VH-EAP. Lockheed L-1049G Constellation. c/n 4680.


 

Built as a Lockheed L-1049G-82-153 Constellation - 1957

First flown - November 08, 1957

Accepted by Qantas at Burbank - November 19, 1957

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-EAP - November 20, 1957

Registered to Qantas Empire Airways Ltd

Departed San Francisco on proving flight to New York - Gander - London - return - November 23, 1957

Departed Burbank, California on delivery flight to Australia - December 03, 1957

Arrived Sydney (Kingsford Smith) at conclusion of delivery flight - December 05, 1957

Delivery route: San Francisco - Honolulu - Sydney

Aircraft was named 'Southern Zephyr'

Entered Qantas service on Sydney - Hong Kong route - December 30, 1957

Flew inaugural round-the-world service via the 'Kangaroo' route - January 14, 1958 to January 20, 1958

Total flying time for this flight was 128 hours

Operated final revenue service Sydney - Johannesburg - Sydney - October 03, 1959

Sold to Lockheed Aircraft Corporation - October 23, 1959

Had flown 5,765 hours 16 minutes with 916 cycles to date

Departed Sydney (Kingsford Smith) on ferry flight to Ontario - October 25, 1959

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - November 05, 1959

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N9723C - ?

Leased to Resort Airlines - 1959 to June 1960

Stored at Oakland, California when Resort Airlines ceased operations

Leased to Twentieth Century Airlines - August 1960 to 1961

Stored at Lockheed Aircraft Services facility at Ontario - late 1961

Used by Lockheed - June 1963 to 1970

Sold to California Airmotive / American Jet Industries - December 12, 1970

Stored at Fox Field, Lancaster, California - May 1971

Participated in an unlimited air race meeting at San Diego, California - July 18, 1971

Was withdrawn from further pylon racing after this event and returned to storage at Burbank

Prepared for a movie role and had a 'Concorde' like nose attached with 'Global' titles added - November 1971

Registered to Stereo Vision International Inc - October 02, 1972

Made several short flights in connection to proposed movie, which was abandoned - November 1972

Returned to California Airmotive - November 1972

Scrapped at Burbank - July 1974

Cancelled from the United States Aircraft Register - January 1975

 


 

VH-EAP. Qantas - the inaugural 'Round The World' service at Melbourne Airport, January 14, 1958.

VH-EAP. Qantas - the crews of the inaugural 'Round The World' service at Melbourne Airport.

VH-EAP. Qantas - the crews of the inaugural 'Round The World' service perform a march past.

VH-EAP. Qantas - the inaugural 'Round The World' service at Melbourne Airport ready to depart.

 

VH-EAP. Qantas - departing Melbourne Airport on the inaugural R-T-W service, January 14, 1958.

VH-EAP. Qantas - in the standard livery at San Francisco Airport, date unknown.

VH-EAP. Qantas - interior view of the main cabin, circa 1959.

VH-EAP. Qantas - in the standard livery at Sydney Airport, date unknown.
 
VH-EAP. Qantas - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, date unknown.

N9723C. California Airmotive - in the standard livery with 'Red Baron' titles, July 1971.