VH-EAJ Southern Star

Type: L-1049E-55-81 Super Constellation
L-1049E/01-55 Super Constellation (converted)
L-1049E/01-82 Super Constellation (converted?)
MSN: 4549
Subsequent Identities: N9718C


54 Built for Braathens SAFE as L-1049E-55-89 but completed as L-1049E-55-81 for Qantas.
09FEB54 CofR No 2063 issued to Qantas Empire Airways as VH-EAJ.
04JUN54 First flown.
18JUN54 Export CofA No E-27617 issued.
30JUN54 Accepted by Qantas as VH-EAJ "Southern Star".
02JUL54 Departed Burbank on delivery to Sydney via Honolulu and Nadi. (Capt A.A.E. Yates)
05JUL54 Arrived Sydney. Total Time 84:33.
24JUL54 Entered service (to Vancouver).
22JUL56 Withdrawn from service for "D" overhaul and conversion to L-1049E/01-55
08AUG56 Returned to service.
06MAR57 Withdrawn from service for "B" overhaul and fitment of weather radar.
Possibly converted to L-1049E/01-82 at this time.
07APR57 Returned to service.
16DEC57 Wing tip collided with wing tip of VH-EAM while VH-EAJ was taxying at Sydney for Hong Kong. The flight was delayed by seven hours.
26NOV59 Departed Sydney on its last Qantas service (to Port Moresby). On return to Sydney withdrawn from service for "D" overhaul.
02JAN60 Sold to Lockheed. Acceptance flight conducted at Sydney. Total Time: 15,607. Landings: 3,902.
05JAN60 Departed Sydney on delivery to Ontario. (Capt J.J. Connolly).
08JAN60 Cancelled from Australian Register.
13JAN60 Re-registered N9718C.
JAN60 Leased to Twentieth Century Airlines.
06FEB61 Leased to Capitol Airways.
01DEC61 Sold to Capitol Airways. (Capitol state 19MAY61).
66/67 Operated by Capitol International Airways for Berliner Flug Ring in 108 seat configuration on inclusive tour charters during the European summer.
12JUL67 Total Time: 22,976 hours.
67 Stored at Wilmington, Delaware by the end of Summer 67.
70 Transferred to Sebring, Florida for storage in March or April and advertised for sale at US$25,000.00.
05JUL72 Sold to California Airmotive Corp but remained in storage at Sebring.
13APR73 Sold to Midair Inc and subsequently delivered to Barstow, California for conversion to a sprayer.
SEP75 Noted being broken up at Barstow. Midair went bankrupt and the sprayer conversion was never commenced.
MAR77 Still at Barstow partially broken up. Believed subsequently scrapped.
81 Still on registered to Midair Inc.
APR82 Cancelled from U.S. Register.

Issue Date Remarks
2 25FEB16
Revised presentation of type.
1 06JAN00 -

Return to the Constellation Menu

Return to the Lockheed File