VH-EAA. Lockheed L-1049E Constellation. c/n 4580.


 

Built as an L-1049E-55-81 but converted during construction to L-1049E-01-82-119

First flown at Burbank - February 22, 1955

Entered onto Australian Aircraft Register as VH-EAA - February 24, 1955

Registered to Qantas Empire Airways Ltd

Aircraft was named 'Southern Sea'

Accepted by Qantas at Burbank - February 26, 1955

The U. S. Certificate of Export 'E-27666' issued - February 28, 1955

Departed Burbank, California on delivery flight to Australia - March 01, 1955

Arrived Sydney at conclusion of delivery flight - March 04, 1955

Delivery route: Burbank - San Francisco - Honolulu - Canton Island - Sydney

Flight time: 29 hours 25 minutes with total elapsed time of 37 hours 23 minutes

Operated first revenue service Sydney - San Francisco - March 22, 1955

Established Sydney - Nadi record time (Captain A. Duffield) of 5 hrs 32 min - July 19, 1955

Operated inaugural Sydney - Johannesburg Super Constellation service - November 05, 1955

Chartered by TEAL to carry passengers to the Olympic Games in Melbourne - August 1956

Withdrawn from service for fitting of weather radar - June 16, 1957

Returned to service - July 13, 1957

Withdrawn from service for modification to L-1049G-02-82 with wingtip tanks - January 08, 1958

Returned to service - January 24, 1958

Operated 'Royal Flight' from Christchurch (New Zealand) - Colombo (Sri Lanka) - February 14, 1958

Operated 'Royal Flight' carrying Her Majesty The Queen Mother - March 05, 1958

Route: Adelaide - Cocos Islands - Mauritius - Johannesburg - London

Aircraft was extensively delayed at Mauritius due to engine failure

Operated inaugural Sydney - Port Moresby Super Constellation service - January 23, 1959

Departed Sydney on delivery to Ontario (California) for conversion to L-1049H-01-55 - January 29, 1960

This conversion enabled the aircraft to be operated in a passenger or freighter configuration

Departed Ontario (California) on ferry flight to Australia following conversion - March 29, 1960

Arrived Sydney at conclusion of ferry flight (Captain D. J. Skinner) - April 04, 1960

Withdrawn from service and stored at Sydney Airport - April 1961

Returned to service following test flight - December 21, 1961

Operated final revenue service Sydney - Hong Kong - London - December 15, 1962

Sold to Lockheed Aircraft Corporation - January 22, 1963

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N9714C - January 22, 1963

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - January 22, 1963

Aircraft had flown 17,709 hours

Departed Sydney on ferry flight to Lockheed at Burbank - January 23, 1963

Sold to Eagle Aircraft Inc, U. S. A. - January 1963

Sold on lease / purchase agreement to D. M. McVicar trading as World Wide Airways Inc (Canada) - March 16, 1964

U. S. Certificate of Export 'E-46958' issued - March 17, 1964

Entered onto Canadian Aircraft Register as CF-PXX - March 20, 1964

Ferried Long Beach (California) - Toronto (Canada) - March 21, 1964

Entered service on cattle flights to Cuba - March 1964

Repossessed by Eagle Aircraft Inc - August 13, 1965

Ferried to Buffalo, NY to escape collapse of World Wide Airways - August 15, 1965

Eagle Aircraft Inc merged with International Aerodyne Inc - August 1965

Cancelled from the Canadian Aircraft Register - September 17, 1965

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N9714C - September 23, 1965

Leased to Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra for world tour - August to November 1966

Leased to Aerotransportes Entre Rios - April 12, 1967

Entered onto Argentinian Aircraft Register as LV-IXZ - April 12, 1967

Aircraft remained flying as 'N9714C' on charter operations to London (Gatwick) until April 14, 1967

Cancelled from the U. S. Aircraft Register - May 04, 1967

Withdrawn from service by Aerotransportes Entre Rios and stored at Buenos Aires-Ezeiza - April 1970

Aircraft scrapped - date unknown

 


 

VH-EAA. Qantas - in the standard livery at Sydney Airport, date unknown.

VH-EAA. Qantas - in the standard livery at Johannesburg Airport, November 1955.
VH-EAA. Qantas - in the standard livery at Whenuapai Airport, August 1956.
 

VH-EAA. Qantas - in the standard livery at Sydney Airport, date unknown.

VH-EAA. Qantas - in the standard livery, location and date unknown.

 

CF-PXX. World Wide Airways - in the full livery at an unknown airport, circa 1964.

N9714C. Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra - in the basic WWA livery at Zurich Airport, September 1966.

N9714C. Aerotransportes Entre Rios - in the basic WWA livery at Miami Airport, April 1967.