Type: L-188A Electra
MSN: 1036
Previous Identities: N5524
Subsequent Identities: N351Q
C-GZVM (Tanker 485)


09FEB56 Ordered by Eastern Airlines
09FEB59 First flight
26FEB59 Delivered to Eastern Airlines as N5524
10FEB61 Entered LEAP as LEAP #81 EAL-10
09MAR61 Completed LEAP
71-72 Stored
18DEC72 Sold to Aerocarga SA
22DEC72 Delivered to Aerocarga as XA-FAM. Operated by Aeroservicios de California
22DEC78 Seen at Van Nuys, California with Aeroservicios de California titles
15APR79 Seen at Van Nuys, California with Aeroservicios de California titles
12DEC79 Sold by Morgan Rourke Aircraft Sales to Cardinal Corporation of Las Vegas as N83MR
29JAN80 Registered to Cardinal Corporation
JUN81 Cancelled from US register
JUL81 Registered to Northwest Territorial Airways as C-FNWY
12JAN91 Arrived East Midlands Airport in NWT colours on delivery to Air Bridge Carriers and stored
03APR91 Registered to Air Bridge Carriers, UK as G-FNWY
23MAY91 Departed Castle Donington for Mojave, California for noise tests in relation UK certification of the Electra
02JUN91 Seen stored at Mojave in passenger configuration
03DEC91 Cancelled from UK register
DEC91 Registered N3209A to JBQ Aviation Corporation
20JAN92 Seen at Opa Locka still with Air Bridge titles
21JUN92 Seen parked at Tucson in Air Bridge colours
14AUG92 Arrived Perth, Australia on delivery to Indian Ocean Airlines to operate pax services from Perth to Cocos Islands and Christmas Island
09SEP92 Registered VH-IOB to Indian Ocean Airlines, Belmont, Western Australia
14DEC92 Cancelled from Australian register having never entered service with IOA. Delays with certification forced IOA to charter other aircraft which eventually forced the company into bankruptcy.
15DEC92 Registered to JBQ Aviation Corporation as N351Q
09JAN93 Departed Perth on return to USA
10JAN93 Departed Cairns for USA
17JAN93 Seen at Opa Locka, Florida
14MAY95 Seen stored at Roswell, New Mexico in IOA titles
09MAY98 Seen at Phoenix, Arizona in service with Renown Aviation Inc
19SEP98 Renown Aviation were operating from NAS North Island, San Diego on a USN contract
26-27JUL02 Sold by Starman Brothers Auctions in Roswell, New Mexico.
26MAR03 Re-registered C-GZVM to Air Spray Ltd.
31MAY05 C-GZVM Tanker 85 is due to enter service with Air Spray Ltd after tanker conversion. The aircraft is marketed by Air Spray as a "Long Liner", a name derived from its ability to drop a long line of retardant.
27MAY10 Michael Hogan, an Electra captain with Airspray, advises that C-GZVM is now marked as Tanker 485. Although originally marked as T-85, the proliferation of tankers made it necessary to carry the full three digit call-sign on the aircraft. The aircraft operates as "Airspray 485".

Issue Date Remarks
14 28DEC22
13 05DEC22
Added a slideshow.
12 15DEC18
Added an image thanks to Geoff Goodall.
11 03APR16
Refreshed page layout with no change to data.
10 14DEC15
Added an image of the aircraft as N351Q with Renown Aviation. Thanks to Peter Gates.
9 13DEC15
Added 6 images of the aircraft before it became VH-IOB. Thanks to Peter Gates. All appear on the top row of the thumbnail table.
8 28MAY10
Update and a recent photo added thanks to Michael Hogan.
7 29MAY05
Advice received from Air Spray that the aircraft has been test flown and is due to enter service as a tanker on 31MAY05.
6 23OCT04
Added an image of the aircraft undergoing maintenance at Red Deer. Thanks to Ralph Pettersen.
5 25FEB04
The reference to a ferry flight from Johannesburg on 20NOV02 has been deleted as it was incorrect. Thanks to Sean Keating for pointing out the error and for supplying the correct details of the change of ownership.
4 26JAN04
Added Canadian registration.
3 19JUN03
Added delivery to Air Spray.

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