VH-EAC. Lockheed 1049E-82-140 Constellation. c/n 4606.
This aircraft was originally built as a L-1049E-55 but converted to L-1049E-82-140 on the production line
First flown - October 8, 1955
Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-EAC - October 14, 1955
Registered to Qantas Empire Airways Ltd, Sydney
The aircraft was named 'Southern Wave'
Accepted by Qantas Empire Airways at Burbank, California - October 20, 1955
Departed Burbank on the delivery flight to Australia - October 22, 1955
Arrived Sydney (Kingsford Smith) on completion of the delivery flight - October 25, 1955
Operated first revenue service Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - Tokyo - November 22, 1955
Withdrawn from service in Sydney for the fitment of weather radar - April 03, 1956
Returned to service - April 29, 1956
Withdrawn from service for conversion to Lockheed 1049G-01-55 standard - November 16, 1957
Returned to service - December 11, 1957
Crashed on take-off at Mauritius Airport en route to Cocos Island - August 24, 1960
Take-off was aborted before 'V1' was reached due to a power drop in Number 3 engine
As aircraft skidded off the end of the wet runway the port undercarriage collapsed
The 38 passengers and 12 crew evacuated the aircraft before it was destroyed by fire
16 passengers and 4 crew suffered minor injuries
Flight crew: Captain E. Ditton; F/O S.D. Patrick; S/O R. Miller, G. Quinn; Navigator L. Sales;
Radio Officer S. Hocking; Engineers M. Picking, E. Chuter; Flight Stewards P. McGann, A. Mackie, N. Foster;
Flight Hostess M. Stewart-Dawson
Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - August 1960
Aircraft had flown 13,842 hours at time of crash
VH-EAC. Qantas - in the standard at the Lockheed Burbank plant, October 1955.
(Qantas Heritage Collection Copyright Image 1802-175.)
VH-EAC. Qantas - 'Southern Wave' in the standard at Melbourne Essendon Airport, April 30, 1960.
(N. Dures Copyright Image 1802-229.)