Fokker F.27 Friendship
flown as PH-FII
on December 10, 1965, VH-FNL was handed over to Ansett-ANA a week later.
It went into service with the airline on 4 January, 1966 but soon after
was leased to Ansett subsidiary
MMA for a five months.
Later in the year it went to another Ansett subsidiary, Queensland Air
and on December 4 operated its
final service before the airline was absorbed into Ansett-ANA.
David Carter’s 1968 photograph
shows it at Mascot in the livery it had worn since delivery in 1965.
Ansett-ANA became Ansett Airlines
of Australia in November 1968 and in due course -FNL was
repainted in its delta
livery. In January 1977 the Fokker was sold to Air Niugini as
remained with that airline
until February 1982 when it was sold to Rio-Sul of Brazil as
On 6 August , 1984, during a check flight, the crew attempted a
flapless landing at Rio de Janeiro’s
Santos Dumont airport and
skidded off the end of the runway into Guanabara Bay. The former –FNL
was written off and scrapped.