VH-ABC. Short S-23C Empire Flying Boat. c/n S.849.
Was the twenty-eighth Empire boat to be completed and flown by Short Bros at Rochester, Kent
Order placed by Imperial Airways, London - September 2, 1935
Completed as a S-23 Empire Class boat having 920 h.p. Bristol Pegasus Xc engines
The standard fuel capacity was 650 gallons
It had an all-up weight of 40,500 lbs (18,380 kg) which was later increased to 53,000 lbs (24,200 kg)
The cruising speed was 164 m.p.h. with a standard range of 760 miles / 1,245 km
Entered onto the British Aircraft Register as G-AEUG (CofR 7681) - March 1, 1937
First flown as G-AEUG - January 1, 1938
Certificate of Airworthiness (CofA) Issued - January 8, 1938
Delivered to Imperial Airways, London - January 8, 1938
Aircraft named 'Coogee' (mist rising from the heart of the water)
Aircraft was earmarked for delivery to Qantas from outset but retained by Imperial to cover its Empire boat losses
Operated by Imperial Airways until delivered to Qantas Empire Airways - September 1938
Entered onto Australian Aircraft Register as VH-ABC (CofR 716) - September 26, 1938
Registered to Qantas Empire Airways Ltd, Brisbane
Due to the war emergency it was commandeered by the Royal Australian Air Force - June 8, 1940
Impressed by the R.A.A.F. as A18-12 - June 29, 1940
Assisted with the evacuation of Rabaul - January 1942
Aircraft was destroyed in a landing accident at Townsville during a test flight - February 27, 1942
The entire crew were killed
VH-ABC. Qantas Empire Airways - in the original livery at Southampton, July 1939.
VH-ABC. Qantas Empire Airways - in the original livery, location & date unknown.