VH-EWP. Fokker F.27-5229. c/n 10534.

 

Aircraft ordered new by East West Airlines - April 24, 1975

First flown as PH-EXW - July 26, 1976

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-EWP - September 09, 1976

Registered to Pacific & Western Aviation Company

Accepted by East West at Amsterdam (Schiphol) - September 09, 1976

Departed Amsterdam (Schiphol) on the delivery flight to Australia - September 10, 1976

Arrived Tamworth on comopletion of the delivery flight - September 16, 1976

Operated first revenue service - December 01, 1976

Modified with long range tanks and seating for 44 - 46 passengers for services to Norfolk Island

Registered to East West Airlines (Operations) Pty Ltd - March 09, 1977

Aircraft named 'Norfolk Island' in the naming ceremony at Norfolk Island - March 30, 1977

Withdrawn from service and stored Tamworth - May 22, 1989.

Sold to Royal Australian Navy as 'VH-EWP' for defence contract work - May 17, 1989

Modified for the Department of Defence for coastal 'LADS' mapping

This conversion took some 4,500 man-hours to complete

Leased to Air Cruising Australia - October 19 to November 25, 1989

Sold to BHP Engineering - January 20, 1992

Registered to Associated Airlines Pty Ltd - February 28, 1992

Registered to Department of Defence - March 24, 1992

Registered to Associated Airlines - May 05, 1992

Registered to Executive Airlines Engineering Pty Ltd - February 18, 2000

Registered to Department of Defence (Navy) - June 27, 2006

Aircraft had flown 43,547 hours with 29,258 cycles - May 31, 2007

Operated last survey flight from Cairns - September 10, 2009

Ferried Cairns - Adelaide - September 12, 2009

Operated last Royal Australian Navy survey flight off the South Australian coastline - September 15, 2009

The LADS laser equipment was removed from the aircraft at Adelaide

Ferried Adelaide - Melbourne (Essendon) for maintenance - September 18, 2009

Ferried Melbourne (Essendon) - Adelaide - November 09, 2009

The LADS laser equipment from de Havilland DHC-8 'VH-LCL' was fitted to the aircraft

Ferried Adelaide - Melbourne (Essendon) - December 18, 2009

Registered to Fugro LADS Corporation, Adelaide - January 17, 2010

Returned to service off the Victorian coastline - January 2010

Departed Melbourne (Essendon) on the ferry flight to Qatar - February 2010

Acquired 'Fugro' decals whilst undertaking survey work for Dutch company Funderingstechnieken en Grondmechanica

Returned to Australia to undertake survey work in northern Australia - March 2010

Departed Adelaide on a ferry flight to Martinque - April 22, 2010

Arrived Rotterdam on completion of the ferry flight - May 07, 2010

Ferry route: Adelaide - Broome - Denpasar - Seletar -Medan - ? - Rotterdam

Ferried Rotterdam - Maastricht for maintenance - May 19, 2010

Observed at Edinburgh on the ferry flight to Martinique - May 22, 2010

Observed at San Juan (Puerto Rico) - June 25, 2010

Observed at Woensdrecht - September 30, 2010

Observed at San Juan (Puerto Rico) - February 08, 2011

Operated final survey flight from Guadeloupe - March 26, 2011

As the aircraft required a 'D' check and Fugro were not prepared to cover the expense of returning it to Australia

Ferried Guadeloupe - Opa Locka for retirement - March 27, 2011

Sold to International Air Prts for scrapping - March 31, 2011

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - April 14, 2011

Observed at Opa Locka being broken up - May 04, 2011

 

PH-EXW. East-West - in the standard livery somewhere over Holland, July 1976.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1999-451.)

PH-EXW. East-West - in the standard livery somewhere over Holland, July 1976.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1999-082.)

PH-EXW. East-West - in the standard livery at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, July 1976.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1993-257.)

VH-EWP. East-West - in the standard livery at Tamworth Airport, November 1976.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1999-043.)

VH-EWP. East-West - 'Norfolk Island' in the standard livery at Tamworth Airport, November 1976.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1999-043.)

VH-EWP. East-West - 'Norfolk Island' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1978.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 1999-206.)

VH-EWP. East-West - 'Norfolk Island' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, May 1979.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 1999-090.)

VH-EWP. East-West - 'Norfolk Island' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, May 1979.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 1999-342.)

VH-EWP. East-West - 'Norfolk Island' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, May 1979.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 1999-207.)

VH-EWP. East-West - 'Norfolk Island' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1980.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 1999-672.)

VH-EWP. East-West - 'Norfolk Island' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1980.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 1999-368.)

VH-EWP. East-West - 'Norfolk Island' in the standard livery with additional 'Our 10th Year Flying To The Sunshine Coast' titles at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, April 1980.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 1993-574.)

VH-EWP. East-West - 'Norfolk Island' in the standard livery with additional 'Our 10th Year Flying To The Sunshine Coast' titles at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, May 1980.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 1999-209.)

VH-EWP. East-West - 'Norfolk Island' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1983.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 1999-669.)

VH-EWP. East-West - 'Norfolk Island' in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, January 1983.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 1999-670.)

VH-EWP. East-West - 'Norfolk Island' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1983.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 1999-671.)

VH-EWP. East-West - in the final livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, November 1984.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 1999-674.)

VH-EWP. East-West - in the final livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1985.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 1999-673.)

VH-EWP. East-West - in the final livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1985.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 1999-325.)

VH-EWP. East-West - in the final livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, July 1985.

(G. Bennett Copyright Image 1993-265.)

VH-EWP. Australian Navy - in the standard livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, March 1994.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1999-675.)

VH-EWP. Australian Navy - in the standard livery at Cairns Airport, September 1999.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1999-676.)

VH-EWP. Australian Navy - in the standard livery at Cairns Airport, September 1999.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1999-677.)

VH-EWP. Australian Navy - in the standard livery near Cairns, February 2000.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1999-692.)

VH-EWP. Australian Navy - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, date unknown.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1993-163.)

VH-EWP. Australian Navy - in the revised livery at Cairns Airport, date unknown.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1993-044.)