The "Empress of Sydney" was CP Air's second DC-10. It was delivered July 19, 1979 in full Varig colors for a lease the same month after acceptance checks were finished. PP-VMG with Varig, the aircraft returned June 1980 painted in CP Air orange.
VH-KZQ gets ready to depart on the first flight of the day (7am) to Newcastle-Belmont. It had arrived 15 minutes earlier. The 30-minute flight tracked along the coast and was worth it just for the scenery. The Twin Otters often operated from the stub of Sydney's cross runway when weather permitted rather than mix with the jet traffic.
VH-FCF in the garish "canary" livery adopted by this Ansett subsidiary when the parent company decided each airline in the group needed a separate identity. It had been that way in the 1960s. The individual liveries did not last long and a group livery was reintroduced. It made it easier to move aircraft around the group when only the airline name needed to be changed.
VH-TTX was registered in January 1982. It had been around Australia in 1981 flying on a trade plate with its registration taped over or parked at Ansett General Aviation's Bankstown base with its registration exposed.
Originally USAF 56-277 and taken on strength with the RCAF February 25, 1971. Photographed here taxiing out for a flight test after overhaul by Bristol Aerospace - it's very unusual to see the Voodoo without squadron markings or a navigator in the back seat. Was used as an instructional airframe serialed 835B from January 1985 until August 1990 and struck off strength October 18, 1990.