VH-EAK Southern Mist


Type: L-1049E-55-118 Super Constellation
L-1049E/01-55 Super Constellation (converted)
L-1049G/02-82 Super Constellation (converted ?)
MSN: 4573
Subsequent Identities: N93163


54 Built as L-1049E-55 for Northwest Orient Airlines but completed as L-1049E-55-118 for Qantas.
24SEP54 CofR No 2805 issued to Qantas Empire Airways as VH-EAK.
04JAN55 First flown.
03NOV54 Photographed carrying the name "Southern Moon".
12JAN55 Accepted by Qantas.
12JAN55 Export CofA No E-27659 issued.
14JAN55 Photographed as VH-EAK "Southern Mist". More details
15JAN55 Departed Burbank on delivery to Sydney via Honolulu and Nadi.
17JAN55 Arrived Sydney. Flight Time: 29:16. Total Time: 40:20.
02FEB55 Entered service (to San Francisco).
56 Converted to L-1049E/01-55.
04APR57 Withdrawn from service for "B" overhaul and fitment of weather radar.
Possibly converted to L-1049G/02-82 at this time.
05MAY57 Returned to service.
20JAN59 Departed Sydney on a courtesy flight to Port Moresby becoming the first L-1049 to land at Port Moresby.
06MAR60 Operated first service on lease to Malayan Airways (Hong Kong, Singapore, Jakarta).
18MAR60 Departed Sydney on the inaugural L-1049 service to Noumea.
24MAR60 Departed Sydney on a training flight to Avalon.
25AUG60 Departed Sydney to uplift the passengers from the crashed VH-EAC at Mauritius.
23DEC60 Leased to TEAL.
MAR61 Returned to Qantas.
10JUN61 Departed Sydney for Perth where the aircraft was based.
26JUL61 Returned to Sydney after Perth basing.
01JAN63 Total Time: 20,499 hours.
15JAN63 Departed Sydney on its last Qantas service (a migrant charter).
02FEB63 Sold to Boeing and cancelled from the Australian Register the same day. Departed Sydney on delivery to Burbank via Nadi, Honolulu, San Jose and San Francisco (Capt J.G. Morton). It is reported that the aeroplane departed Sydney as N93163, although no record of this registration can be found. If indeed VH-EAK was cancelled from the Australian Register on the same day that it departed for the United States, it stands to reason that the delivery flight must have been under another registration. However, the aircraft was photographed at Mascot on 02FEB63 with all Qantas markings removed but still retaining the registration VH-EAK.
04FEB63 Arrived Burbank. Flight Time: 32:06. Total Time: 20,680:24.
63 Sold to Airmotive Inc for spares.
DEC64 Noted in a parking lot near Burbank minus outer wings and tail awaiting scrapping. Still carrying the name "Southern Mist". See photo.
69 Still present at Burbank but presumed subsequently scrapped.

Issue Date Remarks
8 04AUG22
Added an image thanks to Eric Allen.
7 15FEB22
Added an image thanks to Ken Watson.
6 10FEB21
Added three images thanks to John Harker.
Image 1 Image 2 Image 3
5 25FEB16
Revised presentation of type.
4 18JUN01
Clarified use of name "Southern Moon" on this aeroplane.

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