VH-EAB. Lockheed L-1049E Constellation. c/n 4581.


Built as an L-1049E-55-81 but converted during construction to L-1049E-01-82-119

Entered onto Australian Aircraft Register as VH-EAB - February 24, 1955

Registered to Qantas Empire Airways Ltd

First flown at Burbank - February 26, 1955

Accepteb by Qantas at Burbank - March 4, 1955

Aircraft was named 'Southern Horizon'

Departed Burbank, California on delivery flight to Australia - March 5, 1955

Arrived Sydney at conclusion of delivery flight - March 8, 1955

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

Flight time: 32 hours 36 minutes

Operated first revenue service Sydney-Vancouver - April 2, 1955

Visited Singapore (Paya Lebar) for opening of new airport (Capt R. Bruce) - August 20, 1955

Modified to Lockheed 1049E-01-55 standard - 1956

Departed Athens carrying Olympic Flame for Melbourne Olympic Games - November 3, 1956

Withdrawn from service for fitting of weather radar and 'C' service - July 15, 1957

Re-entered service - August 11, 1957

Withdrawn from service for modification to L-1049G-01-82 with wingtip tanks - January 23, 1958

Re-entered service - February 6, 1958

Operated inaugural Brisbane-London L-1049 service - April 3, 1958

Operated inaugural TEAL-Qantas Melbourne-Auckland-Nadi service - December 1958

Withdrawn from service and interior fittings stipped ready for freighter conversion - May 26, 1960

Departed Sydney on delivery to Ontario for conversion to L-1049H-01-55 freighter - June 3, 1960

Ferried Ontario-Portland following freighter conversion - August 16, 1960

Departed Portland on ferry flight to Australia - August 19, 1960

Arrived Sydney at conclusion of ferry flight - August 21, 1960

Operated first freighter revenue service Sydney-London via Kangaroo Route - September 13, 1960

Withdrawn from service and stored at Sydney - June 1961

Re-entered service to ferry replacement engine Sydney-Hong Kong - August 26, 1961

Withdrawn from use and used as a static classroom at Sydney Airport with engines removed - 1962

Operated its last Qantas revenue service Sydney-San Francisco - March 24, 1963

Route: Sydney-Christchurch-Nadi-Honolulu-San Francisco

Ferried San Francisco-Burbank for sale to Boeing - March 25, 1963

Entered onto U.S. Aircraft Register as N9715C - March 27, 1963

Cancelled from Australian Aircraft Register - March 27, 1963

Aircraft had flown 18,104 hours 35 minutes

Reregistered as N93164 - July 31, 1964

Registered to California Airmotive Corporation

Sold to West Coast Airmotive Corporation - August 5, 1964

Observed at Lima, Peru on lease to Galaxy Trading Corportation - April 1966

Reregistered as N4192A - September 7, 1966

Registered to California Airmotive Corporation

Sold to Lee J. Matherne - February 27, 1968

Flown to Lisbon, Portugal with bogus registration ZP-TBV - March 17, 1968

Painted with bogus 'Transcontinental Airlines SA' titles and Panamanian flag with intention

of securing work on the Biafran Airlift

Observed stored at Miami, Florida with Transcontinental titles but no registration - June 13, 1968

Reregistered as N442LM - August 23, 1968

Leased to Bolivian AirwaysTABSA - 1969

Sold to Lance W. Dreyer - December 15, 1969

Reregistered as N11SR - September 24, 1970

Transferred to Transnational Cargo Inc (Dreyer company) - October 15, 1970

Transferred to Unum Inc (Dreyer company) - July 30, 1971

Aircraft stored at Port of Spain, Trinidad - 1971 to 1973

Sold to Transglobal Leasing Inc - October 26, 1973

Ferried Port of Spain-Fort Lauderdale - 1973

Sold to PM Leasing Inc (Capt Duncan Baker) - October 11, 1974

Operated freight charter flight from Miami to South America

Operations transferred from Miami to London - 1975

Ferried Fort Lauderdale-Brussels - March 14 - 15, 1975

Ferried Brussels-Jersey - March 16, 1975

Leased to Lanzair (Channel Islands) - March 28, 1975

Arrived Athens on three engines with load of tobacco destined for Sudan - April 1975

