VH-FKJ. Fokker F28-4163. c/n 11186. Was also registered as: VH-EWH.


 

Entered onto the Dutch Aircraft Register with temporary registration E-756 / PH-EXS - June 29, 1982

Registered to NV Kon. Ned. Vliegtuigenfabriek Fokker

First flown as PH-EXS - July 2, 1982

Sold to Ansett Transport Industries for use by Airlines of Western Australia - December 1982

Cancelled from the Dutch Aircraft Register - December 8, 1982

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-FKJ - December 8, 1982

Registered to Ansett Transport Industries (Operations) Pty Ltd

Aircraft was configured with 69 economy seats

Accepted by Ansett at Schiphol - December 10, 1982

Departed Amsterdam on delivery flight to Australia - December 10, 1982

Arrived Perth at conclusion of delivery flight - December 14, 1982

Delivery route: Amsterdam - Brindisi - Cairo - Bahrain - Dubai - Muscat - Bombay - Calcutta - Bangkok - Singapore -

Denpasar - Port Headland - Perth

Flight crew: Captains B. Poole, K. Marshall, D. Williamson; Navigator B. S. McEwen; Engineer P. Kember

Aircraft was named 'RMA Goldfields'

Operated first revenue service - December 20, 1982

Departed Perth on returned to Fokker, Woensdrecht for refurbishment - October 6, 1984

Modifications included the fitment of a centre fuel tank, new cabin with Atlas galley and repaint

Departed Woensdrecht of return ferry flight - December 11, 1984

Operated final revenue service for Airlines of Western Australia - December 3, 1988

Ferried Perth - Tamworth on delivery to East West Airlines - December 4 - 5, 1988

Repainted into East West livery at Tamworth

Operated first revenue service with East West - December 12, 1988

Reregistered as VH-EWH - January 30, 1989

Ferried Tamworth - Adelaide - Perth on return to Ansett W.A. - August 17, 1990

Returned to service with Ansett W.A. - August 18, 1990

Reregistered as VH-FKJ - August 28, 1990

Departed Perth on return to Fokker at Schiphol for fuel tank modifications - October 6, 1990

Extra fuel was required to operate Perth - Cocos Islands - Christmas Islands - Perth route

Aircraft was also repainted into full Ansett W.A. livery

Transferred to Ansett Australia when Ansett W.A. operations were merged - July 1, 1993

Operated final revenue service Karratha - Perth as AN329 - March 19, 1999

Ferried Perth - Melbourne as AN4406 for storage - March 21, 1999

Livery and company titles removed - June 1999

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - October 19, 2001

Aircraft had flown 42,764 hours with 34,857 cycles

Sold to Universal Asset Management, Memphis, Tennessee - October 2001

Sold to International Air Parts (IAP), Sydney - October 2001

Intended to become a source of spares to rebuild VH-FKI

Engines were removed - November 2001

Stripped of all useful components - March 2002

Remains were dumped outside fire station at Tullamarine Airport

Remains were moved to the entrance of the golf course near Runway 34 - July 23, 2002

Moved again to be near Gate A on Sunbury Road with fictitious registration 'VH-SRX' - August 2002

Fictitious registration was mysteriously changed to 'VH-SEX'

Remains were used for fire-fighting exercises by Tullamaine Airport Fire Department

Current starus - ?

 


 

VH-FKJ. Airlines of Western Australia - in the full livery at Perth Airport, October 1983.

VH-FKJ. Airlines of Western Australia - in the full livery at Perth Airport, April 1984.

VH-FKJ. Ansett W.A.- in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Sydney Airport, April 1986

VH-FKJ. East West - in the modified livery at Brisbane Airport, December 1988.

VH-FKJ. East West - in the modified livery at Sydney Airport, January 1989.

VH-EWH. East West - in the modified livery at Brisbane Airport, May 1989.

VH-EWH. East West - in the modified livery at Canberra Airport, February 1990.

VH-FKJ. Ansett - in the all-white livery at Perth Airport, November 1990.

VH-FKJ. Ansett W.A. - in the 'Union Jack' livery at Cairns Airport, date unknown.

VH-FKJ. Ansett W.A. - in the 'Union Jack' livery at Brisbane Airport, March 1992.

VH-FKJ. Ansett W.A. - in the 'Union Jack' livery at Brisbane Airport, December 1992.

VH-FKJ. Ansett W.A. - in the 'Union Jack' livery at Perth Airport, November 1993.
VH-FKJ. Ansett Australia - in the 'Starmark' livery at an unknown airport, June 1995.
VH-FKJ. Ansett Australia - in the 'Starmark' livery at Perth Airport, January 1998.
VH-FKJ. Ansett Australia - in the 'Starmark' livery at Melbourne Airport, May 1999.

 

VH-FKJ. Ansett Australia - in the basic 'Starmark' livery at Melbourne Airport, June 1999.