VH-BRF. Short S-25 Sunderland Mk V. c/n SH.113.


 

Built by Short Bros and Harland at Belfast, Northern Ireland as a Sunderland Mk III - 1944

Built to U. K. Ministry of Transport Contract No. 2227 for 25 Sunderland Mk III aircraft

Allocated the Royal Air Force serial ML814

Received by No. 57 Maintenance Unit, Wig Bay, Stranraer, Scotland - March 25, 1944

Issued to No 201 Squadron R. A. F. at Castle Archdale, Lough Erne, Co Fermanagh, Ireland - April 24, 1944

Ran aground whilst under tow at Pembroke Dock, Pembrokeshire, South Wales - October 11, 1944

Repaired on site and returned to service

Issued to No 422 Squadron R. C. A. F. at Pembroke Dock - December 01, 1944

Flown to Belfast for conversion to a Sunderland Mk V - February 20, 1945

Issued to No 330 Squadron Norwegian Air Force at Sullom Voe, Scotland - April 18, 1945

Withdrawn from use and stored at Wig Bay, Scotland - November 21, 1945

Transferred to No. 272 Maintenance Unit, St Angelo, Lough Erne, Ireland - February 06, 1946

Delivered to No. 57 Maintenance Unit, Wig Bay, Stranaer, Scotland - November 08, 1946

Transferred to the Flying Boat Storage Unit - April 15, 1952

Transferred to Short Bros & Harland, Belfast for refurbishment - May 16, 1952

Following refurbishment was test flown at Belfast - May 01 and 04, 1953

Allocated the Royal New Zealand Air Force serial number NZ4108

Ferried Belfast - Wig Bay as R. N. Z. A. F. NZ4108 - May 21, 1953

Sold to the R. N. Z. A. F. and ferried to Calshot - May 26, 1953

Departed Calshot on delivery flight to New Zealand with Sunderland NZ4105 - May 28, 1953

On arrived at Laucala Bay, Suva, Fiji it was taken on-charge by the R. N. Z. A. F.

Arrived Mechanics Bay, Auckland at conclusion of delivery flight - June 13, 1953

Test flown at Mechanics Bay prior to being issued to No. 5 Squadron - August 10, 1953

Operated by No. 5 Squadron until at lease late 1955

Transferred to No. 6 Squadron - January 05, 1956

Shared between No. 6 Squadron and the Maritime Operational Conversion Unit - January 05 - August 20, 1956

Withdrawn from use and placed in long term storage at Hobsonville, Auckland - August 20, 1956

Struck-off-charge having flown 1,076 hours - December 12, 1963

Withdrawn from storage and prepared for sale to Ansett Flying Boat Services

Sold to Ansett Flying Boat Services Pty Ltd to replace Sandringham VH-BRE - December 12, 1963

Aircraft was overhauled and stripped to bare metal at the TEAL base, Mechanics Bay, Auckland

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-BRF - December 13, 1963

Arrived Rose Bay, Sydney on delivery flight - (Captains S. Middlemiss, L. Maundrell) - December 18, 1963

The original No. 6 Squadron code outlines were still discernable on the fuselage

Converted to near Sandringham standard by Ansett at Rose Bay, Sydney - seating 42 passengers

The aircraft officially remained a Sunderland Mk V

Conversion complete and rolled out of hangar - September 26, 1964

Aircraft was named 'Islander' by Mr C. A. Kelly - September 27, 1964

Flew first test flight - September 28, 1964

Operated first Ansett Flying Boat Services revenue service Sydney - Lord Howe Island - Sydney - October 09, 1964

Damaged whilst at Lord Howe Island after breaking mooring and being blown ashore - May 31, 1965

Temporaryy repairs made at Lord Howe before aircraft was ferried to Sydney for permanent repairs

Returned to service - June 11, 1965

Chartered to Queensland Airlines Pty Ltd - September 12 to October 08, 1965

Used on the Brisbane (Redland Bay) - Gladstone service whilst Gladstone Airport runway was upgraded

This service was operated daily expect Sunday

Suffered inflight wing damage when stringers broke in the starboard wing - January 21, 1966

Escorted to Sydney by Ansett-ANA Electra undertaking pilot training

Encountered C.A.T. whilst on flight Sydney - Lord Howe Island injuring 2 crew - October 07, 1968

Registered to Ansett Transport Industries (Operations) Pty Ltd - February 24, 1970

