|09DEC58||Ordered by ANSETT-ANA|
|01APR59||Purchased by ANSETT-ANA and handed over at Burbank|
|04APR59||Registered to ANSETT-ANA as VH-RMB|
|05APR59||Departed Burbank via San Francisco, Honolulu, Canton Island and Nadi.|
|08APR59||Arrived Essendon. Crew: Captains R. Sealey, N. Murdoch and J. McRobbie, Navigator W.C. Kennedy and Engineer Nealey.|
|16APR59||Entered service Essendon to Perth|
placed an advertisement in
the Sydney Morning Herald on this date:|
"Announcement to our patrons. ANSETT-ANA Electra refinement programme started yesterday. For the next 12 days only one Electra will operate and during that period, the other Electra schedules will be maintained by the all-new Viscount II's, jet-giants which also flew first for ANSETT-ANA. The Electra refinements are being carried out by our own engineering staff, assisted by Lockheed technicians. Engines will be uplifted 3 degrees, to eliminate even the slightest vibration and still further reduce the already low noise volume. On completion of this programme, the ANSETT-ANA Electras will be identical with the latest Electras now rolling off the Lockheed production line in Burbank, U.S.A. The ANSETT-ANA Electras will resume service well before any other Australian airline operates an Electra, and will be as modern as any Electra flying or about to enter service here or anywhere else in the world. Since March 18th., ANSETT-ANA Electras have carried 74,485 passengers on more than 1,000 inter-Capital flights. Most people prefer to walk the Golden Carpet to ANSETT-ANA Golden Jet Service."
The original thrust line was -1 degree so uptilting the engines by 3 degrees resulted in a thrust line of +2 degrees. Only VH-RMA and VH-RMB required this modification as all other Australian Electras were delivered with the modification incorporated on the production line.
|01JUL59||A subsequent advertisement in the Sydney Morning Herald on this date announced that ANSETT-ANA's first "Electra Mk II" (VH-RMA) was back in service and that the second Electra (VH-RMB) would return to service on 4 July 1959. (Source: Fred Niven)|
|26APR61||Departed Essendon for Burbank (Source: Ansett- see below)|
|22MAY61||Entered LEAP as LEAP #152 ANA-2 (Source: Lockheed - see above)|
|23MAY61||Returned to Essendon after LEAP (Source: Ansett- see below)|
|10JUN61||Completed LEAP (Source: Lockheed - see above)|
|31JUL61||Delayed at Essendon due to a bomb hoax|
|09AUG61||Arrived at Sydney with a suspected bomb on board but it transpired that it was a hoax|
|18DEC69||Registered to ATI|
|02FEB71||Operated a route endorsement flight to Cocos Islands. Crew: Captains K. Hants and J. McRobbie.|
|06MAY71||Last passenger service|
|17JUN72||Departed Melbourne for conversion to L-188AF freighter by Lockheed, Ontario, California. Routing via Port Moresby, Wake Island and Honolulu. Crew: Captains B. Porter and I. Armstrong-Taylor, Flight Engineer P. Nash and Navigator W.C. Kennedy.|
|19JUN72||Arrived at Ontario.|
|06OCT72||Departed Ontario after freighter conversion.|
|10OCT72||Arrived Melbourne from Ontario via Hilo, Wake Island and Port Moresby. Crew: Captains K. Hants and B. Amundsen, Navigator W.C. Kennedy and Flight Engineer P. Straney.|
|19OCT72||Returned to service Melbourne to Launceston|
|15FEB82||The aircraft participated in a memorial flypast for Sir Reginald Ansett who passed away on 23DEC81. Crew: Captain D. Brown and First Officer R. Cook.|
|29JAN84||Last service Melbourne/Hobart/Launceston/Melbourne. Crew: Captain R. McCrystal, First Officer P. Larrain and Flight Engineer K. Shirt. VH-RMB accumulated 53,886 hours with Ansett.|
|29JUN84||Sold to Turbo Power International|
|31AUG84||Cancelled from Australian register|
|12SEP84||Departed Melbourne as N358Q on delivery to Turbo Power International. Routing: Nadi, Faleolo, Hilo, San Francisco and Amarillo. Crew: Captains S. Clark and J.E. Rollston, Flight Engineer J.D. Norton and Navigator B.S. McEwen|
|MAR85||To JBQ Aviation Corporation, Miami, Florida|
|DEC85||Leased to Fred Olsen of Norway for approximately one month then returned to TPI|
|27OCT86||Leased to Fred Olsen of Norway|
|05DEC86||Returned to TPI|
|18MAY88||Seen at Miami leased to ALM|
|AUG89||Registered to TPI International Airways Inc, Miami, Florida|
|08APR92||Repossessed by Internationale Nederlanden Bank NV and sold to MCA Aviation Corporation and sold again to JBQ Aviation Corporation, Miami, Florida, all on the same day.|
|13OCT92||Seen at Opa Locka with new registration N358WS, ALM titles and no engines|
|DEC92||Reregistered N358Q to JBQ Aviation Corporation, Miami, Florida|
|09NOV96||Seen at Opa Locka missing many parts|
|JAN97||Cancelled from US register|
|25MAR97||Seen at Opa Locka with only top part of fuselage remaining|
Added an image thanks to Eric Allen.
Added an image of the aircraft as N358Q with Ansett markings removed prior to sale thanks to Peter Gates.
Added an image of the aircraft with MK II titles thanks to Greg Newlyn.
Added an image of the severed nose section of VH-RMB.
Added an image of VH-RMB thanks to Peter Gates.
Added an image of N358Q thanks to Peter Gates.
Added an image of VH-RMB as a freighter in the Ansett Delta scheme. Thanks to Phil Vabre of the CAHS.
Refreshed page layout with no change to data.
Added the date (01JUL59) that the aircraft returned to service after the engine uptilt mod.
Added a reference to the engine thrust line (see 22JUN59). This was sourced from Lockheed drawings in the Qantas Heritage Collection thanks to Colin Lock and Juanita Franzi.
Added images of VH-RMB and N358Q thanks to Peter Gates.
Added an image of the scrapping of N358Q thanks to René Dannies.
Made several corrections and additions to the dates and crew names for the freighter conversion thanks to Gil White.
Added details of the memorial flypast on 15FEB82 thanks to Gil White.
Added crew names thanks to Gil White.
Added LEAP details thanks to Pete Clukey
Additional material thanks to Fred Niven and John Wilson
Additional images thanks to Peter Gates
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