VH-FCF. Fokker F.27-5234F. c/n 10560.


 

Entered onto the Dutch Aircraft Register as PH-EXL with export registration E-595 - April 06, 1977

Registered to Fokker VFW BV, Schiphol Oost

This aircrast was originally intended for ARAMCO but was not taken up

First flown as PH-EXL - August 09, 1977

Cancelled from the Dutch Aircraft Register - August 26, 1977

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-FCF - August 29, 1977

Registered to Ansett Transport Industries (Operations) Pty Ltd, Melbourne

Accepted by Ansett Airlines of New South Wales at Amsterdam (Schipho)l - August 30, 1977

Departed Amsterdam on the delivery flight to Australia - August 30, 1977

Arrived Melbourne (Tullamarine) at the conclusion of the delivery flight - September 05, 1977

Delivery route: Amsterdam - Belgrade - Ankara - Teheran - Dubai - Karachi - Delhi - Calcutta - Bangkok -

Singapore (Seletar) - Denpasar - Darwin - Alice Springs - Melbourne

Flight crew: Captains I. Brown, I. Strother; F/O S. R. Harrison-Williams; Navigator B. S. McEwan;

LAME L. Parrish; Ansett Rep at Fokker D. Findlay; Ansett Performance Engineer P. Payne

Operated first revenue service (Captain I. Strother; F/O M. Kelly) - September 19, 1977

The aircraft was perated in two versions of 'Sunshine' livery until 1981

Transferred to Ansett but continued to operate Air N. S .W. services - March 13, 1988

Operated the final Air N. S. W. service Brisbane - Coolangatta - Newcastle - Sydney - March 18, 1988

Operated the final Ansett service Wagga Wagga - Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - July 26, 1988

Ferried Sydney - Melbourne (Tullamarine- CaptainI. Deed) and placed in storage - July 30, 1988

Aircraft had flown 27,416 hours with 26,309 landings

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - December 15, 1988

Inspected by Mesaba Airlines technical staff at Melbourne to identify what would be needed to bring

the aircraft to the United States F. A. A. and Mesaba standards - December 1988

Aircraft was fitted with special long-range fuel tanks at Melbourne (Tullamarine) - December 1988

Issued the temporary registration marks 'N284MA' - December 1988

Sold to Northwest Aircraft Inc - December 22, 1988

Departed Melbourne on the ferry flight to the United States as 'N284MA' - December 22, 1988

This flight was conducted by non-Ansett flight crew

Arrived Harrisburg, PA at the conclusion of the ferry flight - December 29, 1988

Underwent complete 'D' check at Harrisburg

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N284MA - July 1989

Ferried Harrisburg - Minneapolis (St Paul) to undergo further inspection by Mesaba - July 11, 1989

Leased to Mesaba Airlines but was operated in the Northwest Airlink livery

Operated first revenue service with Mesaba - August 01, 1989

Withdrawn from use and returned to Dutch Asset Leasing Company - September 1994

Placed in storage at Kingman, Arizona

Sold to Eagle Canyon Airlines - December 05, 1996

Leased to Eagle Jet Charter trading as Scenic Airlines as the registered operator

Leased to Turismo Aereo, Panama - May 2005

Entered onto the Panamanian Aircraft Register as HP-1542PS - ?

Turismo Aereo purchased the operating licence of the defunct Air Panama - September 2005

Reregistered HP-1542PST - October 2005

Registered to Air Panama

Operated by Air Costa Rica in the standard Air Panama livery - March 2006

Advertised for sale as of mid-2007

Current

 


 

VH-FCF. Ansett Airlines of New South Wales - in the 'delta' livery prior to delivery, August 1977.

VH-FCF. Ansett Airlines of New South Wales - in the 'delta' livery prior to delivery, August 1977.

VH-FCF. Ansett Airlines of New South Wales - in the 'delta' livery at Sydney Airport, January 1978.

VH-FCF. Ansett Airlines of New South Wales - in the 'delta' livery at Sydney Airport, January 1979.

VH-FCF. Ansett Airlines of New South Wales - in the 'delta' livery at Sydney Airport, May 1979.

VH-FCF. Ansett Airlines of New South Wales - in the 'delta' livery at Sydney Airport, May 1979.
 

 

VH-FCF. Ansett Airlines of New South Wales - in the 'delta' livery at Melbourne Airport, November 1979..

 

VH-FCF. Ansett Airlines of N.S.W. - in the original 'Sunshine' livery at Sydney Airport, April 1980.

VH-FCF. Ansett Airlines of N.S.W. - in the original 'Sunshine' livery at Sydney Airport, April 1980.

VH-FCF. Ansett Airlines of N.S.W. - in the original 'Sunshine' livery at Sydney Airport, April 1980.

VH-FCF. Ansett Airlines of N.S.W. - in the modified 'Sunshine' livery at Hervey Bay Airport, April 1980.

VH-FCF. Ansett Airlines of N.S.W. - in the modified 'Sunshine' livery at Sydney Airport, May 1980.

VH-FCF. Ansett Airlines of N.S.W. - in the modified 'Sunshine' livery at Sydney Airport, May 1980.

VH-FCF. Ansett Airlines of N.S.W. - in the modified 'Sunshine' livery at Sydney Airport, January 1981.

 

VH-FCF. Air New South Wales - in the 'canary' livery at Melbourne Airport, date unknown.

VH-FCF. Air New South Wales - in the 'canary' livery at Sydney Airport, September 1981.

VH-FCF. Air New South Wales - in the 'canary' livery at Canberra Airport, November 1981.

VH-FCF. Air New South Wales - in the 'canary' livery at Melbourne Airport, November 1981.
 

 

VH-FCF. Air New South Wales - in the 'canary' livery at Sydney Airport, April 1985.

 

VH-FCF. Air N.S.W. - in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Melbourne Airport, December 1986.

VH-FCF. Air N.S.W. - in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Sydney Airport, January 1987.

VH-FCF. Air N.S.W. - in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Melbourne Airport, February 1988.

VH-FCF. Air N.S.W. - in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Melbourne Airport, June 1988.

VH-FCF. Air N.S.W. - in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Melbourne Airport, August 1988.

VH-FCF. Air N.S.W. - in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Melbourne Airport, date unknown.

N284MA. Mesaba - in basic Ansett 'Southern Cross' livery at Melbourne Airport, December 1988.

N284MA. Mesaba - in basic Ansett 'Southern Cross' livery at Melbourne Airport, December 1988.

N284MA. Mesaba - in basic Ansett 'Southern Cross' livery at Melbourne Airport, December 1988.
 

 

N284MA. Mesaba - in basic Ansett 'Southern Cross' livery at Melbourne Airport, December 1988.

 

N284MA. Northwest Airlink - in the original livery at unknown airport, April 1990.

N284MA. Eagle - in the standard livery at unknown airport, March 1999.

N284MA. Eagle - in the standard livery at unknown airport, March 1999.
 

HP-1542PST. Air Panama - in the standard livery at unknown airport, January 2008.