VH-EAH Southern Sky
|54||Built as L-1049C-55-81.|
|09FEB54||CofR No 2061 issued to Qantas Empire Airways as VH-EAH.|
|25APR54||Accepted by Qantas as VH-EAH "Southern Sky".|
|26APR54||Export CofA No E-27610 issued.|
|26APR54||Departed Burbank on delivery to Sydney via Honolulu and Nadi.|
|28APR54||Arrived Sydney. Flight Time 27:47. Total Time 37:24. The aircraft subsequently operated a series of training flights.|
|07-09MAY54||Operated training flights.|
|10MAY54||Operated several courtesy flights. The aircraft also performed a flypast at the funeral of Arthur Baird.|
|11MAY54||Operated training flights.|
|19MAY54||Entered service (to Vancouver).|
|30JUL54||Departed Sydney for Essendon (Melbourne) where several courtesy flights were conducted.|
|02AUG54||Departed Sydney on the inaugural Qantas L-1049 service to London.|
|02JUN55||Departed Sydney for Tokyo but returned after 10 hours with No 2 engine shut down.|
|SEP56||Converted to L-1049E/01-55.|
|21OCT57||Withdrawn from service for "A" overhaul and fitment of weather radar.|
|17NOV57||Returned to service.|
|14OCT59||Departed Sydney on its last Qantas service (to London via Melbourne and the Kangaroo Route).|
|03NOV59||Sold to Lockheed as N9716C and cancelled from the Australian Register. Total Time 15,581:53. Landings 4,130.|
|04NOV59||Departed Sydney on delivery to Ontario, USA. (Capt J.G. Morton).|
|59||Stored initially at Burbank but later leased to Twentieth Century Airlines Inc.|
|MAR61||Leased to Capitol Airways Inc.|
|DEC61||Sold to Capitol Airways Inc.|
|AUG64||Withdrawn from service by this date and stored at Wilmington, Delaware. Later used for spares.|
|67||Cancelled from the U.S. Register.|
|AUG67||Derelict by this date and subsequently broken up at Wilmington.|
Added an image thanks to Eric Allen.
Added an image thanks to Ken Watson.
Added details of training flights and courtesy flights in MAY54.
Revised presentation of type.
Added an image from the Qantas Heritage Collection.