Aircraft ferried Athens-Nimes, France for engine change, leaving cargo at Athens

Arrived Athens to collect off-loaded cargo of tobacco - June 18, 1975

Greek Authorities deemed tobacco had been imported illegally and it was confiscated

Aircraft returned empty to Nimes, France

Lanzair became embroiled in legal dispute following its departure from Shannon - July 4, 1975

Cargo consisted of a load of calves destined for Venice

Airport Authorities tried to block aircraft's departure due to incorrect documentation of flight

Paperwork was subsequently proved to be in order but local media had a field-day over incident

Wing tip tanks from ex Qantas 1049 VH-EAP acquired from California Airmotive - September 1975

Two new engines and wing-tip tanks fitted by Shannon Repair Services - October 1975

Aircraft diverted to Casablanca with failed engine on flight to Nigeria - November 1975

Temporarily abandoned at Casablanca pending resolution of diplomatic problems and engine rectification

following its unannounced arrival which were finally resolved - March 1976

Departed Jersey for Athens to commence contract to transport prefabricated fibreglass buildings

to Kuwait and Damascus twice a month - June 8, 1976

Departed Athens with cargo of pre-fabricated fibreglass buildings - June 18, 1976

During take-off nosewheel tyres broke up and precautionary landing made at Kuwait in sandstorm

Due to alleged irregularities associated with flight a heavy fine was imposed on Lanzair

As a result the aircraft was abandoned at Kuwait City Airport

Aircraft was considered for reclaiming with a view to preserving it in Australia as being the last

remaing Qantas Super Constellation - July 1981

Inspected by a licenced Kuwait Airways engineer it was deemed to be beyond restoration to flying

condition and that it would require surface transportaion if movement was to occur

Cancelled from the U.S. Aircraft Register - April 1982

Inspected by Stephen Piercey at Kuwait City - May 2, 1982

Aircraft whilst complete it had suffered some external damage and interior was covered in sand

Aircraft was to be auctioned on this date with intent to use it as a restaurant

Reported that aircraft had been purchased by Ministry of Defence for training purposes - June 1983

Reported in 1991 that aircraft had remained intact and had been used for fire-fighting drills

until the airport was bombed during the 1991 Gulf War

Current status - ?


VH-EAB. Qantas - view of the rear cabin, circa 1955.

VH-EAB. Qantas - the Olympic Flame being handed to the captain at Athens Airport, November 3, 1956.

VH-EAB. Qantas - in the full livery at Sydney Airport, circa 1957.

VH-EAB. Qantas - in the full livery at Sydney Airport, circa 1957.

VH-EAB. Qantas - the inaugural Brisbane-London service at Brisbane Airport, April 3, 1958.

VH-EAB. Qantas - the inaugural Super Connie service via Kuala Lumpur Airport, June 1958.

VH-EAB. Qantas - in the full livery with BOAC titles at Sydney Airport, date unknown.

VH-EAB. Qantas-TEAL - inaugural Auckland-Nadi service at Melbourne Airport, December 1958.

VH-EAB. Qantas-TEAL - inaugural Auckland-Nadi service at Melbourne Airport, December 1958.

VH-EAB. Qantas-TEAL - inaugural Auckland-Nadi service at Melbourne Airport, December 1958.

VH-EAB. Qantas - undergoing conversion to freighter at Ontario, June 1960.

VH-EAB. Qantas - undergoing conversion to freighter at Ontario, June 1960.

VH-EAB. Qantas - undergoing conversion to freighter at Ontario, June 1960.

N11SR. Lanzair - in the full livery at Jersey Airport, April 1975.