VH-UXH C.J. Levien


Type: L-10A Electra
MSN: 1060
Previous Identities: Nil
Subsequent Identities: ZK-ALH

History:

08MAR36 Completed at Burbank.
16MAY36 Export CofA E-1957 issued.
07JUN36 Departed San Francisco as deck cargo on the S.S. "Hauraki" for Adelaide. Called en route at Dunedin, N.Z. to enable Union Airways to inspect the Electra.
31JUL36 Arrived at Port Adelaide, SA. on delivery to Guinea Airways Ltd who had purchased the Electra for 18,000. The aircraft was assembled in the Adelaide Airways hangar at Parafield under the supervision of Lockheed engineer, Dale E. Hixson.
04AUG36 Registration application from Guinea Airways Ltd.
05AUG36 Test flown at Parafield by Lockheed test pilot Vernon Dorrell.
20AUG36 CofR No 603 and CofA No 560 issued as VH-UXH, the first of its type on the Register.
20AUG36 Flown to Essendon, Melbourne in 2 hours 17 minutes for demonstration flights on behalf of Brown and Dureau, Lockheed's Australasian agents. Captained by GAL General Manager, Eric Chater, with GAL Assistant G.M., Frank T. O'Dea as First Officer. Guinea Airways named the aeroplane "C.J. Levien" in honour of the airline's founder.
05SEP36 Flew to Mascot, Sydney in the record time of 2 hours 26 minutes. Flown by Eric Chater and Bert Heath.
05SEP36 Departed for Brisbane for further demonstration flights.
18SEP36 Departed Brisbane for Port Douglas (5 hours).
19SEP36 Departed Port Douglas direct to Wau, New Guinea (4 hours).
28OCT36 Departed Wau on a charter to Melbourne for the Melbourne Cup. Overnighted at Port Moresby and Brisbane.
13NOV36 Returned to Wau.
12FEB37 Although popular and reliable, the Electra was found to be unsuitable for New Guinea operations. The Electra departed Wau on this date on its return to Parafield. Arrived Brisbane in 10 hours flying time having refuelled at Townsville.
FEB37 The Electra was used to survey a proposed Adelaide to Darwin service. Crewed by Eric Chater and Bert Heath.
22FEB37 Commenced a weekly service from Adelaide to Darwin.
25APR37 The aircraft was damaged at Tennant Creek when a truck backed into the port propellor. The aircraft was subsequently flown to Darwin with the damaged propellor. The company was later reprimanded by DCA.
22MAY37 Departed Darwin for Melbourne on charter to the Sun newspaper carrying photographs of the coronation of King George VI.
28JUL37 The Electra, captained by Hugh Hughes, surveyed a new route from Adelaide to Sydney via Mildura, Hay and Cootamundra. The aircraft returned to Parafield the next day.
16AUG37 The new service to Sydney commenced. The service lasted only 11 months, finishing on 16JUL38.
DEC42 Flown to Port Moresby to participate in the Buna campaign.
43 For much of the war the aircraft was used on Guinea Airways courier service between Adelaide and Darwin. Numerous forced landings were made although the aircraft was not damaged.
05FEB44 Forced landing near Cowell, SA.
26AUG46 Withdrawn from service. Total Time: 16,711 hours.
28AUG46 Sold to Union Airways of New Zealand as ZK-ALH.
18SEP46 Cancelled from the Australian Register.
30SEP46 Arrived Wellington, N.Z. on the "Karitane". After re-assembly at Rongotai, it was ferried to Palmerston North as VH-UXH.
13JAN47 New Zealand CofA issued as ZK-ALH. The CofA had been delayed by problems with the fitment of radio equipment. The aircraft was named "Koreke" in NAC service.
24FEB49 The aircraft was damaged at Hamilton when the wheels were retracted instead of the flaps. Total Time: 19,607 hours.
08MAR49 Test flown at Palmerston North after repairs.
29JUL49 Withdrawn from service and placed in outside storage at Palmerston North.
FEB51 Sold to Rural Aviation Ltd as a source of spares for their Beaver fleet.
12MAR51 Cancelled from the New Zealand Register.
MAR53 The aircraft was dismantled at Palmerston North. The fuselage went to Longburn near Palmerston North and was later scrapped.
80s Parts of the fuselage were airfreighted to Australia for use as patterns in the restoration of Electra VH-UZO. These parts were subsequently scrapped.



Issue Date Remarks
7 26JAN17
Added two images of the aircraft taken in February 1938 thanks to Deborah Raper. Image 1Image 2
6 04SEP16
Added an image of the aircraft at Katherine in OCT38 thanks to John Hopton.
5 03APR16
Refreshed page layout with no change to data.
4 01SEP12
Added a John Harrison image of the aircraft thanks to Phil Vabre of the CAHS.
Added an image of the aircraft in camouflage thanks to David Freeman and Geoff Goodall.
3 06MAR06
Added an image of the aircraft as ZK-ALH. Thanks to Ed Coates.
2 13OCT01
Added three new images.




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