VH-EAE Southern Moon


Type: L-1049E-55-118 Super Constellation
L-1049E/01-55 Super Constellation (converted)
L-1049G/02-82 Super Constellation (converted)
MSN: 4578
Subsequent Identities: N9720C


54 Built as L-1049E-55-81 but converted to L-1049E-55-118 on the production line.
24SEP54 CofR No 2803 issued to Qantas Empire Airways as VH-EAE.
19NOV54 Photographed carrying the name "Southern Moon".
01FEB55 First flown.
04FEB55 Export CofA No E-27662 issued.
06FEB55 Accepted by Qantas as VH-EAE "Southern Moon". Was to be VH-EAM "Southern Sea". More details.
06FEB55 Departed Burbank on delivery to Sydney via Honolulu and Nadi.
08FEB55 Arrived Sydney. Flying Time 28:52. Total Time 35:58.
26FEB55 Entered service (to London).
56 Converted to L-1049E/01-55.
08FEB58 Withdrawn from service for "A" overhaul and modification to L-1049G/02-82 and fitment of tip tanks and weather radar.
21MAR58 Returned to service.
25SEP59 Operated a Royal flight to Bangkok.
09FEB60 Departed Sydney on last Qantas service (to Nadi).
02MAR60 Sold to Lockheed as N9720C. Cancelled from Australian Register same day. Total Time 14,744:22. Landings 3,341.
08MAR60 Departed Sydney on delivery to Ontario.
10MAR60 Arrived Ontario.
JUL60 Leased to Capitol Airways by this date.
MAY61 Leased to Capitol Airways again.
DEC61 Sold to Capitol Airways.
66-67 Operated for Berliner Flug Ring on inclusive tour flights during the European summer.
68 Withdrawn from service and stored at Wilmington, Delaware by this date.
JUL69 Last sighting at Wilmington.
70 Cancelled from U.S. Register and presumably scrapped at Wilmington.

Issue Date Remarks
5 02JUN17
Added a new image thanks to Peter Gates.
4 25FEB16
Revised presentation of type.
3 24JUN01
Clarified planned allocation of VH-EAM "Southern Sea" to this aeroplane.

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