VH-EAC Harry Hawker
|47||Built as L-749-79-31.|
|10MAR47||Registered to Qantas Empire Airways as VH-EAC. CofR No 1977.|
|10OCT47||Export CofA No E-14758 issued.|
|13OCT47||Accepted by Qantas as VH-EAC "Harry Hawker". (Harry Hawker was an Australian who became famous as a test pilot and designer with Sopwith in the U.K. He later gave his name to the famous Hawker aircraft company).|
|22OCT47||Departed Burbank on delivery to Australia.|
|26OCT47||Arrived in Sydney. Captains Jackson, Howse and Yates.|
|20MAR50||Departed London on the first Qantas service to Sydney via Colombo and Bombay. Capt R.J. Ritchie.|
|20DEC50||Visited Christchurch, New Zealand to commemorate the opening of the new airport. Capt Jackson.|
|10FEB51||Wing tip damaged in collision with BOAC L-749 G-ALAK.|
|25SEP51||Fuselage painted with white top and red cheatline.|
|24MAR52||Withdrawn from service for conversion to L-749A-79 with higher all up weight.|
|29APR52||Returned to service.|
|21OCT52||Operated the first Qantas service from Frankfurt to Sydney.|
|02DEC52||Departed Sydney on its first South African service.|
|14NOV53||Departed Sydney on its first service to London via Bangkok. Capt Pollock.|
|29MAR54||Departed Sydney on its first Tourist service to London.|
|03NOV54||Departed Sydney on the inaugural Qantas L-749 service to Tokyo via Darwin, Manila and Iwakuni.|
|22SEP55||A Qantas memo of this date states: "VH-EAC Planned departure 1/10 at 1000L EM732.035D In command Captain E Robinson, Captain M Bamman, Captain B Fawcett, N/O J Newton, R/O H Hocking, E/O P Allan, E/O B Haylock. Paxing, Ground Engineer E Harris." (Source: Qantas Heritage Collection via Colin Lock)|
|08OCT55||Sold to Aerovias Guest SA (Mexico) as XA-LIO. Total Time: 19,820. Departed Sydney on delivery to Mexico City via Nadi, Canton Island, Honolulu and San Francisco. Speedpak fitted. Captains E. Robinson, M. Bamman and B. Fawcett.|
|13OCT55||Cancelled from Australian Register.|
|.||Sold to California Airmotive Corp.|
|63||Stripped for parts at Burbank.|
|JUL63||Broken up by this date. Nose survived in a Burbank junk yard for some time afterwards.|
Added an image by Gus Grulke.
Revised presentation of types.
Added a reference to the delivery flight to Aerovias Guest. Thanks to Colin Lock.
Added 4 images from the Qantas Heritage Collection.
Added a colour image thanks to Peter Gates.