VH-EAM Southern Spray


Type: L-1049H-82-133 Super Constellation
MSN: 4801
Subsequent Identities: N7776C


56 Built as L-1049H-82-133. The prototype L-1049H "Husky" convertible passenger/freighter.
20SEP56 First flown.
04OCT56 Christened "Southern Spray" at Burbank by Qantas secretaries Lola Fry and Pamela Cooke. Image
10OCT56 Accepted by Qantas.
13OCT56 Export CofA No E-28719 issued.
13OCT56 CofR No 2850 issued to Qantas Empire Airways as VH-EAM.
13OCT56 Departed Burbank on delivery to Sydney but returned to Burbank.
15OCT56 Departed Burbank on delivery to Sydney via Honolulu and Nadi.
17OCT56 Arrived Sydney. Flight Time: 28:17. Total Time: 40:06.
02NOV56 Entered service (to San Francisco via Nadi, Christmas Island and Honolulu).
27DEC57 Withdrawn from service for fitment of weather radar. The first Qantas aircraft to be modified.
26JAN57 Returned to service.
21MAR57 Operated a TAA charter.
23NOV57 Departed Sydney for Darwin to collect passengers from the delayed BOAC Britannia G-ANBF.
16DEC57 Wing tip damaged by the wing tip of departing VH-EAJ.
05FEB58 Departed Sydney for Canton Island with an engine for VH-EAD.
11JUN62 Operated its last Qantas service.
11JUL62 Departed Sydney on delivery to Ontario via Nadi and Honolulu. Flight Time: 28:40. Total Time: 13,922:41.
13JUL62 Arrived Ontario
24JUL62 Cancelled from Australian Register on sale to Air New Mex Inc as N7776C
SEP62 Noted under overhaul at Burbank after having been stored there. Converted to L-1049H-06.
JAN63 Leased to Intercontinental US Inc by this date.
24JAN63 Undercarriage collapsed during maintenance at Miami.
23APR64 Leased to Alaska Airlines.
31DEC64 Change of ownership to International Aerodyne Inc although lease to Alaska Airlines continued.
JUL66 Last reported with Alaska Airlines.
DEC66 Leased to Trans International (in Alaska colours) by this date until at least May 67.
23JUN68 Seen at Miami on lease to Aerotransportes Entre Rios as N7776C.
24JUN68 US registration cancelled and aircraft re-registered LV-PJU.
23AUG68 Re-registered LV-JHF with Aerotransportes Entre Rios although noted carrying this registration prior to this date.
SEP68 Returned to Miami and leased to Bolivian Airways as CP-797 "Carmen" by this date.
11DEC68 Registration LV-JHF cancelled.
10JAN69 Re-registered N7776C to International Aerodyne Inc.
06MAR69 To Air Cargo Operations Inc.
05JUN69 To Leasing Consultants Inc.
AUG69 In use on Biafran airlift by this date until at least MAR70.
SEP70 Noted stored at Fort Lauderdale.
26JAN71 Sold to L & H International Airmotive Inc. Still stored at Fort Lauderdale.
05MAR71 CofR issued (as N7776C).
JUL72 Flown to Columbus, Ohio and subsequently broken up for spares for Aircraft Specialties of Mesa, Arizona. (Some reports have the aircraft broken up at Mesa but it is believed to have been scrapped at Columbus).

Issue Date Remarks
7 28DEC22
6 27NOV22
Added a slideshow.
5 18NOV21
Added three images from the State Library of NSW.
Image 1 Image 2 Image 3
4 25JUN16
Added an image of the Christening ceremony at Burbank.
3 25FEB16
Revised presentation of type.
2 26DEC15
Added 2 images from the Qantas Heritage Collection. Image 1 Image 2
1 06JAN00
Original issue

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