VH-FNQ. Fokker F.27-6108. c/n 10315. Was also registered as VH-WAN.


 

Ordered new by Ansett-ANA - October 19, 1965

Entered onto the Dutch Aircraft Register as PH-FKK - December 13, 1966

Registered to NV Kon. Ned. Vliegtuigenfabriek Fokker (CofR 1244)

First flown as PH-FKK - December 13, 1966

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-FNQ - December 16, 1966

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

Aircraft was configured to seat 40 passengers

Accepted by Ansett-ANA at Amsterdam (Schipho)l - December 17, 1966

Departed Amsterdam on the delivery flight to Australia - December 17, 1966

Arrived Melbourne (Essendon) at the conclusion of the delivery flight - December 24, 1966

Delivery route: Amsterdam - Rome - Athens - Beirut - Damascus - Bahrain - Karachi - Delhi - Calcutta - Bangkok -

Singapore - Jakarta - Bali - Darwin - Alice Springs - Melbourne

Flight crew: Captains C. Henry, I. Brown, R. Baker; Navigator P. Smith

Entered service with Ansett-ANA - December 1966

Ansett-ANA changed its name to Ansett Airlines of Australia - November 01, 1968

Aircraft was operated in the standard Ansett-ANA livery until May 1972

Operated some Ansett Airlines of South Australia services - July 1973

Operated joint services with Ansett Airlines of Northern Australia - April 29, 1981 to August 01, 1982

First F.27 to be painted in the new Ansett 'Southern Cross' livery - September 1982

Returned to service in new livery Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Devonport as AN1883 - September 15, 1982

Leased to Ansett Air Freight to operate night freight services - 1983

Operated ad-hoc Air N.S.W. services initially in Ansett titles - July 27, 1984 to March 18, 1988

Operated final Ansett F.27 service Mackay - Hamilton Island - Cairns as AN652 - July 26, 1989

Crew: Captains J. Swift, P. Lomas; F/Es M. Ranson, J. Hudson; Flight Attendents K. Bresman, S de St Jorre

Ferried Cairns - Melbourne (Tullamarine) for storage (Captain Kennedy) - August 21, 1989

Aircraft had flown 47,950 hours

Leased to Safe Air, New Zealand - December 06, 1989

Departed Melbourne (Tullamarine) on the ferry flight to New Zealand as Safeair 27 - December 06, 1989

Ferry route: Melbourne - Sydney - Norfolk Island - Auckland - Blenheim

Flight crew: Captains M. McPhail, T. Allen; LAMEs G. Atkinson, W. Bird

Returned to Ansett at the end of the lease - May 20, 1990

Ferried Blenheim - Melbourne (Tullamarine) as Safeair 28 - May 20, 1990

Ferry route: Blenheim - Auckland - Norfolk Island - Brisbane - Sydney - Melbourne

Aircraft stored at Melbourne (Tullamarine) Airport

Leased to Rex Aviation / Ansett N.Z. - November 01, 1990

Ferried Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Christchurch as Safeair 27 - November 07 - 09, 1990

Ferry route: Melbourne - Sydney - Norfolk Island - Wellington - Christchurch

Flight crew: Captains M. McPhail, A. Allen

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - November 12, 1990

Entered onto the New Zealand Aircraft Register as ZK-TRA - November 12, 1990

Registered to Tasman Pacific Regional Airlines Ltd t/a Rex Aviation (N.Z.) Ltd

Operated in New Zealand by Rex Aviation for Ansett Air Freight

Returned to Ansett Australia atthe end of the lease - ?

