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Withdrawn from service in Sydney for repainting into white top red c/line livery - June 26, 1951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Withdrawn from service for conversion to L-749A-79 standard - September 01, 1951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Withdrawn from service and donated to the City of Kenai, Alaska - November 27, 1968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.