VH-EAC Harry Hawker



Type: L-749-79-31 Constellation
L-749A-79 Constellation (converted)
MSN: 2572
Subsequent Identities: XA-LIO


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.
30OCT47 Entered service.
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.
30SEP51 Repaint completed.
24MAR52 Withdrawn from service for conversion to L-749A-79 with higher all up weight.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.

Issue Date Remarks
8 18OCT21
Added two images from the State Library of NSW.
Image 1 Image 2
7 26SEP19
Added an image by Gus Grulke.
6 25FEB16
Revised presentation of types.
5 29DEC15
Added a reference to the delivery flight to Aerovias Guest. Thanks to Colin Lock.
4 26DEC15
Added 4 images from the Qantas Heritage Collection.
3 20AUG15
Added a colour image thanks to Peter Gates.
2 17SEP00 -

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