VH-ECB. Lockheed 188C Electra. c/n 2004.


 

Second of four Electras ordered new by Qantas - April 01, 1958

This order was officially announced - May 23, 1958

First flown - October 03, 1959

Powered by Allison 501-D13 turboprop engines

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-ECB - October 30, 1959

Registered to Qantas Airways Ltd, Sydney

Departed Burbank on the delivery flight to Australia - November 04, 1959

Arrived Sydney (Kingsford Smith) at the conclusion of the delivery flight - November 07, 1959

Delivery route: Burbank - San Francisco - Honolulu - Canton Island - Sydney

Flight crew: Captains J. A. Bird, C. G. Fox (Qantas); Captain J. Davis (Lockheed)

This was the first Electra to be delivered to the airline's base at Sydney (Kingsford Smith) Airport

Aircraft was named 'Pacific Explorer'

Flew inaugural Sydney - Hong Kong Electra service via Port Moresby - Biak - Manila - December 19, 1959

Departed Sydney for the United States for wing and engine mount modification - December 1960

Ferry route: Sydney - Nadi - Canton Island - Honolulu - Burbank

Entered the Lockheed (LEAP) Program as LEAP #46 QEA-2 - December 12, 1960

LEAP modification completed - January 19, 1961

Ferried Burbank - Sydney on return to Qantas - January 1961

Operated the inaugural Sydney - Christchurch service (Captain A. L. Gay) - October 04, 1961

Operated the inaugural Melbourne (Essendon) - Auckland service - October 08, 1961

Operated the inaugural Melbourne (Essendon) - Wellington service (Captain P. L. Oakley) - October 04, 1963

Withdrawn from service at Sydney and offered for sale - June 1967

Sold to California Airmotive / Air California and painted in the original Air California livery at Sydney

Departed Sydney on the ferry flight to the United States (Captain A. L. Gay) - August 14, 1967

Ferry route: Sydney - Nadi - Honolulu - San Francisco - Santa Ana

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - August 17, 1967

Aircraft had flown 16,455:57 hours

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N385AC - August 18, 1967

Registered to GATX Booth

Leased to Air California as the registered operator

Sold to Aircraft Holdings - March 19, 1969

Sold to F B Ayer & Associates - November 07, 1969

Sold to Universal Trading Corporation, Panama - December 17, 1969

Withdrawn from use and stored at Fort Worth, Texas - 1970

Ferried Forth Worth - Tucson, Arizona for storage - 1971

Sold to F B Ayer & Associates - January 12, 1972

Leased to Intermountain Aviation as the registered operator - January 1972

Recertified in Experimental category to test Sperry radiometric systems for Lockheed - April 23, 1973

Sold to WHARFCA Inc - November 12, 1973

Leased to Ecuatoriana as the registered operator - November 1973

Returned to WHARFCA on termination of the lease - July 1974

Sold to F B Ayer & Associates - July 14, 1974

Sold to Transportes Aereos Nacionales Ecuatorianos (TAME) - August 06, 1974

Entered onto the Ecuadorian Aircraft Register as HC-AZJ - August 1974

Allocated the Ecuadorian Air Force Registration 'FAE2004'

Aircraft was named 'Pichincha'

Damaged beyond repair following a belly landing at Taura, Ecuador - September 04, 1989

Scrapped

 


 

VH-ECB. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - in original livery prior to delivery, October 1959.

VH-ECB. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - in original livery prior to delivery, October 1959.

VH-ECB. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - in original livery over California, October 1959.
 

 

VH-ECB. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - in original livery over California, October 1959.
 

VH-ECB. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - on arrival at Sydney Airport, November 7, 1959.

VH-ECB. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - on arrival at Sydney Airport, November 7, 1959.

VH-ECB. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - the interior configuration and seating color scheme.

Capt Jack Bird with the Japanese & Chinese cabin crew who will operate the Far East Route.

 

Capt Jack Bird with the Japanese and Chinese cabin crew who will operate the Far East Route.

Capt Jack Bird with the Chinese cabin crew at Sydney Airport, November 1959.

VH-ECB. Capt Jack Bird with Japanese & Chinese cabin crew who will operate the Far East Route.

VH-ECB. The Japanese & Chinese cabin crew who will operate the Electras on the Far East Route.

VH-ECB. Connoisseur meals and 'Blue-ribbon' cabin service provided for De Luxe Class passengers.

VH-ECB. Connoisseur meals and 'Blue-ribbon' cabin service provided for De Luxe Class passengers.

VH-ECB. Connoisseur meals and 'Blue-ribbon' cabin service provided for De Luxe Class passengers.

VH-ECB. Connoisseur meals and 'Blue-ribbon' cabin service provided for De Luxe Class passengers.

VH-ECB. Connoisseur meals and 'Blue-ribbon' cabin service provided for De Luxe Class passengers.

VH-ECB. High quality cabin service provided to the 'Tourist' Class passengers.

VH-ECB. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - original livery at Sydney Airport, December 1965.

VH-ECB. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - in the original livery at Richmond, May 1967.

VH-ECB. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - in the original livery at Richmond, May 1967.

VH-ECB. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - in the original livery at Richmond, May 1967.

VH-ECB. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - in the original livery at Richmond, May 1967.

VH-ECB. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - in the original livery at Sydney Airport, May 1967.

VH-ECB. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - in the original livery at Sydney Airport, May 1967.

VH-ECB. Air California - in original livery at Sydney Airport, August 1967.

VH-ECB. Air California - in original livery at unknown airport, August 1967.
 

N385AC. Air California - in original livery with new tail logo, October 1968.

N385AC. Air California - in original livery with new tail logo, November 1968.

 

N385AC. Ecuatoriana - in basic Intermountain livery at unknown location, April 1974.

 

N385AC. Ecuatoriana - in basic Intermountain livery at unknown location, April 1974.

HC-AZJ. TAME - in the original livery at Sucre Quito Airport, date unknown.

HC-AZJ. TAME - in the original livery at Miami Airport, September 1974.

HC-AZJ. TAME - in the original livery at an unknown airport, June 1976.
 

HC-AZJ. TAME - in the final livery at Miami Airport, June 1987.

HC-AZJ. TAME - in the final livery at an unknown airport, May 1988.