VH-HEI. Mohawk 298. c/n 99.

 

This aircraft was originally constructed as a Nord 262A

First flown - October 10, 1973

Powered by Turbomeca Bastan VI engines

Registered to Societe Nord Aviation

Placed in storage as airframe was unsold

Converted to Mohawk 298 standard by Frakes Aviation Inc - June 1976

Powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-45 engines

Sold to Allegheny Airlines Inc - November 1976

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N29814 - November 15, 1976

Leased to Ransome Airlines Inc as the registered operator - April 27, 1979

Sold to Ransome Airlines - June 1985

Ransome Airlines was renamed Pan Am Express - March 1987

Sold to Lloyd Aviation Jet Charter - June 1987

Arrived Adelaide on completion of ferry flight to Australia as N29814 - June 29, 1987

Ferry route: U S East Coast - Europe - Middle East - South East Asia - Australia

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-HEI - July 31, 1987

Registered to Lloyd Aviation Jet Charter

This was the first Mohawk 298 to be registered in Australia

Operated Lloyd's first Queensland service Brisbane - Gladstone - November 11, 1987

Lloyd Air (Queensland) ceased operations - December 03, 1988

Leased to Queensland Pacific Airlines as the registered operator - December 04, 1988

Registered to Lloyd Air Pty Ltd - February 10, 1989

Chartered by Ansett Express - February 03, 1991

Operated the Ansett Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - Dubbo - Sydney (Kingsford Smith) service

Returned to Queensland Pacific Airlines - March 01, 1991

Queensland Pacific Airlines had ceased operations by this date

Sold to South Pacific Regional Airlines - April 10, 1991

South Pacific Regional Airlines ceased operations - April 05, 1993

Withdrawn from service and placed in storage at Bundaberg Airport

Sold at auction in Sydney to the Majestic Group - December 08, 1993

Registered to Majestic Airways Pty Ltd - May 1994

Commenced services with Majestic Airways - May 03, 1994

Withdrawn from use at Bundaberg Airport - February 19, 1995

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - November 13, 1995

Stripped of usable parts and remains used as marine filling on the Great Barrier Reef

 

VH-HEI. Lloyd - in the standard livery at Adelaide Airport, August 1987.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1040-018.)

VH-HEI. Southern Pacific - in the standard livery at an unknown location, February 1992.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1040-160.)

VH-HEI. Soutrhern Pacific - in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, date unknown.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1040-020.)

VH-HEI. Majestic Airways - in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, May 1994.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1040-019.)

VH-HEI. Majestic Airways - in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, July 1994.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1040-161.)