VH-TQN. Fokker F.27-6152 Friendship. c/n 10385.

Was also registered as: OY-KAC; PH-FNH; OO-FEA; EI-FEA; N729FE.

 

This aircraft was ordered new by Trans-Australia Airlines - ?

Entered onto Dutch Aircraft Register as PH-FNH - November 26, 1968

Registered to NV Kon. Ned. Vliegtuigenfabriek Fokker, Holland

First flown as 'PH-FNH' - November 28, 1968

Accepted by Trans-Australia Airlines at Amsterdam (Schiphol) - December 06, 1968

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-TQN - December 06, 1968

Registered to Australian National Airlines Commission, Melbourne

The aircraft was named 'John Batman'

Cancelled from the Dutch Aircraft Register - December 06, 1968

Departed Amsterdam (Schiphol) on the delivery flight to Australia - December 07, 1968

It arrived at Melbourne (Essendon) on completion of the delivery flight - December 14, 1968

Operated its first revenue service - December 20, 1968

Repainted into the 'blue tail' livery at Melbourne (Essendon) - January 1970

It was the 5th T.A.A. Friendship to be repainted into the new livery

This aircraft set a record for highest number of people uplifted in a single Friendship flight - January 24, 1974

It carried 60 people (56 passengers, 4 crew) from Hughenden to Mt Isa

Flight crew: Captain A. Heaton; F/O W. Henry

It set a new record for highest number of people uplifted in a single 36 passenger Friendship flight - January 25, 1974

It carried 61 people (57 passengers, 4 crew) from Normanton to Mt Isa

Flight crew: Captain A. Heaton; F/O W. Henry

To read more about these flights please click 'HERE'

Withdrawn from use and placed in open storage at Melbourne (Tullamarine) - October 03, 1982

Sold to Scandinavian Airlines System - May 25, 1984

The aircraft was named 'Vagn Viking'

Departed Melbourne (Tullamarine) on the ferry flight to Denmark - July 11, 1984

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - July 26, 1984

Entered onto the Danish Aircraft Register as OY-KAC - July 1984

Entered onto the Dutch Aircraft Register as PH-FNH - December 04, 1989

Registered to Aircraft Financing & Trading

Cancelled from the Dutch Aircraft Register - December 19, 1989

Sold to Servisair / Federal Express - December 20, 1989

Entered onto the Belgian Aircraft Register as OO-FEA - December 20, 1989

The aircraft was named 'Brecht'

Transferred to Flanders Airlines - 1990

Sold to Iona National Airways - March 14, 1991

Entered onto the Irish Aircraft Register as EI-FEA - March 16, 1991

Transferred to Federal Express

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N729FE - April 12, 1992

Cancelled from the Irish Aircraft Register - May 04, 1992

Departed Brussels on the ferry flight to the United States - May 12, 1992

Operated by Empire Airlines Inc

Reported to be still in service as a freighter - April 2005

Current status - ?

 

 

VH-TQN. TAA - 'John Batman' in the original livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, date unknown.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1999-195.)

VH-TQN. TAA Trans-Australia Airlines - 'John Batman' in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, date unknown.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1993-167.)

VH-TQN. TAA Trans-Australia Airlines - 'John Batman' in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, May 1976.

(G. Bennett Copyright Image 1993-299.)

VH-TQN. TAA Trans-Australia Airlines - 'John Batman' in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, May 1976.

(G. Bennett Copyright Image 1993-298.)

VH-TQN. TAA Trans-Australia Airlines - 'John Batman' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, May 1979.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 1993-113.)

VH-TQN. TAA Trans-Australia Airlines - 'John Batman' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, May 1979.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 1993-112.)

VH-TQN. TAA Trans-Australia Airlines - 'John Batman' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, December 1979.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 1993-114.)

VH-TQN. TAA Trans-Australia Airlines - 'John Batman' in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, October 1980.

(G. Bennett Copyright Image 1993-300.)

VH-TQN. TAA Trans-Australia Airlines - 'John Batman' in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, October 1980.

(G. Bennett Copyright Image 1993-304.)

VH-TQN. TAA Trans-Australia Airlines - 'John Batman' in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, March 1981.

(G. Bennett Copyright Image 1993-303.)

VH-TQN. TAA Trans-Australia Airlines - 'John Batman' in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, September 1981.

(G. Bennett Copyright Image 1993-305.)

VH-TQN. TAA Trans-Australia Airlines - 'John Batman' in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, November 1982.

(G. Bennett Copyright Image 1993-297.)

VH-TQN. TAA Trans-Australia Airlines - 'John Batman' in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, March 1983.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 1993-010.)

VH-TQN. TAA Trans-Australia Airlines - 'John Batman' in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, June 1983.

(G. Bennett Copyright Image 1993-302.)

VH-TQN. TAA - in the basic livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, June 1984.

(G. Bennett Copyright Image 1993-301.)

OY-KAC. Scandinavian Eurolink - 'Vagn Viking' in the standard livery at Copenhagen Airport, June 1988.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1999-778.)

OO-FEA. Fedex Europe - 'Brecht' in the standard livery at an unknown airport, March 1990.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1993-002.)

OO-FEA. Fedex Europe - 'Brecht' in the standard livery at Stockholm Airport, March 1990.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1993-003.)

EI-FEA. Fedex Europe - 'Brecht' in the standard livery at Shannon Airport, September 1991.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1993-534.)

N729FE. Fedex Feeder - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, date unknown.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1993-658.)