VH-EAL Southern Breeze


Type: L-1049E-55-118 Super Constellation
L-1049E/01-55 Super Constellation (converted)
L-1049G/02-82 Super Constellation (converted?)
MSN: 4574
Subsequent Identities: N9719C


54 Built as L-1049E-55 for Northwest Orient Airlines but completed as L-1049E-55-118 for Qantas.
24SEP54 CofR No 2806 issued to Qantas Empire Airways as VH-EAL.
22JAN55 First flown.
26JAN55 Accepted by Qantas as VH-EAL "Southern Breeze". Total Time: 8:57. Was to be named "Southern Wind". More details.
29JAN55 Departed Burbank on delivery to Sydney via Honolulu and Nadi.
31JAN55 Arrived Sydney. Flight Time: 29:25. Total Time: 38:22.
16FEB55 Entered service (to London).
56 Converted to L-1049E/01-55.
17APR57 Withdrawn from service for "C" overhaul and fitment of weather radar.
Possibly converted to L-1049G/02-82 at this time.
15OCT59 Departed Sydney on its last Qantas service (to Port Moresby).
10NOV59 Cancelled from the Australian Register and sold to Lockheed as N9719C. Total Time: 13,990:28. Landings: 3,044.
11NOV59 Departed Sydney on delivery to Ontario, California. (Capt J.R. Carroll). Stored at Burbank and later leased to Twentieth Century Airlines.
01JUN62 Leased to Trans International Airlines.
29FEB64 Sold to LANSA (Peru) as OB-R-741.
APR64 Noted at Long Beach as OB-R-741 ready for delivery to LANSA but never delivered.
09OCT64 Registration OB-R-741 cancelled.
64 Sold to West Coast Airmotive Corp (possibly before LANSA sale).
64 Sold to California Airmotive Corp.
31OCT64 Sold to American Flyers Airline Corp.
20SEP65 Damaged on landing at Ardmore, Oklahoma. After a three engine ferry flight the aircraft overshot the wet runway into ditches. The accident was attributed to a poorly planned approach. The aircraft was declared a write-off and used for spares.
AUG66 Last reported at Ardmore. Presumably subsequently broken up.

Issue Date Remarks
4 25FEB16
Revised presentation of type.
3 20AUG15
Added an image thanks to Peter Gates.
2 24JUN01
Clarified use of name "Southern Wind" on this aeroplane.


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