VH-EAM. Lockheed L-1049H Constellation. c/n 4801.


 

Built as a Lockheed L-1049H-82-133 - 1956

This aircraft was the prototype L-1049H convertible passenger / freighter

First flown - September 20, 1956

Christened at Burbank as 'Southern Spray' by Qantas secretaries L. Fry, P. Cooke - October 04, 1956

Accepted by Qantas at Burbank - October 10, 1956

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-EAM - October 13, 1956

Registered to Qantas Empire Airways Ltd

Departed Burbank on 2nd attempted delivery flight - October 15, 1956

Arrived Sydney (Kingsford Smith) at conclusion of delivery flight - October 17, 1956

Delivery route: Burbank - San Francisco - Honolulu - Nadi -S ydney

Total elapsed time: 40 hours 6 minutes

Operated first revenue service Sydney - Nadi - Christmas Island - Honolulu - San Francisco - November 02, 1956

Withdrawn from service for the fitment of weather radar - December 27, 1956

It was the first Constellation to receive weather radar and was returned to service - January 26, 1957

Operated final revenue service - June 11, 1962

Departed Sydney on ferry flight to Ontario via Nadi - Honolulu - July 11, 1962

Total flying time to date - 13,922 hours 41 minutes

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - July 24, 1962

Sold to Air New Mexico - July 24, 1962

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N7776C - July 1962

Converted at Burbank to L-1049H-06 - September 1962

Leased to Intercontinental Inc - January 1963

Leased to Alaska Airlines - April 23, 1964

Ownership transferred to International Aerodyne Inc but lease to Alaska continued - December 31, 1964

Leased to Trans International in Alaska livery - December 1966

Leased to Aerotransportes Entre Rios - June 23, 1968

Cancelled from the United States Aircraft Register - June 24, 1968

Entered onto Argentinian Aircraft Register as LV-PJU - June 24, 1968

Reregistered LV-JHF - August 23, 1968

Leased to Bolivian Airways - September 1968

Entered onto the Bolivian Aircraft Register as CP-797 -?

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N7776C - January 10, 1969

Registered to International Aerodyne Inc

Leased to Air Cargo Operations Inc - March 06, 1969

Transferred to Leasing Consultants Inc - June 05, 1969

Used in the Biafran Airlift - August 1969 to March 1970

Noted as being withdrawn from use and stored at Fort Lauderdale - September 1970

Sold to L & H International Airmotive Inc but remained stored at Fort Lauderdale - January 26, 1971

Flown to Columbus, Ohio and subsequently broken up by Aircraft Specialties - July 1972

 


 

VH-EAM. Qantas - in the standard livery at the Lockheed factory, Burbank, October 1956.

VH-EAM. Qantas - in the standard livery at the Lockheed factory, Burbank, October 1956.

VH-EAM. Qantas - in the standard livery at the Lockheed factory, Burbank, October 1956.

VH-EAM. Qantas - being christened at Burbank by Qantas secretaries L. Fry and P. Cooke, 4-10-1956. .

VH-EAM. Qantas - being christened at Burbank by Qantas secretaries L. Fry and P. Cooke, 4-10-1956.

VH-EAM. Qantas - being christened at Burbank by Qantas secretaries L. Fry and P. Cooke, 4-10-1956.

VH-EAM. Qantas - being christened at Burbank by Qantas secretaries L. Fry and P. Cooke, 4-10-1956.

VH-EAM. Qantas - being christened at Burbank by Qantas secretaries L. Fry and P. Cooke, 4-10-1956.

VH-EAM. Qantas - in the standard livery at Sydney Airport, circa 1957.
 

 

VH-EAM. Qantas - in the standard livery at Sydney Airport, circa 1957.

 

VH-EAM. Qantas - in the standard livery, location and date unknown.

VH-EAM. Qantas - in the standard livery, location and date unknown.

VH-EAM. Qantas - in the standard livery, location and date unknown.

VH-EAM. Qantas - in the standard livery in flight over New York, date unknown.

 

N7776C. Air Cargo Operations - in the red livery without titles, location and date unknown.