Registered to Ansett Flying Boat Services - July 30, 1973

Operated its intended final revenue service to Lord Howe Island - May 1974

Entered hangar at Rose Bay for refurbishment and painting in Antilles Air Boats livery ready for sale

Returned to Ansett service following the grounding of VH-BRC on Lord Howe - June 13, 1974

Aircraft was operated in a basic white livery devoid of all titles

Operated final Ansett revenue service Sydney - Lord-Howe Island - Sydney - August 15, 1974

Beached at Rose Bay for final time to complete pre-delivery preparations - August 21, 1974

Had flown 6,142 hours - including 750 trips to Lord Howe Island

Sold to Antilles Air Boats, Virgin Islands - September 10, 1974

Aircraft was named 'Excalibur VIII'

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - September 24, 1974

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N158J - September 24, 1974

Departed Sydney at 17:15 on ferry flight to St Croix (Captains L. Maundrell, C. Blair) - September 25, 1974

Cabin service was provided by Captain Blair's wife, actress Maureen O'Hara

Due to U. S. certification problems this aircraft only operated 1 service with Antilles - January 15, 1975

The British Virgin Islands registration 'VP-LVF' reserved but not taken up - 1978

Placed in storage at Isla Grande, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Sold to Edward J. Hulton (Juliet Flying Boats Inc) - May 1979

Departed Isla Grande on delivery flight to Calshot, England (Captain R. Gillies) - May 17, 1979

Aircraft was renamed 'Juliet' - November 12, 1980

Cancelled from the United States Aircraft Register - ?

Entered onto the British Aircraft Register (CofR G-BJHS/1) as G-BJHS - September 11, 1981

Registered to Sunderland Limited, Guernsey, Channel Islands

Aircraft was named 'Sir Arthur Gouge'

Ferried to Marseilles for conversion work and storage

Landed on the River Thames, London and moored near Tower Bridge - August 06, 1982

Flown to Calshot to Chatham for storage - October 1982

Flown Calshot - Rochester - Chatham Historic Dockyard - November 20, 1984

Painted to resemble Pan American Clipper 'NC16806' for the film 'Mr & Mrs Edgehill' - August 1985

Launched and towed to nearby pier for filming of 'Tenko Reunion' - September 27, 1985

For this movie the aircraft was painted to simulate a BOAC Sunderland

An extended overhaul was undertaken but aircraft sustained damage during wind storm - October 16, 1987

A replacement wing was obtain from the Imperial War Museum aircraft ML796

Test flown - July 06, 1989

British Certificate of Airworthiness issued - August 02, 1989

Leased to Ryanair, repainted and renamed 'The Spirit of Foynes' - August 03, 1989

The aircraft was renamed 'Islander'

Visited Windermere - July 15, 1990

Sold to Kermit Weeks of Weeks Air Museum, Miami, Florida - May 05, 1993

Departed Southampton on ferry flight to the United States as 'G-BJHS' - July 20, 1993

Ferry route: Lough Derg - Reykjavik - Goose Bay - Lake Ontario - Oshkosh - Lakes Agnes (Orlando)

Renamed 'Fantasy of Flight' after the theme-park at Polk City, Florida

Cancelled from the British Aircraft Register - August 12, 1993

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N814ML - September 16, 1993

No longer airworthy but on display at Fantasy of Flight Museum, Miami, Florida

 


 

VH-BRF. Ansett Flying Boat Services - arriving at Rose Bay, December 18, 1963.

VH-BRF. Ansett Flying Boat Services - arriving at Rose Bay, December 18, 1963.

VH-BRF. Ansett Flying Boat Services - arriving at Rose Bay, December 18, 1963.

VH-BRF. Ansett Flying Boat Services - arriving at Rose Bay, December 18, 1963.

VH-BRF. Ansett Flying Boat Services - arriving at Rose Bay, December 18, 1963.

VH-BRF. Ansett Flying Boat Services - arriving at Rose Bay, December 18, 1963.

 

VH-BRF. Ansett - Capts S. Middlemiss & L. Maundrell on arrival at Rose Bay, December 18, 1963.

 

VH-BRF. Ansett Flying Boat Services - undergoing conversion to civilian airliner, March 1964.

VH-BRF. Ansett - inside the hull as conversion to a twin-deck airliner commences, January 1964.

VH-BRF. Ansett Flying Boat Services - undergoing conversion to civilian airliner, January 1964.

VH-BRF. Ansett Flying Boat Services - undergoing conversion to civilian airliner, 1964.

VH-BRF. Ansett Flying Boat Services - undergoing conversion to civilian airliner, 1964.

