Donnerstag, 13. November 2008

Varig Electra PP-VLA

Rio de Janeiro-Santo Dumont, May 1989 (Propfreak Collection)

Delivered to Northwest in 1961 as N135US who used her until sold to Varig in 1970. Registered as PP-VLA she served mainly on the "Ponte Aérea" between Sao Paulo Congonhas and Rio de Janeiro-Santos Dumont. The published timetable listed about 70 round-trip flights between
the hours of 6 a.m. and 11 p.m., an average frequency of one flight every 15 minutes, operated by Varig, VASP and Cruzeiro.
PP-VLA flew for Varig till January 1992 when she was parked at Porto Alegre. In 1993 a buyer was found when she was sold to Filair (Congo Zaire) operating her as 9Q-CVK. In December the Lockheed was registered as 9Q-CGD and transfered to Trans Service Airlift. In July 1994 she had an accident somewhere in Angola which ended her flying career.