VH-TFL. Fokker F.27-2081. c/n 10284.


Ordered new by Trans Australia Airlines - November 10, 1964

Entered onto the Dutch Aircraft Register as PH-FIB (CofR1083) - September 24, 1965

Registered to NV Kon. Ned. Vliegtuigenfabriek Fokker

First flown as PH-FIB - September 27, 1965

Accepted by Trans Australia Airlines at Schiphol - October 11, 1965

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-TFL - October 11, 1965

Registered to Australian National Airlines Commission

Cancelled from the Dutch Aircraft Register - October 12, 1965

Departed Amsterdam on delivery flight to Australia - October 12, 1965

Arrived Melbourne at conclusion of delivery flight - October 19, 1965

Aircraft originally named 'Robert Burke' but renamed 'William Lawson'

Operated first revenue service - November 14, 1965

Repainted into the 'blue tail' livery at Essendon Airport - January 1971

Was the 17th T.A.A. Friendship to be repainted into the new livery

Transferred to New Guinea operations in 1972 but moved back to the mainland - July 13, 1973

Chartered by Queensland Branch of the Aviation Historical Society of Australia - June 10, 1979

Used to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the first trans-Pacific flight by Charles Kingsford-Smith

It re-enacted the first Australian landfall of the 'Southern Cross' over Ballina, N.S.W.

Sold to East West Airlines as VH-TFL - November 22, 1981

Delivered to East West at Tamworth - November 30, 1981

Registered to East West Airlines (Operations) Pty Ltd - February 26, 1982

Withdrawn from service at Tamworth - September 11, 1984

Sold to Fokker BV

Departed Tamworth on delivery flight to The Netherland - September 27, 1984

Arrived Amsterdam at conclusion of ferry flight - October 3, 1984

Ferried Amsterdam-Ypenburg for storage - October 4, 1984

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - November 2, 1984

Entered onto the Dutch Aircraft Register as PH-FIB - November 8, 1985

Registered to Fokker BV

Sold to Fokker Aircraft USA, Inc - November 19, 1985

Sold to Mesaba Aviation, Inc - November 19, 1985

Entered onto the U.S. Aircraft Register as N268MA - November 20, 1985

Export Certificate of Airworthiness (E887) issued - November 21, 1985

Departed Ypenburg on delivery flight to Mesaba Aviation t/a Northwest Orient Airlink - November 22, 1985

Withdrawn from use and stored at McCarran Field, Las Vegas - April 1, 1994

Ferried to Hamilton Airport, Tucson, AZ for storage - October 24, 1994

Sold to Airways Aviation Centre - July 31, 1995

Sold to Eagle Jet Charter inc - July 29, 1996

Parting out commenced at McCarran Field, Las Vegas - July 31, 1996

Used as a source of spare parts for the airline's other Friendships

Cancelled from the U.S. Aircraft Register - September 10, 1997

Aircraft had flown 53,946 hours with 60,602 cycles

Fuselage donated to the Fire Academy, Elko, Nevada - 1997


VH-TFL. TAA The Nation's Jetline - in the 'white tail' livery at Brisbane Airport, date unknown.

VH-TFL. TAA - in the modified 'white-tail' livery at Sydney Airport, date unknown.

VH-TFL. TAA - in the modified 'white tail' livery at Mt Isa Airport, January 1970.

VH-TFL. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - in the 'blue tail' livery Melbourne Airport, March 1977.

VH-TFL. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - in the 'blue tail' livery at Melbourne Airport, January 1978.

VH-TFL. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - in its final livery at Sydney Airport, December 1978.

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

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

VH-TFL. East West - in the 'blue tail' livery at Melbourne Airport, November 1982.

VH-TFL. East West - in the 'blue tail' livery at Brisbane Airport, October 1983.

N268MA. Northwest Orient Airlink - in the old livery at unknown airport, May 1989.

N268MA. Northwest Orient Airlink - in the old livery at unknown airport, June 1989.

N268MA. Northwest Airlink - in the old livery at McCarran Field, November 1996.