VH-EAK. Lockheed L-1049E. c/n 4573.


 

Originally ordered by Northwest Orient Airlines as a 1049E-55 Constellation but was not taken up - 1954

Order completed for Qantas as a 1049E-55-118

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

Registered to Qantas Empire Airways Ltd

First flown - January 04, 1955

U. S. Certificate of Export 'E-27659' issued - January 11, 1955

Accepted by Qantas at Burbank, California - January 12, 1955

Aircraft was named 'Southern Mist'

Departed Burbank, California on delivery flight to Australia - January 15, 1955

Arrived Sydney at conclusion of delivery flight - January 17, 1955

Delivery route: Burbank - Honolulu - Nadi - Sydney

Flight time: 29 hours 16 minutes

Entered Qantas service on Sydney - San Francisco route - February 02, 1955

Withdrawn from service to be modified to L-1049E-01-55 standard - 1956

Underwent overhaul and fitment of weather radar - April 04 to May 05, 1957

Operated courtesy flight Sydney - Port Moresby becoming first L-1049 to land there - January 20, 1959

Operated first Hong Kong - Singapore - Jakarta service on lease to Malayan Airways - March 06, 1960

Operated inaugural L-1049 Sydney - Noumea service - March 18, 1960

Departed Sydney for Mauritius to upload passengers from crashed L-1049 VH-EAC - August 25, 1960

Leased to Tasman Empire Airways Limited - December 23, 1960

Lease was to cover the airline's Lockheed Electra fleet as they were modified in the U. S. under the LEAP program

Returned to Qantas at end of lease - March 1961

Ferried Sydney - Perth where it was based to operate Qantas services - June 10, 1961

Ferried Perth - Sydney at conclusion of its Western Australia based operations - July 26, 1961

Departed Sydney on final Qantas service (migrant charter) - January 15, 1963

Sold to Boeing Aircraft Company as a trade-in on the Boeing 707s - February 02, 1963

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - February 02, 1963

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as 'N917C' - February 02, 1963

No official F.A.A. records exist that show an 'N' registration for this airframe

Departed Sydney on ferry flight to the United States (Captain J. G. Morton) - February 02, 1963

Arrived Burbank at conclusion of ferry flight - February 04, 1963

Ferry route: Sydney - Nadi - Honolulu - Burbank

Had flown 20,680 hours 24 minutes to date

Sold to California Airmotive Inc for spares - 1963

Observed in a parking lot near Burbank minus outer wings and tail - December 1964

Still present at Burbank - 1969

California Airmotive cancelles 'N9717C' from the United States Aircraft Register - July 12, 1970

The construction number quoted on this cancellation corresponds to this airframe

Final scrapping occured - ?

 


 

VH-EAK. Qantas - in the standard livery at Sydney Airport, August 1955.
VH-EAK. Qantas - in the standard livery at Sydney Airport, August 1955.

VH-EAK. Qantas - in the standard livery with radar nose at unknown airport, circa 1957.

VH-EAK. Qantas - in the standard livery at Melbourne Airport, circa 1958.

VH-EAK. Qantas - view of the main cabin at Sydney Airport, September 1959.

VH-EAK. Qantas - view of the lounge area at Sydney Airport, July 1956.

VH-EAK. Qantas - view of the main cabin at Sydney Airport, July 1956.
 

 

VH-EAK. Qantas - view of the first class chair in the rear cabin at Sydney Airport, September 1959.