VH-BRF. Ansett Flying Boat Services - undergoing conversion to civilian airliner, 1964.

VH-BRF. Ansett Flying Boat Services - inside the completed tail cone, August 1964.

VH-BRF. Ansett Flying Boat Services - the upstairs bar as fitted for special charter flights, August 1964.

VH-BRF. Ansett Flying Boat Services - new seating in the lower deck, looking forward, August 1964.

VH-BRF. Ansett Flying Boat Services - undertaking its post conversion test flight at Sydney, September 1964.

VH-BRF. Ansett Flying Boat Services - in the dock at Rose Bay Sydney, November 1964.

VH-BRF. Ansett Flying Boat Services - on the beach at Lord Howe Island, May 31, 1965.

VH-BRF. Ansett Flying Boat Services - on the beach at Lord Howe Island, May 31, 1965.

VH-BRF. Ansett Flying Boat Services - on the beach at Lord Howe Island, June 1965.

VH-BRF. Ansett Flying Boat Services - on the beach at Lord Howe Island, June 1965.

VH-BRF. Ansett Flying Boat Services - on the beach at Lord Howe Island, June 1965.

VH-BRF. Ansett Flying Boat Services - on the beach at Lord Howe Island, June 1965.

VH-BRF. Ansett Flying Boat Services - on the beach at Lord Howe Island, June 1965.

VH-BRF. Ansett Flying Boat Services - on the beach at Lord Howe Island, June 1965.

VH-BRF. Ansett Flying Boat Services - on the beach at Lord Howe Island, June 1965.

VH-BRF. Ansett Flying Boat Services - on the beach at Lord Howe Island, June 1965.

VH-BRF. Ansett Flying Boat Services - returning Islander to the water at Lord Howe Island, June 1965.

VH-BRF. Ansett Flying Boat Services - returning Islander to the water at Lord Howe Island, June 1965.

VH-BRF. Ansett Flying Boat Services - on the water at Lord Howe Island, June 1965.

VH-BRF. Ansett Flying Boat Services - arriving at Rose Bay Sydney in the late afternoon, July 1967.

VH-BRF. Ansett Flying Boat Services - being tied up in the dock at Rose Bay Sydney, July 1967.

VH-BRF. Ansett Flying Boat Services - riding the buoy at Rose Bay Sydney, December 1967.

VH-BRF. Ansett Flying Boat Services - moored to the buoy at Rose Bay Sydney, December 1967.

VH-BRF. Ansett Flying Boat Services - moored to the buoy at Rose Bay Sydney, December 1967.

VH-BRF. Ansett Flying Boat Services - in the dock at Rose Bay Sydney, January 1968.

VH-BRF. Ansett Flying Boat Services - in the dock at Rose Bay Sydney, January 1968.

VH-BRF. Ansett Flying Boat Services - in the original livery at Rose Bay Sydney, October 1968.

VH-BRF. Ansett Flying Boat Services - in the original livery at Rose Bay Sydney, January 1969.

VH-BRF. Ansett Flying Boat Services - in the original livery at Rose Bay Sydney, January 1969.

VH-BRF. Ansett Flying Boat Services - Sydney Morning Herald, Thursday February 27, 1969.
VH-BRF. Ansett Flying Boat Services - in the original livery at Rose Bay Sydney, October 1969.
VH-BRF. Ansett Flying Boat Services - in the original livery at Rose Bay Sydney, April 1970.

VH-BRF. Ansett Flying Boat Services - repainted in the new 'delta' livery at Rose Bay Sydney, August 1970.

VH-BRF. Ansett Flying Boat Services - on the water at Rose Bay Sydney, December 1970.

VH-BRF. Ansett Flying Boat Services - on the water at Lake Eucumbene, November 1971.

VH-BRF. Ansett Flying Boat Services - close-up of 'Islander' nose at Rose Bay, November 1971.

VH-BRF. Ansett Flying Boat Services - departing Rose Bay Sydney, December 1971.

Ansett Flying Boat Services - commemorative sticker issued in 1972.

VH-BRF. Ansett Flying Boat Services - on the water at Lake Eucumbene, December 1972.

VH-BRF. Ansett Flying Boat Services - on the water at Lake Eucumbene, December 1972.

VH-BRF. Ansett Flying Boat Services - on the water at Lake Eucumbene, December 1972.

 

VH-BRF. Ansett Flying Boat Services - on the water at Lord Howe Island, June 1973.

