The serial on this aircraft was not the one it had in USAAF service. Now on display at the USAF Museum in Ohio with its correct serial (44-70534) and Air Transport Command Alaska red and silver markings.
VH-KVY was damaged at Harden, New South Wales, on August 24, 1985, when it came down short of the runway after its left engine failed on approach. Its right engine had already failed in cruise. Fuel mismanagement was blamed.
This Jetstar was owned by Smith International when photographed. It flew for many businesses over the years, including Lithuanian Airlines (LY-AMB) only to end it's days impounded in Venezuala for drug running (XR-KFR).
Starting out as a 1953 440 for United Airlines, this Convair was with Lake Central Airlines when it was converted to a 580 in December 1966. Merged with Allegheny Airlines in 1968, it was withdrawn and stored at Marana, AZ in the mid 70s until sold to Great Lakes in August 1976. Renamed Air Ontario in 1981, the Convair left Canada in 1988. Written off during a maintenance ground run when the main undercarriage collapsed and the propeller damaged the fuselage at Brownsville-South Padre Island International Airport, Tx January 18, 2018. It was registered XA-TRB with Air Tribe.