ZK-TGA. Boeing 747-2D7B. c/n 21782-402.
Was also registered as: HS-TGA; N323MC; N523MC.
This aircraft was built by the Boeing Aircraft Company, Seattle for Thai Airways
Entered onto the Thailand Aircraft Register as HS-TGA - September 1979
Registered to Thai International Airways, Bangkok
First flown from Everett (Paine Field) - November 01, 1979
Powered by General Electric GE CF6-50E2 engines
Accepted by Thai Airways at Everett (Paine Field) - November 02, 1979
The aircraft was named 'Visuthakasatriya'
Operated its first revenue service - November 1979
It was withdrawn from service and sold to Atlas Air - April 1996
Lesased to Air New Zealand - April 1996
It arrived at Auckland on completion of its ferry flight - April 30, 1996
Cancelled from the Thailand Aircraft Register - April 30, 1996
Entered onto the New Zealand Aircraft Register as ZK-TGA - April 30, 1996
Registered to Air New Zealand Limited, Auckland
It was operated by Air New Zealand in an all-white livery with titles and the 'Koru' tail logo
Operated its final Air New Zealand revenue service - July 31, 1996
Withdrawn from service at Auckland - August 01, 1996
Cancelled from the New Zealand Aircraft Register - August 01, 1996
Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N323MC - August 01, 1996
Registered to Atlas Air
Departed Auckland on the ferry flight to the United States - August 05, 1996
It arrived at Wichita (Kansas) for conversion to freighter configuration - August 05, 1996
The aircraft was reregistered as N523MC - November 01, 1996
It was observed at Frankfurt in an all-white livery - December 05, 1996
Leased to Scandinavian Airline System as the registered operator - February 09, 1997
Registered to Atlas Aircraft Leasing - September 09, 1997
It was observed at Hong Kong (Kai Tak) in an all-white livery - December 04, 1997
Returned to Atlas Air at the end of the lease - July 1998
It was observed at Hong Kong in the Atlas Air livery - April 25, 2000
Leased to Dragon Air, Hong Kong as the registered operator - May 11, 2001
It was observed at Amsterdam (Schiphol) in the Atlas Air livery with 'Dragon Cargo' titles - May 11, 2001
Returned to Atlas Air at the end of the lease - 2003
It was observed stored at Roswell (New Mexico) in an all-white livery with blue tail - July 09, 2003
It was observed at Dusseldorf operated by Atlas Air - January 02, 2005
It was withdrawn from service by Atlas Air - February 20, 2012
It was ferried to Roswell (New Mexico) for storage - February 20, 2012
It was ferried Roswell - Mojave - April 17, 2012
The aircraft was sold to Commercial Aircraft Services Inc - April 27, 2012
The aircraft was gradually scrapped for parts at Mojave
It was observed mostly intact at Mojave - October 01, 2015
Cancelled from the United States Aircraft Register - February 14, 2018
HS-TGA. Thai - 'Srisuriyothai' in the original livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, Septembert 15, 1982.
(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4635-369.)
ZK-TGA. Air New Zealand - in the all-white livery at Auckland Airport, May 1996.
(J. Mounce Copyright Image 4635-662.)
ZK-TGA. Air New Zealand - in the all-white livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, May 1996.
(J. Goldfinch Copyright Image 4635-752.)