959.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1808-485.)

ZK-TEB. TEAL Jet-Prop - 'Atarau' in the original livery somewhere over the North Island of New Zealand, December 1959.

(J. Mounce Collection Copyright Image 1808-949.)

ZK-TEB. TEAL Jet-Prop - 'Atarau' in the original livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, March 1964.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1808-494.)

ZK-TEB. Air New Zealand - 'Atarau' in the standard livery at Auckland Airport, March 1966.

(P. Sheehan Collection Copyright Image 1808-782.)

ZK-TEB. Air New Zealand - 'Atarau' in the standard livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, March 1968.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1808-349.)

ZK-TEB. Air New Zealand - 'Atarau' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, September 1968.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 1808-282.)

ZK-TEB. Air New Zealand - 'Atarau' in the standard livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, January 1971.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1808-968.)

ZK-TEB. Air New Zealand - 'Atarau' in the revised livery with additional 'Qantas' titles at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, October 1971.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 1808-283.)

ZK-TEB. Air New Zealand - 'Atarau' in the revised livery with additional 'Qantas' titles at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1972.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 1808-285.)

N33506. Nordair - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, September 1972.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1808-287.)

CF-NAX. Nordair - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, September 1972.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1808-288.)

N178RV. Reeve Aleutian - in the standard livery at Anchorage Airport, July 1979.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1808-289.)

N178RV. Northwest Territorial Cargo - in the basic Reeve livery at an unknown airport, February 1987.

(A. J. Hickey Copyright Image 1808-960.)

C-GNWC. Northwest Territorial Cargo - in the basic Reeve livery at Toronto Pearson International Airport, May 1987.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1808-950.)

C-GNWC. Northwest Territorial Cargo - in the basic Reeve livery at Toronto Pearson International Airport, June 05, 1987.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1808-518.)

N178RV. Reeve Aleutian - in the standard livery at Anchorage Airport, June 1996.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1808-556.)

N2RK. Reeve Illusion - in the basic Reeve livery at Coventry Airport, June 2003.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1808-429.)

C-FIJX. Buffalo - in a modified Reeve livery at Red Deer Airport, June 2013.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1808-954.)