VH-MMS. Fokker F.27-2002. c/n 10139.


 

Ordered new by T.A.A. - 1959

Allocated the registration of 'VH-TFL' but it was not taken up

Entered onto the Dutch Aircraft Register as PH-FBG - November 13, 1959

Registered to NV Kon. Ned. Vliegtuigenfabriek Fokker, Holland

First flown as PH-FBG - November 16, 1959

Sold to Mac.Robertson Miller Airlines - December 07, 1959

Departed Amsterdam (Schiphol) onthe delivery flight to Australia - December 09, 1959

Arrived Perth at the conclusion of the delivery flight as 'VH-TFL' - December 16, 1959

Flight crew: Captains A. Whitham (MMA Chief Pilot), S. Goddard, J. Murray; Navigator L. Thrift

Delivered in the standard Mac.Robertson Miller Airlines 'Jetstream' livery

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-MMS - December 24, 1959

Registered to Mac.Robertson Miller Airlines Ltd

Operated promotional flight Perth - Port Headland - Perth - December 28, 1959

Aircraft named 'Swan' by Mrs Shane Paltridge - December 28, 1959

Cancelled from Dutch Aircraft Register - December 29, 1959

Operated first revenue service Perth - Broome - Port Headland - Derby - December 31, 1959

Flight crew: Captains S. Goddard, K. Beer; F/O N. Dorrington

Aircraft was nicknamed 'The Black Duck' and later 'The Supersonic Duck' by flight crews

It was the first Friendship in the world to reach 10,000 hours

Withdrawn from service for overhaul - September 03 to October 30, 1962

First Friendship in the world to achieve 20,000 hours

Ownership transferred to Ansett Transport Industries - June 08, 1969

Registered to Ansett Transport Industries (Operations) Pty Ltd - September 29, 1969

Withdrawn from M.M.A. service having flown 41,048 hours - January 1972

Transferred to Airlines of South Australia - January 1972

Transferred to Ansett Airlines of Australia - February 1972

Leased to M.M.A. to cover maintenance of F28s - July 08 to August 05, 1977

Ferried Perth - Adelaide on return to Airlines of South Australia - August 06, 1977

Leased to Ansett Airlines of New South Wales - May 26, 1979 to March 01, 1980

Operated inaugural Air N. S. W. Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - Albury - Melbourne (Tullamarine) service - May 4, 1983

Logged the highest hours flown by any Australian registered Friendship - April 1984

Had flown 62,817 hours with 57,170 cycles

Withdrawn from service for repainting into new Ansett 'Southern Cross' livery - November 1984

Operated final revenue service Sydney - Canberra - Melbourne as WX865 (Captain L. Campbell) - October 19, 1987

Flown to Melbourne (Tullamarine - Melbourne (Essendon) for open storage - October 20, 1987

Aircraft had flown 69,982 hours with 64,393 cycles

Estimated to have carried 1,854, 518 passengers during its career

Flown Melbourne (Essendon) - Melbourne (Tullamarine) for storage - January 25, 1989

Returned to service and leased to Air Cruising for a Pacific Islands tour - May 06 - 22, 1991

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - December 06, 1991

Sold to Transpacific Enterprises Inc - December 13, 1991

Entered onto the Peruvian Aircraft Register as OB-1454

Departed Melbourne (Tulamarine) on the ferry flight to Peru in an all-white livery - December 13, 1991

Arrived Lima, Peru at the conclusion of the ferry flight - December 24, 1991

Flight crew: Captain D. Alidga; F/O M. Perochena (son of owner); Engineer J. Falconi

Ferry route: Melboure - Alice Springs - Broome - Denpasar - Seoul - Bangkok - Calcutta - Delhi - Karachi -

Bahrain - Jeddah - Cairo - Athens - Milano - Preswick - Reykjavik - Sondrestromfjord - Goose Bay -

Philadelphia - Miami - Panama City - Guayaquil - Lima

Leased to Expresso Aero SA - December 31, 1991 to February 23, 1994

Aircraft was named 'Salcantay'

Returned to Transpacific Enterprises Inc - October 1993

Ferried to Santiago, Chile for storage - August 03, 1994

Cannibalised for parts - but still relatively intact as of 2003

Had flown 72,020 and 69,478 cycles

 


 

PH-FBG. Mac.Robertson Miller Airlines - in the original livery at Amsterdam, November 1959.

PH-FBG. Mac.Robertson Miller Airlines - in the original livery at Amsterdam, December 1959.

VH-TFL. Mac.Robertson Miller Airlines - in the original livery at Amsterdam Airport, December 1959.

VH-MMS. MMA Jetstream Service - in the final livery at Perth Airport, November 1967.

VH-MMS. MMA Jetstream Service - in the final livery at Perth Airport, January 1968.

VH-MMS. MMA Jetstream Service - in the final livery at Perth Airport, date unknown.

VH-MMS. MMA Jetstream Service - in a modified livery at Perth Airport, date unknown.

VH-MMS. MMA - in the Ansett 'delta' livery at Melbourne Airport, January 1971.

VH-MMS. MMA - in the Ansett 'delta' livery at Narrandara Airport, November 1978.

VH-MMS. Ansett Airlines of Australia - in the 'delta' livery at Melbourne, date unknown.

VH-MMS. Ansett Airlines of Australia - in the 'delta' livery at Sydney Airport, May 1979.

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

VH-MMS. Ansett Airlines of New South Wales - in the 'delta' livery at unknown airport, November 1979.

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

VH-MMS. Ansett Airlines of Australia - in the 'delta' livery at Melbourne Airport, November 1982.
 

 

VH-MMS. Ansett Airlines of Australia - in the 'delta' livery at Melbourne Airport, date unknown.

 

VH-MMS. Ansett - in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Melbourne Airport, January 1985.

VH-MMS. Ansett - in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Melbourne Airport, January 1985.

VH-MMS. Ansett - 'Southern Cross' livery with 'Victoria B'day' decals at Brisbane Airport, November 1985.

VH-MMS. Ansett - 'Southern Cross' livery with 'Victoria B'day' decals at Canberra Airport, November 1985.

VH-MMS. Ansett - 'Southern Cross' livery with 'Victoria B'day' decals at Canberra Airport, November 1985.

VH-MMS. Ansett - in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Brisbane Airport, date unknown.

VH-MMS. Ansett - in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Canberra Airport, January 1986.

VH-MMS. Ansett - in the 'Southern Cross' livery with birthday sticker at Melbourne Airport, March 1986.

VH-MMS. Ansett - in the 'Southern Cross' livery with birthday sticker at Adelaide Airport, April 1986.
 

VH-MMS. Ansett - in the all-white livery without titles at Melbourne Airport, December 1991.

OB-1454. Transpacific - in the all-white livery without titles at Melbourne Airport, December 1991.