VH-IPB. AW-650-222 Argosy. c/n 6805.

 

Built by Armstrong Whitworth, England - 1966

Entered onto the British Aircraft Register as G-ATTC (CofR R.9014/1) - April 19, 1966

Registered to British European Airways Corporation, Ruislip, Middlesex

First flown as G-ATTC - October 30, 1966

Delivered new to British European Airways - November 21, 1966

Operated first revenue service London (Heathrow) - Manchester - Glasgow - November 22, 1966

Made an emergency landing at Paris (le Bourget) whilst operating Milan - London service - February 16, 1968

The Number 4 engine reduction gearbox failed causing the propeller to separate

In doing so it struck the Number 3 engine, wrecking it, and inflicted major damage to the fuselage

Repaired and returned to service

Sold to Midwest Airlines, Canada - April 39, 1970

Cancelled from the British Aircraft Register - April 30, 1970

Entered onto the Canadian Aircraft Register as CF-TAZ - ?

Registered to Midwest Airlines

Leased to Tranzair Canada as the registered operator

Withdrawn from service by Transair Canada and offered for sale - ?

Sold to Soaco Ste Anonyme de Construction, Gabon - November 09, 1976

Cancelled from the Canadian Aircraft Register - ?

Entered onto the Gabon Aircraft Register as TR-LWR - ?

Registered to SOACA

Sold to Interstate Parcel Express Company (Ipec), Australia - May 22, 1978

Major work was carried out on the aircraft before it could enter service in Australia

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-IPB - September 01, 1978

Registered to Interstate Parcel Express Co (Aust) Pty Ltd, Melbourne

The aircraft was initially named 'Spirit of Patience' and later 'G. P. Barton'

It was finally named 'Virtue of Patience'

Operated last Ipec revenue service - March 05, 1990

Leased to SAFE Air, Blenheim, New Zealand - April 23, 1990

Delivered to SAFE Air at Blenheim - April 25, 1990

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - May 02, 1990

Entered onto the New Zealand Aircraft Register as ZK-SAL - May 08, 1990

Registered to Mayne Nickless Limited, Melbourne, Victoria t/a IPEC Aviation

SAFE Air announced the closure of its airline business would take place in September - August 16, 1990

The morning after this announcement the word 'CARGO' on the forward fuselage was changed to 'CANGO'

Operated final Safe-Air revenue service - September 16, 1990

Ferried New Zealand - Melbourne (Essendon) - September 22, 1990

Cancelled from the New Zealand Aircraft Register - September 26, 1990

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-IPB - October 18, 1990

Registered to IPEC Aviation, Melbourne

The aircraft did not reenter service and was stored at Melbourne (Essendon) Airport

Scrapped by Simmsmetal Ltd - December 03, 1990

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - December 04, 1990

This aircraft had flown 28,416 hours / 18,183 cycles

 

G-ATTC. BEA Cargo - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, date unknown.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-329.)

CF-TAZ. Transair Cargo - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, May 1975.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-976.)

CF-TAZ. Transair Cargo - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, July 1975.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-203.)

TR-LWR. SOACO - in the basic Transair livery at an unknown airport, July 1976.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-111.)

VH-IPB. Ipec - in the standard livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, September 1978.

(G. Bennett Copyright Image 1920-337.)

VH-IPB. Ipec - in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1979.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 1920-194.)

VH-IPB. Ipec - in the standard livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, February 1979.

(G. Bennett Copyright Image 1920-336.)

VH-IPB. Ipec - in the standard livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, February 1979.

(G. Bennett Copyright Image 1920-345.)

VH-IPB. Ipec - 'Spirit of Patience' in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, date unknown.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-114.)

VH-IPB. Ipec - 'G. P. Barton' in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, date unknown.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-225.)

VH-IPB. Ipec - 'Virtue of Patience' in the standard livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, date unknown.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-115.)

VH-IPB. Ipec - 'Virtue of Patience' in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, April 14, 1984.

(G. Bennett Copyright Image 1920-346.)

VH-IPB. Ipec - in the partial livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, January 1989.

(G. Bennett Copyright Image 1920-175.)

VH-IPB. Ipec - in the revised livery at Brisbane Airport, October 1989.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-116.)

ZK-SAL. Safe Air Cargo - in the basic Ipec livery with new 'Cango' titles at Christchurch Airport, August 17, 1990.

(M. Condon Copyright Image 1920-975.)

ZK-SAL. Safe Air - in the basic Ipec / Safe Air livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, date unknown.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-121.)

ZK-SAL. Safe Air - in the basic Ipec / Safe Air livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, November 1990.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-186.)

VH-IPB. Ipec - in the basic Ipec / Safe Air livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, November 16, 1990.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-221.)

VH-IPB. Ipec - at Melbourne Essendon Airport, December 1990.

(G. Bennett Copyright Image 1920-338.)

VH-IPB. Ipec - at Melbourne Essendon Airport, December 1990.

(G. Bennett Copyright Image 1920-339.)