Bought by famed aviator Charles Kingsford Smith, G-ABCF was used for record-breaking solo UK-Australia flight in October 1930. Smith sold it to Guy Menzies, who made first solo Australia-New Zealand flight in January 1931. Flight ended with G-ABCF on its back. Until then G-ABCF was a single seater with a fuel tank in front cockpit. Rebuilt as two seater. Crashed at Mascot airport (Sydney International) April 12, 1931, killing pilot and passenger. At time G-ABCF was a landplane. This Milton Kent photo showing it on floats remains unexplained. Avian never took up allocated marks VH-UPT.
Air Canada took control of Canadian Airlines in 2000. They kept the airlines separate for another year to get Canadian's balance sheet in better shape. This 767 was brought into Canadian's fleet the same year as their DC-10s were retired. Originally with Aeromexico, the leased aircraft was merged into the Air Canada fleet March 29, 2001. Pictured awaiting a new engine, it was returned to GE Capital Aviation Service in 2003.