VH-EAF. Lockheed 1049E Constellation. c/n 4579.

 

This aircraft was built as a Lockheed L-1049E-55-118 - 1954

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-EAF - September 24, 1954

Registered to Qantas Airways Ltd, Sydney

First flown at Burbank - February 12, 1955

Accepted by Qantas Airways at Burbank - February 19, 1955

Departed Burbank, California on the delivery flight to Australia - February 20, 1955

Arrived Sydney (Kingsford Smith) on completion of the delivery flight - February 23, 1955

Delivery route: Burbank - Honolulu - Canton Island - Nadi - Sydney

The elapsed flight time was: 29 hours 15 minutes

This aircraft was named 'Southern Wind'

Operated first revenue service Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - London (Heathrow) - March 05, 1955

Operated a series of courtesy flights to New Zealand - October 02 to 08, 1955

Routes flown: Sydney - Auckland (6); Sydney - Wellington (3); Sydney - Christchurch (6)

Operated inaugural L-1049 Sydney (KIngsfoird Smith) - Hong Kong service (Captain R. F. Uren) - January 06, 1957

Withdrawn from service for 'A' check and fitment of weather radar - May 31, 1957

Returned to service - July 04, 1957

Operated last revenue service to Sydney - Johannesburg - Sydney - April 13 - 19, 1963

Sold to Boeing - April 23, 1963

Departed Sydney (Kingsford Smith) on the ferry flight to the United States - April 23, 1963

Flight crew: Captains A. Rayment, R. A. Pitt

Ferry route: Sydney - Nadi - Honolulu - San Francisco

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - April 25, 1963

Sold to California Airmotive Inc for spares - 1963

Scrapped - December 1964

 

VH-EAF. Qantas - 'Southern Wind' in the standard livery at Hong Kong Kai Tak Airport, January 07, 1957.

(Qantas Heritage Collection Copyright Image 1802-139.)

VH-EAF. Qantas - 'Southern Wind' the V.I.P. passengers on the inaugural service at Hong Kong Kai Tak Airport, January 07, 1957.

L to R: Sir Giles and Lady Chippendall; Sir Daniel and Lady McVey.

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VH-EAF. Qantas - 'Southern Wind' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, circa 1958.

Australian actor John W. F. Goffage (Chips Rafferty) and family about to board their flight.

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VH-EAF. Qantas - 'Southern Wind' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, circa 1958.

Australian actor John W. F. Goffage (Chips Rafferty) and family about to board their flight.

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VH-EAF. Qantas - 'Southern Wind' at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, circa 1958.

L to R: Captain unknow; First Office Sandy McPhee.

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VH-EAF. Qantas - 'Southern Wind' at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, circa 1958.

Inside the forward cabin looking aft.

(Qantas Heritage Collection Copyright Image 1802-146.)

VH-EAF. Qantas - 'Southern Wind' in the standard livery at Cocos Islands Airport, date unknown.

(Qantas Heritage Collection Copyright Image 1802-073.)

VH-EAF. Qantas - 'Southern Wind' in the standard livery at Perth Airport, circa 1960.

(Qantas Heritage Collection Copyright Image 1802-157.)

VH-EAF. Qantas - 'Southern Wind' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, April 13, 1963.

This was the final Sydney - South Africa Constellation service.

(Qantas Heritage Collection Copyright Image 1802-186.)

VH-EAF. Qantas - 'Southern Wind' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, April 13, 1963.

This was the final Sydney - South Africa Constellation service.

(Qantas Heritage Collection Copyright Image 1802-158.)

VH-EAF. Qantas - 'Southern Wind' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, April 13, 1963.

This was the final Sydney - South Africa Constellation service.

(Qantas Heritage Collection Copyright Image 1802-187.)

VH-EAF. Qantas - 'Southern Wind' in the standard livery at an unknown airport, date unknown.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1802-265.)

VH-EAF. Qantas - 'Southern Wind' in the standard livery at an unknown airport, date unknown.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1802-266.)