VH-TFK. Fokker F.27-2002. c/n 10138.


 

This aircraft was originally intended for Iranian Oil Exploration Company but was not taken up

Last of five Friendships ordered new by Trans Australia Airlines - December 5, 1957

Entered onto Dutch Aircraft Register as PH-FBF (CofR 691) - November 3, 1959

Registered to NV Kon. Ned. Vliegtuigenfabriek Fokker

First flown as PH-FBF - November 4, 1959

Accepted by Trans Australia Airlines at Schiphol - November 30, 1959

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-TFK - November 30, 1959

Registered to Australian National Airlines Commission

Departed Amsterdam on delivery flight to Australia - December 1, 1959

Arrived at Melbourne (Essendon) Airport at conclusion of delivery flight - December 9, 1959

Delivery route: Amsterdam - Rome - Athens - Beriut - Damascus - Bahrain - Karachi - Bombay - Calcutta -

Bangkok - Saigon - Labuan - Davao - Biak - Darwin - Alice Springs - Canberra - Melbourne

Flight crew: Captains M. H. King, J. P. Allan; Navigator Captain C. O. White

Aircraft named 'Charles Throsby'

Operated first revenue service - December 17, 1959

Withdrawn from service and prepared for lease to Associated Airlines, Melbourne - December 1959

Test flown at Melbourne (Essendon) with executive interior - December 31, 1959

Leased to Associated Airlines, Melbourne - January 1, 1960

Aircraft named 'Silver Friendship'

Badly damaged in landing accident at Mackay, Queensland - January 22, 1960

Accident was result of the nose gear failing to lock into position for landing

During landing roll the starboard main landing gear collapsed

This caused extensive damage to the starboard wing, engine and airframe

Repaired including the fitting of a new starboard wing before aircraft re-entered service

Officially cancelled from the Dutch Aircraft Register - April 5, 1960

Returned to Trans Australia Airlines at end of lease - December 9, 1960

Operated first service with Trans Australia Airlines - December 17, 1960

Transferred to New Guinea operations - October 12, 1969

Repainted into the 'blue tail' livery at Brisbane Airport - November 1969

Was the 3rd T.A.A. Friendship to be repainted into the new livery

Aircraft was renamed 'Kieta' - July 13, 1970

Leased to Air Niugini - October 1, 1973

Sold to Papua New Guinea National Airlines t/a Air Niugini - 1974

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - June 1, 1974

Entered onto the Papua New Guinea Aircraft Register as P2-TFK - June 1, 1974

Registered to Papua New Guinea National Airlines

Rolled out at Lae in full Air Niugini livery - August 7, 1974

Reregistered P2-AND - November 11, 1975

Sold to Connair Pty Ltd - June 15, 1979

Ferried Port Moresby - Alice Springs on delivery to Connair - July 10, 1979

Cancelled from the Papua New Guinea Aircraft Register - July 1979

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-TFK - August 1, 1979

Registered to Custom Credit Corporation (CofR 3249)

Leased to Connair Pty Ltd as registered operator

Operated first Connair revenue service Alice Springs - Ayers Rock - August 24, 1979

Transferred to East West Airlines when airlines merged - February 24, 1980

Registered to East-West Airlines (Operations) Ltd - March 26, 1980

Leased to Wards Express - April 1980 to December 1980

Leased to Wards Express - January 20, 1981

Returned to East West at end of lease - November 1, 1981

Withdrawn from East West service at Tamworth - February 7, 1984

Export Certificate of Airworthiness (EN240) issued - February 9, 1984

Departed Tamworth on ferry flight to Holland - February 17, 1984

Arrived Amsterdam and at conclusion of ferry flight - February 23, 1984

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - February 24, 1984

Sold to Fokker BV - February 28, 1984

Stored at Ypenburg - 1984 to 1985

Sold to the Dutch Government for donation to the Bolivian Government - March 14, 1985

Entered onto the Dutch Aircraft Register as PH-FBF - April 9, 1985

Registered to KNV Fokker BV (CofR 3416)

