VH-EAF Southern Wind

Type: L-1049E-55-118 Super Constellation
L-1049E/01-55 Super Constellation (converted)
L-1049G/02-82 Super Constellation (converted)
MSN: 4579
Subsequent Identities: Nil


54 Built as L-1049E-55-118.
24SEP54 CofR No 2804 issued to Qantas Empire Airways as VH-EAF.
12FEB55 First flown.
18FEB55 Export CofA No E-27664 issued.
19FEB55 Accepted by Qantas as VH-EAF "Southern Wind". Was to be VH-EAN "Southern Horizon". More details. Total Time 11:11.
20FEB55 Departed Burbank on delivery via Honolulu, Canton Island and Nadi.
23FEB55 Arrived Sydney. Flight Time 29:15 Total Time 39:26.
05MAR55 Entered service (to London).
02OCT55 Departed Sydney for courtesy flights in New Zealand. (Auckland 6 flights, Wellington 3 flights and Christchurch 6 flights).
08OCT55 Returned to Sydney.
56 Converted to L-1049E/01-55.
06JAN57 Departed Sydney on the inaugural L-1049 service to Hong Kong under the command of Capt R.F. Uren.
31MAY57 Withdrawn from service for "A" overhaul and fitment of weather radar.
Converted to L-1049G/02-82, probably at this time.
04JUL57 Returned to service.
13APR63 Departed Sydney on the last Qantas L-1049 service (to Johannesburg).
16APR63 Arrived Johannesburg.
23APR63 Sold to Boeing.
23APR63 Departed Sydney on delivery to Burbank via Nadi, Honolulu and San Francisco. (Captain A. Rayment and Captain R.A. Pitt).
25APR63 Arrived Burbank. Total Time 20,705:49. Cancelled from Australian Register same day.
63 Sold to Airmotive Inc for spares. Stored in a parking lot near Burbank minus outer wings and tail.
DEC64 Noted awaiting scrapping. Presumably subsequently scrapped.

Issue Date Remarks
9 20SEP22
Added an image thanks to Eric Allen.
8 03AUG22
Added an image thanks to Eric Allen.
7 25FEB16
Revised presentation of type.
6 29DEC15
Added an image thanks to Noel Dures.
5 18DEC15
Added an image of the aircraft undergoing retraction tests in Singapore in 1959. Thanks to Brian Horsey.
4 12JUN12
Added a photo of the instrument panel thanks to Phil Vabre of the Civil Aviation Historical Society.
3 24JUN01
Clarified planned allocation of VH-EAN "Southern Horizon" to this aeroplane.

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