VH-TQT. Fokker F.27-6187. c/n 10458.


Registration PH-FRI reserved by Fokker but not used - May 28, 1970

Entered onto Dutch Aircraft Register as PH-EXB - April 1971

Registered to Fokker - VFW N.V.

First flown - April 21, 1971

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-TQT - April 28, 1971

Cancelled from the Dutch Aircraft Register - April 29, 1971

Accepted by Trans Australia Airlines at Schiphol - April 29, 1971

Painted in the 'blue tail' livery by Fokker before aircraft was delivered

Was the 18th T.A.A. Friendship to be painted in the new livery

Departed Schiphol on delivery flight to Australia - April 29, 1971

Arrived Melbourne at conclusion of delivery flight - May 7, 1971

Flight crew: Capts G. Lushey, N.K. Pascoe; Engineer B. Jackson

Aircraft named 'Thomas Mitchell'

Operated its first revenue service - May 14, 1971

Was the first commercial airliner to land at Darwin Airport after Cyclone Tracy - December 26, 1974

Arriving as flight AN556 Alice Springs-Darwin it then evacuated 57 people to Brisbane

Flight crew: Capt R. Vuillermin; F/O T. Burgess; Hostesses D. Marker, M. Willis

Believed to be a record for the number of people in a single uplift by a Friendship

Transferred to Air Queensland - September 1986

Registered to Air Queensland Ltd - January 26, 1987

Returned to Trans Australia Airlines - April 1988

Registered to Australian National Airlines Commission - April 30, 1988

Ownership was transferred to Australian Airlines - July 11, 1988

Leased to Air North - October 30, 1989 to December 11, 1989

Sub-leased to Spirit Airlines - November 1, 1989

Leased to Air North - December 12, 1989 to May 19, 1990

Leased to Australian Regional Airlines (QLD) Pty Ltd - May 19, 1990

Operated its final revenue service Thursday Island-Cairns as TN1507 - April 5, 1991

This was the final commercial service operated by a Friendship for T.A.A.

Ferried Cairns-Brisbane and placed in open storage

Ownership transferred to Qantas Airways Ltd - December 8, 1993

Sold to International Air Parts - February 13, 1995

Lease to Milne Bay Air did not take place - March 1996

Remained in storage at Brisbane Airport and advertised for sale at $1.4 million

Aircraft had flown 36,892 hours with 36,085 cycles

Operated a special Christmas mail flight for Australia Post - December 24, 1996

Ferried Brisbane-Sydney (Bankstown) for maintenance

Sold to Indonesian Air Transport - June 1997

Ferried Bankstown-Tamworth for painting - June 17, 1997

Ferried Tamworth-Brisbane for Indonesian Air Transport - August 21, 1997

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - October 22, 1997

Entered onto the Indonesian Aircraft Register as PK-TSL

Departed Brisbane on delivery flight - October 28, 1997

Delivery route: Brisbane-Charlieville-Mount Isa-Darwin-Jakarta

Withdrawn from I.A.T. service and stored at Halim - 2003

Sold to Asia Avia - March 2004

Reregistered as PK-YYC

Aircraft named 'Rengal'


VH-TQT. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - in the 'blue-tail' livery at Canberra Airport, July 1978.

VH-TQT. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - in the 'blue-tail' livery at Melbourne Airport, October 1980.

VH-TQT. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - in the 'blue-tail' livery at Melbourne Airport, January 1981.

VH-TQT. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - in the 'blue-tail' livery at Melbourne Airport, December 1981.

VH-TQT. TAA Trans Australia - in the 'camel hump' livery at Brisbane Airport, August 1984.

VH-TQT. TAA Trans Australia - in the 'camel hump' livery at Melbourne Airport, December 1984.

VH-TQT. TAA Trans Australia - in the 'camel hump' livery at Melbourne Airport, January 1985.

VH-TQT. TAA Trans Australia - in the 'camel hump' livery at Brisbane Airport, date unknown.

VH-TQT. TAA Trans Australia - in the 'camel hump' livery at Brisbane Airport, date unknown.

VH-TQT. TAA Trans Australia - in the 'camel hump' livery at Brisbane Airport, date unknown.

VH-TQT. TAA Trans Australia - in the 'camel hump' livery at Melbourne Airport, January 1985.

VH-TQT. Trans Australia - in the 'camel hump' livery & 'Americas Cup' at Canberra Airport, January 1985.

VH-TQT. TAA Trans Australia - in the basic livery at Melbourne Airport, May 1986.

VH-TQT. TAA Trans Australia - in the basic livery at Melbourne Airport, May 1986.

VH-TQT. Air Queensland - in basic Trans Australia livery at Brisbane Airport, date unknown.

VH-TQT. Air Queensland - in basic Trans Australia livery at Brisbane Airport, September 1986.

VH-TQT. Air Queensland - in basic Trans Australia livery at Cairns Airport, October 1987.

VH-TQT. Air Queensland - in basic Trans Australia livery at Melbourne Airport, October 1987.

VH-TQT. Air Queensland - in basic Trans Australia livery at Melbourne Airport, October 1987.

VH-TQT. TAA Trans Australia - in a modified 'camel hump' livery at Brisbane Airport, date unknown.

VH-TQT. TAA Trans Australia - in a modified 'camel hump' livery at Brisbane Airport, date unknown.

VH-TQT. Australian - in the final livery at Cairns Airport, September 1988.

VH-TQT. Australian - in the basic livery at Brisbane Airport, date unknown.

VH-TQT. Spirit Air - in the basic Australian livery at Brisbane Airport, November 1989.

VH-TQT. Australian - in the basic livery without titles at Brisbane Airport, April 1993.

VH-TQT. MBA - in a modified Australian livery at Brisbane Airport, May 1996.

VH-TQT. MBA - in a modified Australian livery at Brisbane Airport, May 1996.

PK-TSL. Indonesia Air Transport - in the full livery at Brisbane Airport, January 1998.

PK-TSL. Indonesia Air Transport - in the full livery at Jakarta Airport, February 1998.

PK-TSL. Indonesia Air Transport - in the full livery at Jakarta Airport, date unknown.