VH-EAA Southern Sea

Type: L-1049E/01-82-119 Super Constellation
L-1049G/02-82 Super Constellation (converted)
L-1049H/01-82 Super Constellation (converted)
MSN: 4580
Subsequent Identities: N9714C


FEB55 Built as L-1049E-55-81 but converted to L-1049E/01-82-119 on the production line.
22FEB55 First flown.
24FEB55 CofR No 2801 issued to Qantas Empire Airways as VH-EAA.
26FEB55 Accepted by Qantas as VH-EAA "Southern Sea". Was to be VH-EAO "Southern Mist". More details.
28FEB55 Export CofA No E-27666 issued.
01MAR55 Departed Burbank on delivery via Honolulu and Canton Island.
04MAR55 Arrived Sydney. Flying Time 29:25. Total Time 37:23.
22MAR55 Entered service (to San Francisco).
19JUL55 Sydney to Nadi record time 5:32. Captain A. Duffield.
05NOV55 Departed Sydney on the inaugural Super Constellation service to Johannesburg.
16JUN57 Withdrawn from service for "B" overhaul and fitment of weather radar.
13JUL57 Returned to service.
08JAN58 Withdrawn from service for conversion to L-1049G/02-82 and fitment of tip tanks.
24JAN58 Returned to service.
14FEB58 Operated a Royal flight from Christchurch to Colombo.
05MAR58 Departed Adelaide for London via Cocos Island and Johannesburg with the Queen Mother. Extensive delay at Mauritius with engine trouble. (Captain R.F. Uren).
03NOV58 Departed Sydney for Darwin to uplift passengers from the delayed BOAC Britannia G-ANBL.
23JAN59 Departed Sydney on the inaugural Super Constellation service to Port Moresby.
29JAN60 Departed Sydney for Ontario for conversion to L-1049H/01-82 convertible freighter by Lockheed Aircraft Service.
31JAN60 Arrived Ontario.
29MAR60 Departed Ontario.
04APR60 Arrived Sydney. (Captain D.J. Skinner).
31MAY60 Departed Sydney with a load of sheep for Bucharest.
APR61 Withdrawn from service.
21DEC61 Test flown prior re-entering service.
15DEC62 Departed Sydney on its last Qantas service. (To London via Hong Kong).
22JAN63 Cancelled from the Australian Register on sale to Lockheed.
23JAN63 Departed Sydney for Burbank as N9714C. Total Time 17,709:58.
JAN63 Sold to Eagle Aircraft Inc.
64 Sold to World Wide Airways Inc. (Canada) as CF-PXX.
15AUG65 Flown to Buffalo, NY to escape the collapse of World Wide Airways.
MAY66 Sold to International Aerodyne Inc as N9714C.
AUG66 Leased to Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra for a world tour until November 66.
12APR67 Re-registered LV-IXZ for lease to Aerotransportes Entre Rios.
14APR67 Noted at London, Gatwick still as N9714C operating a charter for AER.
APR70 Withdrawn from service by this date and stored at Buenos Aires- Ezeiza where the aeroplane was subsequently scrapped. (Date unknown).

Issue Date Remarks
7 20SEP22
Added an image of VH-EAA at San Francisco thanks to Eric Allen.
6 03AUG22
Added three images thanks to Eric Allen. Image 1 Image 2 Image 3
5 25FEB16
Revised presentation of type.
4 29DEC15
Added an image of the aircraft as CF-PXX. Thanks to Gordon Reid.
3 24JUN01
Clarified use of name "Southern Mist" on this aeroplane.

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