VH-EAI
Southern Melody
Southern Sun
Southern Boomerang

Type: L-1049C-55-81 Super Constellation
L-1049E/01-55 Super Constellation (converted)
Msn: 4546
Subsequent Identities: N9717C
OB-R-742
N9717C

History:

54 Built as L-1049C-55-81.
09FEB54 CofR No 2062 issued to Qantas Empire Airways as VH-EAI.
14MAY54 First flown.
20MAY54 Accepted by Qantas as VH-EAI. Christened "Southern Melody" by MGM film star, Ann Miller to promote the world premiere of "Interrupted Melody" in Melbourne.
20MAY54 Export CofA No E-27611 issued.
22MAY54 Departed Burbank on delivery to Sydney via Honolulu and Nadi.
24MAY54 Arrived Sydney. Re-named "Southern Sun".
29MAY54 Entered service (to Vancouver).
30JUN56 Withdrawn from service for conversion to L-1049E/01-55.
24JUL56 Returned to service.
13NOV56 Departed Sydney on Royal flight with HRH Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh, to Momote via Darwin. (Capt A.A.E. Yates).
25FEB57 Withdrawn from service for "D" overhaul and fitment of weather radar.
30MAR57 Returned to service.
07SEP59 Departed Sydney on the last Qantas L-1049 service to San Francisco.
04NOV59 Departed Sydney on its last Qantas service (to Nadi).
30NOV59 Sold to Lockheed. Total Time 15,739:16. Landings 3,759.
01DEC59 Cancelled from Australian Register. Added to U.S. Register as N9717C. Departed Sydney on delivery to Burbank, USA. (Capt J. Furze). Stored at Burbank but later leased to Twentieth Century Airlines who used the aeroplane for approximately 1,300 hours.
25OCT60 Departed Portland, USA on delivery to Sydney via Honolulu, Canton Island and Nadi having been leased back by Qantas to cover a shortage of capacity. (Capt A.J. Myer).
01NOV60 Returned to the Australian Register as VH-EAI. Re-named "Southern Boomerang".
14NOV60 Operated a training flight to Narromine.
16NOV60 Returned to Qantas service (to Nadi).
20DEC60 Departed Sydney for Christchurch on lease to TEAL.
01MAR61 Returned to Qantas after TEAL lease.
01MAR61 Departed Sydney on its last Qantas service (to Nadi).
27MAR61 Lease from Lockheed expired. Re-registered N9717C.
28MAR61 Departed Sydney on delivery to Ontario, USA.
01APR61 Cancelled from Australian Register.
05APR61 Leased to Twentieth Century Airlines.
20MAY62 Leased to Trans International Airlines.
29FEB64 Sold to LANSA (Peru) as OB-R-742 but never delivered.
09OCT64 Registration OB-R-742 cancelled.
64 Sold to West Coast Airmotive (possibly prior to the LANSA sale).
18OCT64 Sold to American Flyers Airline Corp as N9717C.
NOV68 Sold to California Airmotive Corp and ferried to Fox Field, Lancaster, California for storage by this date.
70 Cancelled from US Register.
MAY71 Aircraft broken up by this date.
NOV71 Only fuselage remaining by this date. Presumed subsequently scrapped.


Issue Date Remarks
4 25FEB16
Revised presentation of type.
3 26DEC15
Added an image from the Qantas Heritage Collection.
2 22DEC15
Added two images by Alan Jenkins. Thanks to Phil Vabre of the CAHS.
Image 1 Image 2
1 04JAN00
Original issue


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