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  L-10A Electra Constructors Number 1107 Registration VH-UZO
Ansett Airways

Aircraft History
Built by Lockheed at Burbank. Constructors Number 1107. On July 2, 1937 issued export certificate of airworthiness E-1957. Completed July 4, 1937 as L-10B with Wright Whirlwind engines. Purchased by Ansett Airways Ltd. Disassembled and loaded as deck cargo aboard SS Mirrabooka at San Franciso shipped across the Pacific to Australia.

On August 13, 1937 registered with Ansett Airways Ltd and reassembled. On August 16, 1937 took off from Essendon Airfield on at test flight. On Agusut 26, 1937 registered in Australia as VH-UZO and the same day flown by kheed test pilot, Moyle Stephens who instructed Ansett pilots including R. M. Ansett.


On May 27, 2019 arrived at Amberley Aviation Heritage Centre. The arrival of this aircraft was publicly announced on their Facebook page on June 13, 2019.

The Lockheed File - VH-UZO Ansertes
Facebook - RAAF Base Amberley Aviation Heritage Centre June 13, 2019

"Our newest aircraft display, Lockheed Electra, VH-UZO ' ANSERTES' was never used by the RAAF however she has a very interesting history including being leased to the USAAF for about 3 years during WW2. From information on the ADASTRON web site ' ANSERTES' had been built in the Lockheed, Burbank factory. She arrived in Australia in 1937 as deck cargo on SS Mirrabooka for use by ANSETT. She had quite a startling mechanical history with many ' forced landings' due to things such as oil pressure problems, faulty propellers etc. On one occasion, at Townsville, the aircraft struck a refuelling vehicle. Over the years, she had quite a few changes of ownership and registration. She was also flown during the making of a documentary about Australian businessman and inventor Sidney Cotton. Prior to the start of WW2, Sidney made a number of flights across Germany, often with German officials in the aircraft with him. Unknown to the Germans, Sidney was getting aerial photographs of German military installations, dockyard facilities etc."

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Last Updated
November 9, 2019


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