Donated by the Bolivian Government to Lloyd Aero Boliviano SA - May 10, 1985

Export Certificate of Airworthiness issue (E867) - August 1, 1985

Departed Amsterdam on delivery flight to Bolivia - August 3, 1985

Arrived Cochabamba, Bolivia at conclusion of delivery flight - August 9, 1985

Entered onto the Bolivian Aircraft Register as CP-2013 - August 12, 1985

Registered to Lloyd Aero Boliviano SA

Cancelled from the Dutch Aircraft Register - August 13, 1985

Aircraft was named 'Reina Beatrix'

Sustained damage when nose-wheel collapsed during landing at Guayaramin - December 25, 1986

Aircraft repaired and renamed 'Guataramin' before returning to service

Observed at Trinidad now named 'Cobya' - October 11, 2002

Withdrawn from use at Cochabamba - December 2004

Observed stored at Cochamba without registration - March 18, 2005

Observed stored at Cochabamba in white-grey livery without registration - April 2005

Intended return to service with FAB was not taken up and aircraft remained stored at Cochabamba

Observed stored at Cochabamba in Fuerza Aerea Boliviano (FAB) livery without registration - January 22, 2006

Observed in FAB livery at Cochabamba - October 22, 2006

Lloyd Aereo Boliviano ceased operations - April 1, 2007

Observed stored at Cochabamba in FAB livery without registration - June 6, 2010

Purchased by Ejercito de Boliviano (Bolivian Army) at auction - January 2011

Observed in Ejercito de Bolivia livery - 2011

Observed at Santa Cruz de la Sierra (El Trompillo) - November 14, 2011

Registered to the Bolivian Army as 'EB-91' - ?

Current with the Bolivian Army

 


 

VH-TFK. Trans Australia Airlines - in the original 'dayglow' livery at Essendon Airport, December 1959.

VH-TFK. Associated Airlines - in the original TAA 'dayglow' livery at Essendon Airport, December 1959.

VH-TFK. Associated Airlines - in the original TAA 'dayglow' livery at Essendon Airport, December 1959.

VH-TFK. Associated Airlines - in the basic TAA 'dayglow' livery at Mackay Airport, January 1960.

VH-TFK. Associated Airlines - in the basic TAA 'dayglow' livery at Lawn Hill, August 1960.

VH-TFK. Associated Airlines - in the basic TAA 'dayglow' livery at Lawn Hill, August 196

VH-TFK. Associated Airlines - in the basic TAA 'dayglow' livery at Lawn Hill, August 1960.

VH-TFK. Associated Airlines - in the basic TAA 'dayglow' livery at Essendon Airport, October 1960.

VH-TFK. TAA The Nation's Jetline - in the modified 'dayglow' livery at Essendon Airport, date unknown.

VH-TFK. TAA The Nation's Jetline - in the modified 'dayglow' livery, location & date unknown.

 

VH-TFK. TAA Airlines of New Guinea - in the 'blue tail' livery at Essendon Airport, October 1970.

P2-AND. Air Niugini - in the full livery at Melbourne's Tullamarine Airport, March 1979.

VH-TFK. Conair - in the basic Air Niugini livery at Alice Springs Airport, December 1979.
VH-TFK. Conair - in the basic Air Niugini livery at Alice Springs Airport, December 1979.

VH-TFK. Wards Express - in the basic Air Niugini livery at Brisbane Airport, April 1980.

VH-TFK. Wards Express - in the basic Air Niugini livery at Brisbane Airport, May 1980.

VH-TFK. Wards Express - in the basic Air Niugini livery at Cairns Airport, December 1980.

VH-TFK. East West - in the basic Air Niugini livery at Sydney Airport, January 1981.

VH-TFK. East West - in the basic Air Niugini livery at Brisbane Airport, April 1981.

VH-TFK. East West - in the basic Air Niugini livery at Sydney Airport, June 1981.

VH-TFK. East West - in the 'blue tail' livery at Sydney Airport, January 1982.

VH-TFK. East West - in the 'blue tail' livery at Melbourne's Tullamarine Airport, August 1982.

VH-TFK. East West - in the 'blue tail' livery at Canberra Airport, January 1983.
 

 

VH-TFK. East West - in the 'blue tail' livery at Brisbane Airport, date unknown.

 

PH-FBF. Lloyd Aereo Boliviano - in the original livery at Amsterdam, July 1985.

CP-2013. Lloyd Aereo Boliviano - in the original livery at unknown airport, September 1986.

CP-2013. Lloyd Aereo Boliviano - in the new livery at Cochabamba Airport, date unknown.