VH-ECD Pacific Enterprise


Type: L-188C Electra
MSN: 2008
Previous Identities: Nil
Subsequent Identities: ZK-TED
N836E
PK-RLG

History:

01APR58 Ordered by Qantas
10AUG59 Application for CofR and CofA by Qantas Empire Airways Ltd.
25NOV59 First flight
VH-ECD
 
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
14MAR61 Completed LEAP
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)
ZK-TED
 
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)
N836E
 
21APR71 Sold to Nomads Inc., Detroit as N836E
23APR71 Departed Auckland on delivery to Nomads Inc
PK-RLG
 
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
   

 

SOURCES
1
File C3905/2 VH/ECA Pts 1 & 2 (21) N.A.A., Chester Hill



Issue Date Remarks
11 19NOV19
Added a reference to TAA's DayGlo livery.
10 20SEP19
Added a new image of VH-ECD thanks to Peter Gates.
9 02AUG19
Added a new image of N836E thanks to Peter Gates.
8 28MAY19
Added a new image of VH-ECD thanks to Eric Allen.
7 25JUN16
Added an image from the Qantas Heritage Collection.
6 03APR16
Refreshed page layout with no change to data.
5 12DEC15
Added an image of the aircraft as delivered to Mandala Airlines as PK-RLG. Thanks to Peter Gates for this very rare image.
4 06JAN04
Added several new references extracted from file C3905/2 VH/ECD (22) N.A.A., Chester Hill by Chris O'Neill.
3 06JUN03
Added three new colour images thanks to Peter Gates.





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