VH-EAF Horace Brinsmead
|Built as L649-79-21 for TWA (was to become NC86521) but order cancelled. Completed as L-749-79-35 for Air India.
|Accepted by Air India as VT-CQS "Mogul Princess". Export CofA No E-14769 issued same day.
|Registered VT-CQS to Air India. CofR No 1132.
|Departed Burbank on delivery.
|Arrived in Bombay.
|Departed Bombay for London via Cairo and Geneva on Air India's inaugural L-749 service.
|Sold to Qantas for £333,000. Total Time: 480:13.
|Registered to Qantas Empire Airways as VH-EAF. Named "Horace Brinsmead". CofR No 1782 issued. (Horace Brinsmead was Australia's first Controller of Civil Aviation).
|Arrived in Sydney on delivery.
|Departed Sydney on its first Qantas service (to N.Z.).
|Withdrawn from service for standardisation and tank sealing.
|Converted to L-749A-79 with higher all up weight.
for six Royal flights by Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh
during their tour of Australia. Capt Don McMaster.
16-17MAR Brisbane-Broken Hill
|Departed Sydney on its last Qantas service (to the U.K.).
|Returned to Sydney.
|Departed Sydney on sale to BOAC. Total Time: 8,188.
|Cancelled from the Australian Register.
|U.K. CofA issued.
|Entered service with BOAC named "Berkeley".
|Arrived in Sydney on its first BOAC service.
|Last service with BOAC. Stored at London Heathrow.
|Departed London on delivery to The Babb Co as N9816F.
|Leased to Transocean Airlines.
|Returned to The Babb Co.
|Leased to Capitol Airways by mid JUL59.
|Repossessed by BOAC and stored at Oakland, CA.
|Transferred to International Aircraft Services and converted to a freighter with a rear cargo door, probably at Bradley Field, Conn.
|BOAC were negotiating a lease to Alaska Airlines around this date but nothing eventuated.
|Stored at Bradley Field until JAN64.
|Re-registered to BOAC as G-ANTF.
|Leased to ACE Freighters.
|Delivered Newark to Gatwick.
|Entered service with ACE Freighters.
|Sold to ACE Freighters.
|Made perfect wheels up landing at Aden while on a Ministry of Defence contract flight. The crew feathered all four propellers and positioned them with the starters to avoid ground contact. Fire broke out in the nosewheel area but was quickly extinguished. After temporary repairs the aircraft returned to the U.K. and was soon back in service.
|Stored at Baginton-Coventry after ACE ceased operations on this date.
|Sold by tender to unknown purchaser but remained in storage at Baginton.
|Cancelled from U.K. Register as sold in the U.S.A. but never delivered.
|The deteriorated aircraft was set on fire at Baginton, destroying most of the fuselage.
|The burned out remains were scrapped at Baginton in late 71.
Revised presentation of type.
Added an image of the aircraft as N9816F with Transocean Airlines. Thanks to Dean Straw.
Added an image from the Qantas Heritage Collection.