VH-BRF. Ansett Flying Boat Services - arriving Sydney from Lord Howe, December 1973.

VH-BRF. Ansett Flying Boat Services - arriving Sydney from Lord Howe, December 1973.
VH-BRF. Ansett Flying Boat Services - arriving Sydney from Lord Howe, December 1973.
VH-BRF. Ansett Flying Boat Services - arriving Sydney from Lord Howe, December 1973.

VH-BRF. Ansett Flying Boat Services - arriving Sydney from Lord Howe, December 1973.

VH-BRF. Ansett Flying Boat Services - arriving Sydney from Lord Howe, December 1973.

VH-BRF. Ansett Flying Boat Services - arriving Sydney from Lord Howe, December 1973.

VH-BRF. Ansett Flying Boat Services - arriving Sydney from Lord Howe, December 1973.

VH-BRF. Ansett Flying Boat Services - arriving Sydney from Lord Howe, December 1973.

VH-BRF. Ansett Flying Boat Services - arriving Sydney from Lord Howe, December 1973.

VH-BRF. Ansett Flying Boat Services - being prepared for sale to Antilles Air Boats, June 1974.

VH-BRF. Ansett Flying Boat Services - being prepared for sale to Antilles Air Boats, June 1974.

VH-BRF. Ansett Flying Boat Services - being prepared for sale to Antilles Air Boats, June 1974.

VH-BRF. Ansett Flying Boat Services - being prepared for sale to Antilles Air Boats, June 1974.

VH-BRF. Ansett Flying Boat Services - being prepared for sale to Antilles Air Boats, June 1974.

VH-BRF. Ansett Flying Boat Services - in the braby dock at Rose Bay, August 10, 1974.

VH-BRF. Ansett Flying Boat Services - arriving at Lord Howe Island, August 1974.
VH-BRF. Ansett Flying Boat Services - being beached for the last time at Rose Bay, August 29, 1974.

VH-BRF. Ansett Flying Boat Services - being beached for the last time at Rose Bay, August 29, 1974.

VH-BRF. Ansett Flying Boat Services - being beached for the last time at Rose Bay, August 29, 1974.
VH-BRF. Ansett Flying Boat Services - being beached for the last time at Rose Bay, August 29, 1974.

VH-BRF. Ansett Flying Boat Services - being beached for the last time at Rose Bay, August 29, 1974.

VH-BRF. Ansett Flying Boats - Harry Woods prepares to wash down the aircraft, August 29, 1974.

VH-BRF. Ansett Flying Boats - Harry Woods washes the aircraft down for the last time, August 29, 1974.

VH-BRF. Ansett Flying Boats - Harry Woods washes the aircraft down for the last time, August 29, 1974.

VH-BRF. Ansett Flying Boats - Harry Woods washes the aircraft down for the last time, August 29, 1974.

VH-BRF. Ansett Flying Boats - being prepared for towing into the hangar for the last time, August 1974.

VH-BRF. Antilles Air Boats - being repainted into the livery of its new owners at Sydney, September 1974.

VH-BRF. Antilles Air Boats - being repainted into the livery of its new owners at Sydney, September 1974.

VH-BRF. Antilles Air Boats - being repainted into the livery of its new owners at Sydney, September 1974.

VH-BRF. Antilles Air Boats - being repainted into the livery of its new owners at Sydney, September 1974.

VH-BRF. Antilles Air Boats - being repainted into the livery of its new owners at Sydney, September 1974.

VH-BRF. Antilles Air Boats - extra fuel tanks were fitted for the ferry flight, September 1974.

VH-BRF. Antilles - preparing the upper deck cabin for installation of the extra fuel tanks, September 1974.

VH-BRF. Antilles Air Boats - close up of the new name at Rose Bay, September 1974.

N158J. Antilles Air Boats - almost ready for rollout and relaunching at Rose Bay, September 1974.
N158J. Antilles Air Boats - in the standard livery at Rose Bay, September 1974.

N158J. Antilles Air Boats - rolled out in the new livery at Rose Bay, September 1974.

N158J. Antilles Air Boats - the relaunching is recorded by Maureen O'Hara.

N158J. Antilles Air Boats - about to the water for the last time at Rose Bay, September 18, 1974.

N158J. Antilles Air Boats - entering the water for the last time at Rose Bay, September 18, 1974.

N158J. Antilles Air Boats - entering the water for the last time at Rose Bay, September 18, 1974.

N158J. Antilles Air Boats - entering the water for the last time at Rose Bay, September 18, 1974.

