VH-EAD. Lockheed 749 Constellation. c/n 2573.


 

Built as a Lockheed 749-79-31 for Qantas Empire Airways Ltd - 1947

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

Registered to Qantas Empire Airways Ltd

Accepted by Qantas at Lockheed Burbank - October 10, 1947

Departed Burbank, California on delivery flight to Australia - October 25, 1947

Arrived Sydney at conclusion of delivery flight - October 27, 1947

Aircraft named 'Charles Kingsford Smith'

Entered Qantas service - November 06, 1947

Flew the inaugural Qantas 749 Constellation service Sydney - London - December 01 to December 05, 1947

Total flying time on this flight - 59 hours 7 minutes

Withdrawn from service for conversion to 749A-79 standard - February 26 to March 09, 1951

Repainted into white top with red cheatline livery - July 17 to July 21, 1951

Flew proving flight on the Sydney - Johannesburg - Sydney route - July 25 to August 07, 1952

Flew inaugural South African service - September 01 to September 09, 1952

Route: Sydney - Melbourne - Perth - Cocos Islands - Mauritius - Johannesburg

Flying times: outbound - 39 hours 17 minutes; inbound - 34 hours 41 minutes

Operated the last Qantas 749 Constellation service Sydney - Johannesburg - October 20 to October 25, 1955

Sold to Aerovias Guest SA (Mexico) - October 31, 1955

Flying time to date: 19,963 hours

Departed Sydney on ferry flight to Mexico City - November 02, 1955

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - November 07, 1955

Entered onto Mexican Aircraft Register as XA-LIP - ?

Sold to California Airmotive Corp - June 1962

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N9733Z - ?

Observed stored at Burbank, California - September 1962

Observed stored at Long Beach, California - August 1963

Had been flown to Fox Field, Lancaster, California for storage - January 1965

Observed as being derelict and engineless - August 1966

Scrapped - November 1971

 


 

 

VH-EAD. Qantas Empire Airways - in the original metal livery at Burbank, October 1947.

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

 

VH-EAD. Qantas Empire Airways - in the original metal livery, location and date unknown.

VH-EAD. Qantas Empire Airways - in the original metal livery at Whenuapai, date unknown.

VH-EAD. Qantas Empire Airways - in the original metal livery at Whenuapai, date unknown.

VH-EAD. Qantas Empire Airways - in the original metal livery at Whenuapai, date unknown.

VH-EAD. Qantas Empire Airways - in the original metal livery at Whenuapai, date unknown.

VH-EAD. Qantas Empire Airways - in the original metal livery at Ohakea, December 1950.

VH-EAD. Qantas - in the full livery at Palmietfontein Airport, September 1952.

VH-EAD. Qantas - with '1953 Australian Corronation Service' titles at Singapore Airport, 1953.

VH-EAD. Qantas - in the final livery with 'speedpak' at Sydney Airport, date unknown.