Antonov An-12 Cockpit Door

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This door was donated to QAM by Pacific Air Express who operated a number of leased Antonov An-12 freighters out of Brisbane from 1999 to 2005. The aircraft were used mainly to carry tuna from South Pacific nations to Brisbane for transhipment to Japan. The door and two An-12 wheels are the only tangible reminders of this fascinating period in Queensland aviation history which saw as many as seven of these "aerial tramp steamers" leaving their characteristic exhaust trails in the skies of south-east Queensland at various times.

Unfortunately, it is not known which particular aeroplane the door came from so if any reader recognises the colours and can match them with a registration we will be pleased to hear from you.
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An-12BP ER-ADT of the Air Bridge Group of Moldova.
Photo: Tim Dwyer
 
An-12TB ER-AXA of the Air Bridge Group of Moldova.
Photo: Peter Gates
 
An-12BP UR-LTG of Volare Airlines, Ukraine.
Photo: Peter Gates


Antonov An-12 Based in Brisbane (aka Sharjah South!)

Registration Arrived Departed
LZ-SFL 31OCT99 XXFEB01?
ER-ADT 06FEB01 16OCT01 (W/O)
LZ-SFA 21OCT01 21MAY02
ER-AXA 02APR02 08MAY03
ER-AXE 01MAY03 XXJUL04?
ER-AXA 30JUN04 28NOV04 (WFS)
?
28NOV04 20FEB05
UR-LTG 20FEB05 16DEC05

Regn. C/N Type
Remarks
LZ-SFL 4342101 An-12BP
31OCT99
Arrived Brisbane on lease to PAE from Air Sofia of Bulgaria while B727 H4-PAE was in the USA for hushkit mods.
(Note: 2)
FEB01
Approx date of return to Air Sofia.
ER-ADT 2340605 An-12BP
06FEB01
Arrived Brisbane on lease to PAE from Air Bridge Group (Aerocom) of Moldova.
16OCT01
Written off in a landing accident at Honiara, Solomon Islands and subsequently broken up.
LZ-SFA 2348007 An-12BP
21OCT01
Arrived Brisbane on lease to PAE from Air Sofia as a temporary replacement for ER-ADT.
21MAY02
Departed Brisbane at end of PAE lease.
LZ-SFS 5344308 An-12BP
04NOV01
Air Sofia arrived Brisbane.
?
Departed Brisbane. Did this aircraft enter service with PAE? It has been speculated that LZ-SFS may have been used to recover parts salvaged from ER-ADT. For this reason it is not shown in the above table as PAE flights were otherwise covered. By MAR02 the aircraft was operating charters for the ADF.
ER-AXA 1347907 An-12TB
02APR02
Arrived Brisbane on lease to PAE from Air Bridge Group (Aerocom) of Moldova.
04APR02
Entered service with PAE Brisbane-Honiara.
08MAY03
Departed Brisbane on return to Moldova.
30JUN04
Returned to Brisbane.
28NOV04
Lease to PAE ended but the aircraft was stored in the open at Brisbane. During this period, ownership passed to Aeromost of Kharkiv, Ukraine but the aircraft remained in storage at Brisbane.
09JUN07
Departed Brisbane for Laos as RDPL-34153.
ER-AXE 7345201 An-12BK
01MAY03
Arrived Brisbane on lease to PAE from Air Bridge Group (Aerocom) of Moldova.
07MAY03
Entered service with PAE Brisbane-Honiara.
JUL04?
Departed Brisbane. By 04MAR05 the aircraft was noted at Sharjah, UAE in UN markings.
UR-LTG 347201 An-12BP
20FEB05
Noted at Brisbane on lease to PAE from Volare Airlines of the Ukraine. Did it arrive earlier to cover the withdrawal of ER-AXA?
16DEC05
Departed Brisbane on return to Volare.

 

Notes

1
This table lists An-12s which are known to have been based in Brisbane. It does include itinerant aircraft.
2
LZ-SFL was an occasional visitor to Brisbane during 1997 when it was leased to Cargo Air NZ for trans-Tasman horse charters. It is believed that LZ-SFL was delivered to Cargo Air in Hamilton, NZ on 09JUL97. The aircraft departed Hamilton on 05DEC97 for Brisbane and presumably subsequent return to its owner. Boeing 727-281F H4-PAE returned to Brisbane as N214F on 22AUG00 but never returned to service with Pacific Air Express. The aircraft was ferried to Melbourne on 23DEC00 for Air Cargo Australia.

 

Compiled by Ron Cuskelly

 

 

Issue
Date
Remarks
4
05APR09
Added an image of ER-ADT thanks to Tim Dwyer.
3
02APR09
Major revision of the table of aircraft.
2
29MAR09
Added sightings of LZ-SFA and LZ-SFS.
1
19MAR09
Original issue.