VH-ECD Pacific Enterprise
|01APR58||Ordered by Qantas|
|10AUG59||Application for CofR and CofA by Qantas Empire Airways Ltd.|
|03DEC59||CofR 3279 and CofA 3279 issued to Qantas as VH-ECD|
|06DEC59||Arrived Sydney on delivery to Qantas as "Pacific Enterprise" (Capt C.G. Fox) (Source: Qantas News July 1984)|
|31DEC59||CofA validity extended to 09JAN60 to allow completion of crew training program at Avalon (Source: 1)|
|11FEB60||CofA renewed (Source: 1)|
|02MAR60||Leased to TAA for six months|
|08MAR60||Entered service with TAA as "Charles Sturt" TN402 Melbourne to Sydney. The aircraft was painted in a variation of TAA's DayGlo livery. (Apparently it was originally intended to be "John Batman" as recorded in some references but there is photographic proof of "Charles Sturt")|
TAA's DayGlo Livery
|MAY59||By this date, TAA had begun painting their aircraft with a fluorescent orange paint. This fluorescent pigment was developed by Switzer Bros Inc of Cleveland, Ohio and marketed as DayGlo Fire Orange™ for the specific purpose of enhancing aircraft visibility. (The name was originally presented as Day-Glo but the hyphen was subsequently dropped and there was no spacing between the two words.) For a time it was expected that the FAA would mandate the application of high visibility paint to all airliners, probably in the wake of the mid-air collision between a United DC-7 and a TWA Super Constellation over the Grand Canyon on 30 June 1956. TAA may have been pre-empting a mandatory requirement but in the event the FAA directive never eventuated. TAA's DayGlo scheme existed in two versions. The first version (used on the Viscount and F27) featured DayGlo on the fin, rudder, wing tips and prop spinners as well as the fine fuselage cheatline, some of the lettering on the fuselage and the kangaroo emblem. The second version confined DayGlo to the fin, rudder and wing tips with the addition of a white horizontal band and a revised style of lettering on the tail. Photographic evidence suggests that the Electras carried only the second version of the scheme. Again there were variations to the wing tip markings on the Electras. One variation featured a broad DayGlo band on the tip with narrower white and blue bands inboard. Another variation used in conjunction with the DayGlo tail consisted of natural metal tips with equal width narrow bands of blue, white and red inboard. TAA's DayGlo scheme was short-lived because it was prone to fading and it provided poor adhesion for subsequent layers of paint. Aircraft were photographed with sections of the tail markings abraded and for a time VH-TLB was missing the VH from its registration! In the absence of a mandatory requirement and given the difficulty in maintaining the DayGlo finish, TAA abandoned the scheme after approximately three years, although some aircraft retained the DayGlo scheme until their next scheduled repaint.|
|09SEP60||Last TAA service TN402 Melbourne to Sydney. Returned to Qantas as "Pacific Enterprise"|
|10NOV60||T.T. 1895.07 hours (Source: 1)|
|16FEB61||Entered LEAP as LEAP #85 QEA-4|
|30OCT61||T.T. 4005.38 hours (Source: 1)|
|17OCT62||T.T. 5439.30 hours (Source: 1)|
|27APR63||Operated the first Qantas Electra service to Johannesburg replacing Super Constellations|
|09OCT63||T.T. 6939.43 hours (Source: 1)|
|21NOV68||Became bogged beside the taxyway at Essendon|
|29JUL69||T.T. 22633 hours (Source: 1)|
|27MAR70||Operated the last Qantas flight into Essendon Airport (Melbourne)|
|29MAR70||Operated the last Qantas Electra service as QF322 to Wellington and returning to Sydney as QF327. (Source: Qantas News July 1984)|
|01APR70||Leased to Air New Zealand as ZK-TED and painted in Air New Zealand colours with green Qantas titles on rear fuselage for pooled services to Wellington. Aircraft rolled out of paint shop carrying both registrations VH-ECD and ZK-TED|
|30APR70||Cancelled from Australian register. (Source: 1)|
|30APR70||Departed Sydney on delivery to Air New Zealand as ZK-TED. (Source: Qantas News July 1984)|
|30AUG70||Departed Brisbane for Wellington after which the aircraft positioned to Auckland for storage. (Source: Qantas News July 1984)|
|21APR71||Sold to Nomads Inc., Detroit as N836E|
|23APR71||Departed Auckland on delivery to Nomads Inc|
|24OCT81||Departed Detroit in full Nomads livery on delivery to Mandala Airlines, Indonesia as PK-RLG.|
|Named "Jaya Perkasa" in Mandala service.|
|30NOV85||Right wheels fell off over Padang, Indonesia and aircraft diverted to Medan where it crash landed in flames, shedding all four propellers. Crew and 45 passengers escaped injury but aircraft written off|
|File C3905/2 VH/ECA Pts 1 & 2 (21) N.A.A., Chester Hill|
Added a reference to TAA's DayGlo livery.
Added a new image of VH-ECD thanks to Peter Gates.
Added a new image of N836E thanks to Peter Gates.
Added a new image of VH-ECD thanks to Eric Allen.
Added an image from the Qantas Heritage Collection.
Refreshed page layout with no change to data.
Added an image of the aircraft as delivered to Mandala Airlines as PK-RLG. Thanks to Peter Gates for this very rare image.
Added several new references extracted from file C3905/2 VH/ECD (22) N.A.A., Chester Hill by Chris O'Neill.
Added three new colour images thanks to Peter Gates.
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