VH-EAE. Lockheed L-749 Constellation. c/n 2505.


 

Originally ordered as a Lockheed L-649-79-21 for T.W.A. but was not taken up

Construction completed as a Lockheed L-749-79-35 for Air India - 1947

Accepted by Air India at Burbank - February 13, 1948

Entered onto the Indian Aircraft Register as VT-CQR - February 17, 1948

Arrived at Bombay at conclusion of delivery flight - March 26, 1948

Aircraft was named 'Rajput Princess'

Operated first Air India revenue service - June 22, 1948

Sold to Qantas Empire Airways Ltd - December 30, 1949

Departed Bombay on ferry flight to Australia - January 11, 1950

Arrived Sydney (Kingsford Smith) at conclusion of delivery flight (Captain R. J. Ritchie) - January 17, 1950

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-EAE - January 18, 1950

Registered to Qantas Empire Airways Ltd

Aircraft was named 'Bert Hinkler'

Operated first Qantas revenue service - April 07, 1950

Withdrawn from service in Sydney for repainting into white top red c/line livery - June 26, 1951

Returned to service after repaint - June 30, 1951

Withdrawn from service for conversion to L-749A-79 standard - September 01, 1951

Returned to service - October 22, 1951

Used as a reserve aircraft for the Royal Tour of Australia - March 08 - 27, 1954

Departed Sydney on final revenue service Sydney - London (Captain R. U. Uren) - August 07, 1954

Sold to British Overseas Airways Corporation - August 15, 1954

Aircraft had flown 11,718 hours to date

Departed Sydney on ferry flight to England - August 18, 1954

Arrived London (Heathrow) at conclusion of ferry flight - August 20, 1954

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - August 23, 1954

Entered onto the British Aircraft Register as G-ANTG - September 10, 1954

Registered to British Overseas Airways Corporation Ltd

Aircraft was named 'Bournemouth'

Operated first B.O.A.C. revenue service - November 22, 1954

Operated first B.O.A.C. service to Sydney - November 26, 1954

Had distinction of operating the last B.O.A.C. Constellation passenger service - October 07, 1958

Sold to Pacific Northern Airlines

Departed London (Heathrow) on ferry flight to the United States - November 30, 1958

Cancelled from the British Aircraft Register - December 02, 1958

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N1552V - ?

Ownership transferred to Western Airlines - July 01, 1967

Operated the last scheduled Constellation passenger flight in North America - November 26, 1968

Route flown: Juneau - Anchorage

Withdrawn from service and donated to the City of Kenai, Alaska - November 27, 1968

Aircraft had flown a total of 40,568 hours

In 1973 the aircraft was sold to a private individual who intended to convert the aircraft to a restaurant

It was towed to a nearby parking lot but the project was abandoned

Aircraft was subsequently broken up on site

 


 

 

VH-EAE. Qantas - engineers inspect the prop cuffs to be removed at Sydney Airport, July 1951.

VH-EAE. Qantas - close up view of the 'Coronation Service' titles at Sydney Airport, 1953.