Ferried Auckland - Norfolk Island - Coffs Harbour - Melbourne (Essendon) - March 31, 1996

Cancelled from the New Zealand Aircraft Register - April 01, 1996

Leased to Independent Air Freighters - April 01, 1996

Observed at Melbourne (Essendon) Airport in basic Rex livery with 'The West Australian' titles - May 16, 1996

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-WAN - May 22, 1996

Registered to Independent Air Freighters Pty Ltd

Used for freight services by Independent Air for Ansett Air Freight in Western Australia

Ferried Melbourne - Perth - May 25, 1996

Operated first service Perth - Port Headland - Karratha - Paraburdoo - Perth as AN6164/5 - May 27, 1996

Used on 4 return weekly services Perth - Karratha - Port Headland - Paraburdoo - Perth

Operated weekly Perth - Paraburdoo - Karratha - Port Headland - Broome - Paraburdoo - Perth service

Ferried Perth - Brisbane for maintenance - February 20, 2001

Leased to Air Cruising Australia Pty Ltd - April 17, 2001

Entered service with Air Cruising Australia on Brisbane - Sydney - Brisbane route for Ansett Australia Cargo

Operated by Air Cruising Australia until Ansett ceased all operations - September 13, 2001

Ferried Brisbane - Tamworth for storage - September 2001

Included in list of Ansett assets for immediate sale by Ansett Administrator - September 14, 2001

Sold to TAG Aviation, Farnborough, U.K. - April 11, 2007

It was intended to make aircraft servicable and ferry it to the United Kingdom where it was to be fully restored

New owners had 14 days to submit necessary paperwork to CASA but failed to do so

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - June 08, 2007

Aircraft had flown 58,521 hours with 55,614 cycles

Ownership transferred by Ansett Australia Administrators to Queensland Air Museum - August 23, 2008

Q.A.M. plan to restore aircraft to VH-FNQ in Ansett-ANA livery as museum exhibit

Transported by 2 trucks to Caloundra, Queensland - October 31, 2008

Being restored to non-flying museum exhibit

 


 

VH-FNQ. Ansett-ANA - in the final livery at Sydney Airport, December 1970.

VH-FNQ. Ansett-ANA - in the final livery at Canberra Airport, May 1972.

VH-FNQ. Ansett-ANA - in the final livery at Canberra Airport, May 1972.

VH-FNQ. Ansett Airlines of Australia - in the 'delta' livery at Melbourne Airport, August 1975.

VH-FNQ. Ansett Airlines of Australia - in the 'delta' livery at Melbourne Airport, January 1980.

VH-FNQ. Ansett Airlines of Australia - in the 'delta' livery at Melbourne Airport, October 1980.

VH-FNQ. Ansett Airlines of Australia - in the 'delta' livery at Sydney Airport, January 1982.

VH-FNQ. Ansett in the 'Southern Cross' livery somewhere near Melbourne, September 1982.

VH-FNQ. Ansett in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Melbourne Airport, October 1982.

VH-FNQ. Ansett in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Melbourne Airport, October 1982.

VH-FNQ. Ansett in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Melbourne Airport, January 1984.
 

 

VH-FNQ. Ansett - in the 'Southern Cross' livery with 'Victoria birthday' decal at Canberra, November 1985.

 

VH-FNQ. Ansett - in the 'Southern Cross' livery with '50th Birthday' decal at Melbourne, November 1986.

VH-FNQ. Ansett - in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Brisbane Airport, October 1988.

VH-FNQ. Ansett - in basic 'Southern Cross' livery at Melbourne Airport, September 1989.

VH-FNQ. Safe Air Cargo - in basic Ansett livery at Melbourne Airport, December 1989.

 

VH-FNQ. Safe Air Cargo - in basic Ansett livery at Melbourne Airport, December 1989.

ZK-RTA. Rex Aviation - in the white livery, location and date unknown.

ZK-RTA. Ansett Air Freight - in the full livery at Wellington Airport, February 1996.

ZK-RTA. Ansett Air Freight - in the basic livery without titles at Melbourne Airport, April 1996.

VH-WAN. Independent Air - in basic 'Air Freight' livery at Brisbane Airport, April 1996.

VH-WAN. The West Australian - in the basic 'Air Freight' livery at Brisbane Airport, January 1998.

VH-WAN. QAM - in the all-white livery on the M1 Motorway at Morayfield, October 2008.