VH-EAC. Lockheed 749 Constellation. c/n 2572.


 

Construction completed as a Lockheed 749-79-31 for Qantas - 1947

Entered onto Australian Aircraft Register as VH-EAC - March 10, 1947

Registered to Qantas Empire Airways Ltd

Accepted by Qantas at Lockheed Burbank - October 13, 1947

Departed Burbank, California on ferry flight to Australia - October 22, 1947

Arrived Sydney at conclusion of ferry flight - October 26, 1947

Known flight crew: Captains Jackson, A. E. Yates, Howse

Aircraft was named 'Harry Hawker'

Operated first revenue service - October 30, 1947

Departed London on first service via Colombo - Bombay (Captain R. J. Ritchie) - March 20, 1950

Visited Christchurch to commemorate opening of new airport (Captain Jackson) - December 18, 1950

Rolled out at Sydney with red cheatline and white cabin roof - September 30, 1951

Withdrawn from service for conversion to 749A-79 standard - March 24, 1952

Returned to service - April 29, 1952

Operated first Qantas service from Frankfurt to Sydney - October 21, 1952

Departed Sydney on first service to South Africa - December 02, 1952

Aircraft acquired the Royal Coat of Arms above scroll reading 'Australian Coronation Service' - 1953

This was to mark the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II

Ferried the first official pictures of the Coronation to Australia - June 02, 1953

Route: London - Frankfurt - Rome - Beirut - Karachi - Calcutta - Singapore - Jakarta - Darwin - Sydney

Flight crew: Captains B. Ritchie, K. Jackson

Elapsed flight time: 53 hours 28 minutes

Departed Sydney on first Qantas service to London via Bangkok (Captain Pollock) - November 14, 1953

Departed Sydney on first Tourist class service to London - March 29, 1954

Departed Sydney on inaugural Qantas service to Tokyo via Darwin - Manila - Iwakuni - November 03, 1954

Sold to Aerovias Guest SA (Mexico) - October 08, 1955

Aircraft had flown 19,820 hours

Departed Stdney on ferry flight to the United States with Speedpak fitted - October 08, 1955

Ferry route: Sydney - Nadi - Canton Island - Honolulu -S an Francisco

Flight crew: Captains E. Robinson, M. Bamman, B. Fawcett

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - October 13, 1955

Entered onto Mexician Aircraft Register as XA-LIO - ?

Sold to California Airmotive Corporation

Ferried to Burbank, California for storage - 1963

Broken up for parts with only nose section surviving in scrapyard - July 1963

 


 

VH-EAC. Qantas Empire Airways - in the original metal livery at Sydney Airport, November 1948.

VH-EAC. Qantas Empire Airways - in the original metal livery at Christchurch Airport, December 1950.

VH-EAC. Qantas Empire Airways - in the original metal livery at Christchurch Airport, December 1950.

VH-EAC. Qantas Empire Airways - in the original metal livery at Christchurch Airport, December 1950.

VH-EAC. Qantas Empire Airways - in the original metal livery at Christchurch Airport, December 1950.

VH-EAC. Qantas Empire Airways - in the original metal livery at Christchurch Airport, December 1950.

VH-EAC. Qantas Empire Airways - in the original metal livery at Christchurch Airport, December 1950.

VH-EAC. Qantas - in the full livery at London Airport, date unknown.

VH-EAC. Qantas - in the full livery at Donmuang Airport, Bangkok, November 16, 1953.

VH-EAC. Qantas - in the full livery at Donmuang Airport, Bangkok, November 16, 1953.

VH-EAC. Qantas - in the final livery at Sydney Airport, date unknown.
VH-EAC. Qantas - in the final livery, location and date unknown.