N158J. Antilles Air Boats - on the water at Rose Bay, September 19, 1974.

VH-BRF. Antilles Air Boats - on the water at Rose Bay ready to depart, September 23, 1974.

VH-BRF. Antilles Air Boats - on the water at Rose Bay ready to depart, September 23, 1974.

N158J. Antilles Air Boats - on the water with N158C at St Coix, Virgin Islands, January 1975.

N158J. Antilles Air Boats - on the water at St Coix, Virgin Islands, January 1975.

N158J. Edward J. Hulton (Juliet Flying Boats Inc) - on the water at Marseilles, France, August 1981.

N158J. Edward J. Hulton (Juliet Flying Boats Inc) - beached at Marseilles, France, August 1981.

G-BJHS. Edward J. Hulton (Juliet Flying Boats Inc) - beached at Marseilles, France, May 1982.
G-BJHS. Edward J. Hulton (Juliet Flying Boats Inc) - on the Thames River, London, August 1982.
G-BJHS. Edward J. Hulton (Juliet Flying Boats Inc) - on the Thames River, London, September 1982.
G-BJHS. Edward J. Hulton (Juliet Flying Boats Inc) - on the Thames River, London, October 1982.

G-BJHS. Edward J. Hulton (Juliet Flying Boats Inc) - stored at Calshot, March 1984.

G-BJHS. Edward J. Hulton (Juliet Flying Boats Inc) - in storage at Marseilles, France, July 1985.

G-BJHS. Edward J. Hulton (Juliet Flying Boats Inc) - in flight over southern France, November 1985.

G-BJHS. Edward J. Hulton (Juliet Flying Boats Inc) - in flight over southern France, November 1985.

G-BJHS. Edward J. Hulton (Juliet Flying Boats Inc) - in flight over southern France, November 1985.
G-BJHS. Ryanair - 'Spirit of Foynes' on the Medway River, Chatham, England, August 1989.
G-BJHS. Ryanair - 'Spirit of Foynes' on the water at Killaloe, August 1989.
G-BJHS. Ryanair - 'Spirit of Foynes' on the water at Killaloe, August 1989.

G-BJHS. Sunderland Limited - without Ryanair titles at West Malling, England, August 1989.

G-BJHS. Sunderland Limited - without Ryanair titles at West Malling, England, August 1989.
G-BJHS. Sunderland Limited - without Ryanair titles at West Malling, England, August 1989.
G-BJHS. Sunderland Limited - without Ryanair titles at West Malling, England, August 1989.
G-BJHS. Sunderland Limited - without Ryanair titles at West Malling, England, August 1989.
G-BJHS. Sunderland Limited - without Ryanair titles at West Malling, England, August 1989.

G-BJHS. Sunderland Limited - without Ryanair titles at West Malling, England, August 1989.

G-BJHS. Sunderland Limited - without Ryanair titles at West Malling, England, August 1989.

G-BJHS. Sunderland Limited - without Ryanair titles at West Malling, England, August 1989.

G-BJHS. Sunderland Limited - without Ryanair titles at West Malling, England, August 1989.

ML814. Fantasy of Flight Museum - on the delivery flight at Lake Agnes, August 1993.

ML814. Fantasy of Flight Museum - in the standard livery at Lake Agnes, May 1995.

ML814. Fantasy of Flight Museum - in the standard livery at Polk City, January 1997.

ML814. Fantasy of Flight Museum - in the standard livery at Polk City, June 2004.

ML814. Fantasy of Flight Museum - at its final resting place at Polk City, June 2004.

ML814. Interior views - the forward mooring compartment, May 2007.

ML814. Interior views - the port side forward cabin, May 2007.

ML814. Interior views - the state-of-the-art port side washroom, Polk City, May 2007.

ML814. Interior views - the state-of-the-art starboard side galley, Polk City, May 2007.

ML814. Interior views - the state-of-the-art starboard side galley, Polk City, May 2007.

ML814. Interior views - the state-of-the-art starboard side galley, Polk City, May 2007.

ML814. Interior views - N. Raith sitting in the starboard side forward cabin, May 2007.

ML814. Interior views - looking forward from the rear of the lower deck cabin, May 2007.

ML814. Interior views - looking to the rear from the front of the lower deck cabin, May 2007.

ML814. Interior views - looking forward from the rear of the upper deck cabin with cocktail bar, May 2007.

 

ML814. Interior views - looking to the rear from the front of the upper deck cabin, May 2007.
 

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