Aircraft Photo of VH-EES | Fairchild SA-227AC Metro III | Pel-Air Express |
Registration / Serial:VH-EES
Aircraft Original Type:Swearingen SA-26 Merlin
Aircraft Generic Type:Fairchild SA-227 Merlin IV/Metro/Expediter (C-26)
Aircraft Version:Fairchild SA-227AC Metro III
Operator / Titles:Pel-Air Express
C/n (msn):AC-614
City / Airport:Melbourne - TullamarineMap
Region / Country:Victoria, Australia
Airport Codes:ICAO: YMML   IATA: MEL   Local: YMML   Other: -
Photo Date:25 July 2008
Photo by:Phil VabreContact
Photo ID: 40581
Photographer's Remark

This 1985 Metro has an interesting history. It was originally N614AV with Air Virginia, which became Nashville Eagle. It then went to Flagship Airlines, then Wings West. In 1987 it was being operated for American Eagle. At some stage it was reacquired by the manufacturer and converted to the prototype Fairchild Multi Mission Surveillance Aircraft, carrying a phased-array radar in a long pod under the fuselage. Returned to standard configuration and exported to Australia, becoming VH-SSZ on 29 September 1994. It's been VH-EES since Jul 2001.

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