VH-EAJ. Lockheed L-1049E Constellation. c/n 4549.


 

Originally built as a Lockheed 1049E-55-89 for a Braathens SAFE order

Completed as a Lockheed 1049E-55-81 for Qantas Empire Airways

To view images of this aircraft being built please click 'HERE'

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-EAJ - February 09, 1954

Registered to Qantas Empire Airways Ltd, Sydney

First flown - June 04, 1954

Export C. of A. (E-27617) issued - June 18, 1954

Accepted by Qantas at Lockheed Burbank - June 30, 1954

Aircraft was named 'Southern Star'

Departed Burbank on the delivery flight to Australia - July 02, 1954

Arrived Sydney (Kingsford Smith) at the conclusion of the delivery flight - July 05, 1954

Delivery route: Burbank - Honolulu - Nadi - Sydney

Flight crew: Captain A. A. E. Yates

Operated first revenue service Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - Vancouver - July 24, 1954

Withdrawn from service for modification to 1049E-01-55 standard - July 22, 1956

Returned to service - August 08, 1956

Withdrawn from service for fitment of weather radar - March 06, 1957

Returned to service - April 07, 1957

Collided wth wingtip of VH-EAM at Sydney Airport whilst taxying out for departure - December 16, 1957

Flight Sydney - Hong Kong was delayed 7 hours whilst repairs were made to the aircraft

Operated final revenue service Sydney - Port Morseby - Sydney - November 26, 1959

Withdrawn from service for major 'D' overhaul

Sold to Lockheed Aircraft Corporation - 1959

Acceptance flight conducted from Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - January 02, 1960

Aircraft had flown 15,607 hours with 3,902 cycles

Departed Sydney on the ferry flight to Ontario via Nadi - Honolulu (Captain J. J. Connolly) - January 05, 1960

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - January 08, 1960

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N9718C - January 13, 1960

Leased to Twentieth Century Airlines - January 1960

Leased to Capitol Airways - February 06, 1961

Sold to Capitol Airways - December 1961

Operated by Capitol International Airways for Berliner Flug Ring during European summer - 1966 / 1967

Aircraft was configured to seat 108 passengers

Aircraft had flown 22,976 hours - July 12, 1967

Withdrawn from use and stored at Wilmington, Delaware - 1967

Flown to Sebring, Florida for storage - March / April 1970

Advertised for sale for $US 25,000

Sold to California Airmotive but remained stored at Sebring - July 05, 1972

Sold to Midair Inc - April 13, 1973

Flown to Barstow, California for conversion to sprayer configuration

Midair Inc declared bankrupt - 1974

Conversion to sprayer configuration was never commenced

Observed at Barstow in partially broken-up condition - March 1977

Cancelled from the United States Aircraft Register - April 1982

 


 

VH-EAJ. Qantas - in the standard livery at Burbank, June 1954.
VH-EAJ. Qantas - in the standard livery at Burbank, June 1954.
VH-EAJ. Qantas - in the standard livery at Sydney Airport, date unknown.
N9718C. Capitol International Airways - in the standard livery at Berlin Airport, June 1966.

 

N9718C. Capitol International Airways - in the standard livery at Wilmington Airport, 1967.