riosul
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Ex-VARIG L-188s

Sat Aug 19, 2000 5:20 pm

I heard that a L-188 Electra, formerly owned by VARIG, was converted to an air-tanker and is currently fighting forest fires in western Canada. Does any one out there know what happened to VARIG's other L-188s after they were retired from service? Are there any good sources of information on the history of VARIG's L-188s, online or otherwise?

Thanks,

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TP343
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RE: Ex-VARIG L-188s

Sun Aug 20, 2000 10:07 pm

Hello!

Here it goes a complete list of the destiny of the 14 Electras VARIG was operating by the time they were retired from its fleet:

Registre (the Brazilian one): PP-VJL
Series number: s/n 1024
Last Commercial service: 30th December 1991, São Paulo/Congonhas (CGH) - Rio de Janeiro/Santos Dumont (SDU).
Sold to Blue Airlines, from Zaire, as 9Q-CDK "Lodja Putu";

PP-VJM, s/n 1025, 29th December 1991 SDU-CGH, in exposition at Museu Aerospacial da FAB ("Musal"), in Rio de Janeiro;

PP-VJN, s/n 1037, 5th January 1992 CGH-SDU, sold to Blue Airlines as 9Q-CDI "Dominique Misenga";

PP-VJO, s/n 1041, 1st January 1992 CGH-SDU, sold to FilAir, also from Zaire, as 9Q-CXU;

PP-VJU, s/n 1119, 23rd December 1991 SDU-CGH, sold to Blue Airlines as 9Q-CDG "Chicapa Wa Masamba";

PP-VJV, s/n 1126, 28th November 1991 SDU-CGH, sold to New ACS from Tanzania as 9Q-CRS and later as 5H-ARM;

PP-VJW, s/n 1124, 29th December 1991 SDU-CGH, sold to InterLink Congo as HR-AMM;

PP-VLA, s/n 1139, 17th November 1991 SDU-CGH, sold to FilAir as 9Q-CGD;

PP-VLB, s/n 1137, 9th December 1991 CGH-SDU, sold to FilAir as 9Q-CUU;

PP-VLC, s/n 1093, 28th December 1991 SDU-CGH, sold to Blue Airlines as 9Q-CDL "Jean Mungala";

PP-VLX, s/n 1063, 5th January 1992 SDU-CGH, sold to Air Spray Ltd. from Canada as C-FQYB. This is the firefighter you refer;

PP-VLY, s/n 1073, 7th December 1991 SDU-CGH, sold to New ACS from Zaire as 9Q-CRM;

PP-VNJ, s/n 1050, 5th January 1992 SDU-CGH, sold to InterLink Congo as HR-AML;

PP-VNK, s/n 1040, 24th September 1991 SDU-CGH, sold to FilAir as 9Q-CDU.

Of those 14 ships, as of January 1999, 4 of them had crashed/had been put out of service in order to provide parts to others:

9Q-CCV (ex-PP-VJV) crashed in Kinshasa, Zaire, while owned by Trans Services AirLift in 21st January 1994;

9Q-CGD (ex-PP-VLA), FilAir, crashed in Angola in July 1994;

9Q-CDG (ex-PP-VJU), Blue Airlines, crashed in Kinshasa in 13th March 1995;

9Q-CDL (ex-PP-VLC), Blue Airlines, put out of service in order to be canibalized in 1995.

Also, there were reports about the abandon of several others ex-VARIG Electras in Africa, due to several factors, but mainly because the airlines stopped operations and no buyers were found for the aircraft.

RioSul asked:
"Are there any good sources of information on the history of VARIG's L-188s, online or otherwise?"

I suggest to magazine I used as source for answering this topic:

In Flap Internacional (a Brazilian aviation magazine) no. 316 from January 1999 there is an extense article (18 full pages) titled "Electras in Brazil", and it's very good: excelents pictures and a very complete database...

I hope this could help!

Regards,


TP343, São Paulo, Brazil.
 
riosul
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RE: Ex-VARIG L-188s

Mon Aug 21, 2000 7:53 pm

So, this is the old girl!


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cylw
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RE: Ex-VARIG L-188s

Mon Aug 21, 2000 11:54 pm

I saw that very plane in Penticton (YYF) Canada about 1 month ago. It and 2 other water bombers were on continuous firefighting flights down to a fire just on the other side of the Canada/US border. Nice planes, looks like they take very good care of them. Kinda loud, but I wasn't complaining  

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