Convair Propliners in South Africa
c/n 228
c/n 228

Built as a 340-67

F/F 18 Nov 1954

N8453H CONVAIR
Sold to U.S.A.F. del as VC-131D, 54-2820, 17 Feb 1955
Cur with 4600th ABW at Wright Paterson AFB Feb 1955 to 1971
Cur with 46th ADW/H.Q. ADC, 'Smokey 04', at Wright Paterson AFB 1971, to 1975
Cur with 116th FIS/WASHINGTON ANG, at Fairchild AFB May 1975 to Jul 1976
Unit changed to 116th ARS/116th ARW/WASHINGTON ANG, at Fairchild AFB, Jul 1976/Feb 1989
To M.A.S.D.C., 16 Feb 1988, coded 'AACS0090'. Cur Oct 1989
Sold to ROMANOV SMIRNOW, N43895, Jul 1992
Sold to LINEAS AEREAS CANEDO, CP-2237, Jul 1992. Cur at CBB 4 Nov 1999. Cur at LPB 26 Sept 1994
Lsd to JORGE T. LAVADENZ, opd as CARIBBEAN FLIGHTS, YV-914C, Jul 1986
Retd to LA CANEDA, CP-2237, Sept 1997
Sold to ROVOS RAIL TOURS opg as ROVOS AIR, ZS-OTE Jun 2001
R/R ZS-BRV, Aug 2001
R/R ZS-ARV Oct 2001. I/S Oct 2001
Csd ops. 2009
Cur std. at HLA, Dec 2009, U.F.S. Std. in good cond. at PRY Jan 2011.
Flown in February 2011 to Gert de Klerk “Freeway strip” and stored.
Ferried 19 June 2012 to Wonderboom Airport. Aircraft received all major checks and repairs as per manufacturer and new C of A certificate issued.
Test flown in February 2013.
For sale as at June 2013.
Departed Wonderboom 9 August 2016 for the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society, Illawarra Regional Airport, Australia, arriving on Sunday 21 August 2016.
ZS-ARV
Rovos Air
Lanseria Airport
8 December 2007
In the background is the Rovos Air Douglas DC-3 ZS-CRV
Photograph: Arnold Balledux
ZS-ARV
Rovos Air
Lanseria Airport 8 December 2007
Photograph: Arnold Balledux
ZS-ARV
Rovos Air
Lanseria Airport
Photograph: Omer Mees
ZS-ARV
Rovos Air
Sheer luxury
Photograph: Athol Franz African Pilot Magazine
ZS-ARV
Rovos Air
Photograph: Athol Franz African Pilot Magazine
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Convair Propliners in South Africa

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ZS-ARV
Rovos Air
Photograph: Michael Prophet
ZS-ARV
Rovos Air
Photograph: Michael Prophet
ZS-ARV
Rovos Air
Photograph: Michael Prophet
ZS-ARV
Rovos Air
Photograph: Michael Prophet
ZS-ARV
Rovos Air
Photograph: Robert Adams
ZS-ARV
Polokwane International Airport (as it was then known) Pietersburg 21 May 2005
Photograph: Gabriel le Roux www.aviationpics.co.za
Download Rovos Air Convair Aircraft article by Stefano Pagiola that featured in Airways Magazine, September 2004