VH-EAF. Lockheed 749 Constellation. c/n 2504.


 

Originally built as an L-649-79-21 for T.W.A. but this order was cancelled

Completed as an L-749-79-35 for Air India

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

Registered to Air India

Departed Burbank on delivery flight to India February 23, 1948

Arrived Bombay at conclusion of delivery flight - March 16, 1948

Operated inaugural Bombay - Cairo - Geneva - London service - June 08, 1948

Sold to Qantas having flown 480 hours 13 min - April 20, 1951

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-EAF - April 27, 1951

Registered to Qantas Empire Airways Ltd

Aircraft was named 'Horace Brinsmead'

Arrived Sydney at conclusion of ferry flight - April 27, 1951

Operated first Qantas revenue service Sydney - Auckland - May 04, 1951

Converted to L-749A-79 standard - 1951

Utilised for six Royal flights during Queen Elizabeth II's tour of Australia - March 1954

Departed on last revenue service Sydney - London - Sydney - July 13, 1954

Sold to British Overseas Airways Corporation - ?

Departed Sydney on the ferry flight to the United Kingdom - July 23, 1954

Aircraft had flown 8,188 hours to date

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - July 28, 1954

Entered onto the British Aircraft Register as G-ANTF - August 16, 1954

Aircraft was named 'Berkeley'

Operated first B.O.A.C. revenue service on London - Sydney arriving Sydney - October 01, 1954

Operated last B.O.A.C. revenue service - March 03, 1957

Placed in open storage at London (Heathrow) Airport

Sold to The Babb Company departing London on delivery - December 09, 1957

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N9816F - ?

Leased to Transocean Airlines - January 03, 1958 to June 1959

Leased to Capitol Airlines - July 1959

Repossessed by B.O.A.C. and stored at Oakland, California - July 31, 1959

Transferred to International Aircraft Services for conversion to freighter configuration - 1960

An intended lease to Alaska Airlines did not eventuate - June 1961

Stored at Bradley Field until January 1964

Entered onto the British Aircraft Register as G-ANTF - January 23, 1964

Leased to ACE Freighters, U.K. - February 21, 1964

Arrived Gatwick on ferry flight from Newark - February 23, 1964

Entered service with ACE Freighters - May 06, 1964

Sold to ACE Freighters - March 01, 1966

Made wheels-up landing at Aden Airport whilst on Ministry of Defence contract flight - March 08, 1966

Minimal damage was sustained and temporary repairs carried out on site before ferrying back to the U.K.

Withdrawn from use and stored at Baginton, Coventry, when ACE ceased operations - September 14, 1966

Sold by tender to an unknown buyer, but remain stored at Baginton - December 1966

Cancelled from the British Aircraft Register - December 04, 1967

Fire destroyed most of the deteriorated aircraft at Baginton - February 01, 1970

Burnt out remains were scrapped on site - 1971

 


 

VH-EAF. Qantas - in the standard livery at Melbourne Airport, date unknown.

VH-EAF. Qantas - in the standard livery at Sydney Airport, circa 1953.

VH-EAF. Qantas - in the standard livery at London Airport, circa 1953.
 

 

VH-EAF. Qantas - in the standard livery at London Airport, circa 1953.

 
VH-EAF. Qantas - in standard last livery with 'Royal Tour' crest at Sydney Airport, March 1954.

VH-EAF. Qantas - view of the Queen's cabin looking aft at Sydney Airport, March 1954.

VH-EAF. Qantas - the cabin crew who were assigned to attend the Queen at Sydney Airport, March 1954.