Post by aerofoto - HJG Admin on Apr 2, 2020 5:22:28 GMT
If I had to describe this particular subject using the minimum number of words then I'd have to label it .... "the hybrid of Australasian hybrids" .... for historical reasons explained further below ....
ANSETT AIRLINES OF AUSTRALIA DC-9-31 VH-CZA "Farewell Australia" (1982)
1982 was a significant year on the Australian Calendar. During September and October of that year "the great southern continent" (the west island to NZ'rs ) hosted the XVII British Commonwealth Games .... at Brisbane .... and for which QANTAS AIRWAYS became the "official carrier" in respect of international services from overseas ports to Australia .... and for which ANSETT AIRLINES OF AUSTRALIA became the "official carrier" in respect of domestic air services within Australia. TAA was later awarded "official carrier" status in regard to the countries domestic air services for the Australian hosted defense of the Aemrica's Cup of 1987
During this period QANTAS, being Australia's international carrier, was excluded from being able to operate domestic services within the country .... and which were the realm of both ANSETT and TRANS AUSTRALIA AIRLINES. Australia was, at this time, still pursuing its 2 domestic airline policy (formulated during the late 1940's/early 1950's) .... and which became an effective legal barrier to new entrants into Australian civil aviation by restricting inter-capital services to just these 2 national airlines .... as well as ensuring neither these carriers had what could be perceived as an unfair monopoly in regard to Australian domestic air services. This same policy also saw both ANSETT and TAA operating almost the very same aircraft types, fleet sizes and staffing, as well as service schedules too .... and which often saw both airlines flying the same routes, with the same aircraft, and roughly in accordance with the same daily schedules also. This policy did not begin to be relaxed until the mid 1980's when ANSETT ordered B767-200ER's and TAA ordered A300B-4's .... both for their domestic services. TAA then became AUSTRALIAN AIRLINES during 1986 .... and was eventually merged into QANTAS during 1992 .... whilst ANSETT struggled on through the 1990's and into this new millennium until it collapsed during early 1992 .... almost at the expense of its parent company and STAR ALLIANCE member partner AIR NEW ZEALAND in the process.
1982 was also a significant year for ANSETT .... in particular .... as it retired it's last DC-9-30 (VH-CZA) on June 17th 1982. This particular aircraft operated its last ANSETT service between Launceston and Melbourne, as AN 56, and under the command of captain N DAY.
VH-CZA was ANSETT's first DC-9-30 .... acquired by the airline during 1967. For it's very last ANSETT service the entire port side forward (boarding side) section of this aircraft supported an extensive branding in the form of farewell tributes in acknowledgement of its 15 years of service to the airline .... whilst it also supporting branding relating to the airlines 1982 Commonwealth Games "Official Carrier" status on its starboard lower fuselage section.
The farewell tributes on the lower fuselage/nose section of this aircraft read as follows ....
"THIS DC-9 CARRIES THE BEST WISHES FROM CITIZENS OF SOME OF THE AUSTRALIAN CITIES SHE SERVED FOR A JOB WELL DONE
MELBOURNE SYDNEY BRISBANE ROCKHAMPTON MACKAY TOWNSVILLE CAIRNS CANBERRA LAUNCESTON HOBART"
.... with the farewell tributes on the lower forward fuselage section of this aircraft reading as follows ....
"FAREWELL AUSTRALIA !
ANSETT's LAST DC-9 TO BE RETIRED
SINCE 1967 SHE HAS LOGGED
HOURS 39,140 LANDINGS 42,731 KMS 26,382,338 FUEL USED 134 MILLION LITRES MAINTENANCE MAN HOURS 744,610 PASSENGERS 2,795,804 MEALS 384,579 TEA - COFFEE 3,247,556 REFRESHMENTS 2,862,877 DRINKS 598,284"
.... whilst branding on the lower starboard fuselage section of this aircraft featured the XII British Commonwealth Games logo with "Official Carrier Of The XII Commonwealth Games Brisbane 1982" legend.
By comparison TAA didn't retire it's last DC-9-30 (VH-TJU) until November 17th 1989 and which represented the end of passenger operations by these aircraft in Australia .... although 2 DC-9-30F aircraft were later acquired by IPEC AIR FREIGHT and operated between 1982 and 1993.
A very nice piece of Australian aviation history Erik .... a and a real credit to you also
Post by Erik Ingram - HJG on Apr 3, 2020 19:19:29 GMT
Here's another DC-9 from south of the border, representing XA-AGS of Aero California circa 1989. In a previous life, it was actually N968E with Continental (as previously shown here), and after being stored in 2006, miraculously survived for another 12 years before being scrapped in 2018.
Post by Klaus Hullermann on Apr 4, 2020 8:38:46 GMT
It would take me several hours to travel to Berlin, but a HJG-"Bier Party" would be a nice idea.
A real shame that Air Berlin is gone, but now with THE virus active around the globe, there will be several airlines who won't survive the loss of passengers. But also other companies (small restaurants, etc.) won't make it if the virus keeps on.
Ok..this is weird..Erik, in all your sideshots/screenshots f the DC-9s I am seeing what looks like the retracted main gear tires showing up! Anyone else seeing that? like the fuselage is transparent.....STRANGE!!!
Post by aerofoto - HJG Admin on Apr 10, 2020 5:11:26 GMT
Just for everyone's (including Erik's) comfort ....
Believe you'll find images presented by Erik usually feature subjects in their "progressive" (for want of an expression) state rather than the completed/definitive form .... whereas what I present for for him "is" indeed the "finished/definitive" item .... as each will be seen in FS.
Pleased to advise all's well with hese .... as may be evidenced per the following 2 images of both the 1965 and 1967 TWA DC-9's ....
.... if I'm interpreting Jim's observations correctly
Failing this possible explanation there "was" a very minor texture BMP issue with 2X BMP's which Erik and I resolved together earlier today .... and which might explain the apparent differences between what's evident in Erik's original images and Jim's observations and my own images .... my own images (to simply check both textures .... these are not the official portraits) having been made "after" the texture BMP solution was applied.
I'll be presenting "official portraits" of both of these, and the UTAIR B734 too, tomorrow .... hopefully
Yes! They display "in sim" just fine. Always have, just thought it was "interesting that you could see the tires in Eriks side views I have duplicated his sideview shots technique by reducing the visibility to one mile in the sim and just lining up a screenshot while in slew mode. I lke the way erik does that, very good showcase of just the livery/subject.
Post by Erik Ingram - HJG on Apr 10, 2020 15:04:43 GMT
Yeah, that's just a product of the way ModelConverterX handles certain animations on different models (the program I use since the computer I paint on doesn't have FSX installed). Some look normal, some have minor oddities like that, and some are virtually unrecognizable!