SWEARINGEN SA226-TC METROLINER II VH-BPV
MSN TC-270

 



N5467M
   
OCT78
  Registered to Swearingen as N5467M.
VH-BPV
   
06NOV78
  Registered VH-BPV to Bush Pilots Airways Ltd, Cairns, Queensland.
10NOV78
  Arrived in Cairns on delivery to BPA. Ferry routing was San Francisco - Honolulu - Majuro - Nauru - Cairns. The aircraft was marked "BPA Australia's Northern Airline".
11NOV78
  Ferried from Cairns to Essendon for pre-service checks.
11DEC81
  BPA changed their name to Air Queensland.
08JAN82
  CofR holder changed to Air Queensland Ltd.
JUL84
  Air Queensland withdrew all their Metros as they had been rendered uneconomical by the requirement for a second pilot. Furthermore, a 600 pound take-off weight concession promised by the dealer was never approved by the FAA.
05SEP84
  Struck off register on sale to New Zealand.
ZK-SWC
   
22FEB85
Registered to Air Albatross as ZK-SWC.
14MAR85
The first of four BPA Metros to be sold, VH-BPV/ZK-SWC departed Cairns on delivery to New Zealand. (Source: AA SEP/OCT85)
14MAR85
Noted at Brisbane as ZK-SWC on delivery to Air Albatross.
15MAR85
Departed Brisbane for Norfolk Island and Auckland on delivery to Air Albatross.
27JAN86
Arrived Melbourne from Nelson, NZ and Merimbula as ZK-SWC. Later flown to Wagga Wagga for preparation for entry into service with Kendell Airlines.
17FEB86
Struck off NZ register as exported to Australia.
VH-BIF
   
25FEB86
  Registered VH-BIF to Kendell Airlines (Australia) Pty Ltd. Operated on the Kendell network in Victoria and South Australia.
28JUN93
  Operated its last flight for Kendell (KD236 Melbourne - Albury - Wagga). Subsequently withdrawn from use at Wagga and used for spares.
12OCT93
  Struck off the register as withdrawn from use.
26NOV93
  Moved by road from Wagga to Airworld at Wangaratta, Vic.
06MAR03
  Sold to Queensland Air Museum, Caloundra.
29APR03
  Arrived at QAM, Caloundra on two trucks.
VH-BPV
   
OCT05
  Repainted in Bush Pilots Airways colours as VH-BPV.
SEP19
  Repainted in Bush Pilots Airways colours as VH-BPV.

 

Compiled by Ron Cuskelly

 

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ISSUE
DATE
REMARKS
9
10APR20
Added an image of the aircraft at Essendon in March 1979 thanks to Phil Vabre of the CAHS.
8
04OCT19
Added a recent image thanks to Angelo Calleja.
7
05NOV18
Added departure from Cairns on 14MAR85 on delivery to NZ.
6
14AUG17
Added an image of the aircraft taken soon after delivery to BPA. Thanks to Nick Sayer.
5
05FEB11
Added an image of the aircraft on display at Airworld Wangaratta thanks to Fred Niven.
4
11SEP10
Added an image of the aircraft in Air Albatross livery as ZK-SWC thanks to Peter Lewis.
3
17OCT05
Aircraft repainted in BPA colours as VH-BPV. Photo added thanks to Nick Sayer.
2
08JUN03
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