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“Maluti”

Boeing 747SP-44
ZS-SPC “Maluti”
c/n: 21134


 
Ordered by SAA on the 16th of July 1974 and registered in January 1976. Rolled out on the 17th of May 1976 and first flight on the 4th of June 1976 using the Boeing Company registration N8297V. Delivered to SAA 17th of June by Captains Willem Steytler, Archie Nasmith and Jack Tindall, Flight Engineers were Vernon du Toit and Anthony Watt.
 
17th-18th June 1976 Seattle-Ilha do Sal-Jan Smuts 19 hrs 55 min.
 
Flown to the Boeing factory for straight staircase, landing gear and other modifications on the 23rd of April 1977.
 
The aircraft was used for a presidential flight from 12th to the 17th of October 1980. The route was Jan Smuts-Waterkloof-Mauritius-TSA-Taipei-Mauritius-Waterkloof-Jan Smuts, the operating crew were Captains Meyer Botha, Mickey Mitchell, first officer James de Wet and flight engineers Adrian den Haan and Bill Herbst.
 
The airliner was the first SAA aircraft to operate into Huston USA on the.
 
The aircraft was leased to Air Mauritius from 28th of October 1984 to the 10th of November 1994; the aircraft was registered 3B-NAG and was named "Chateau de Reduit". On return to SAA the aircraft was leased to new South African company Avia from the 24th of April to the 2nd of August 1995. The registration was ZS-SPC and the name "Gauteng" was carried.
 
ZS-SPC had a short lease to Air Namibia towards the end of October 1995 with the Avia cheat lines and a white rudder and fin. Returned to SAA, Leased to Air Namibia and painted in the Air Namibia colours, returned to SAA.
 
Sold to Golden Tattoo TRD (Pty) Limited on the 19th of November 2003. The operator did not take delivery of the aircraft, and it was stored at Denel, JIA.
 

 

ZS-SPC overhead Rand Airport prior to touch down. Photo Jacqui Blaauw



 

ZS-SPC Maluti landing at Rand Airport 30 September 2006. Photo Hannes Meyer
 
 



B747SP ZS-SPC Maluti items of interest
 
 
Type
Boeing 747SP-44
Construction No.
21134
Line number
288
Mnf No.
RG213
Engines
P&W JT9D-7FW
Registration
ZS-SPC
Name
Maluti
SAA Fleet number
103
Ordered by SAA
16 July 1974 Order placed
Purchase price
 
Registered to SAA
January 1976 registered to SAA
Rolled out
17 May 1976 Registered N8297V and rolled out at Boeing Field
First flight
04 June 1976 First flight, still registered N8297V
Delivered
11 June 1976 Handed over by Boeing to SAA.
Delivery flight
Delivery flight. Details from the logbook of Captain Willem Steytler, Captain Archy Nasmith. Crew were:
Captain Archy Nasmith
Captain Jack Tindal
Captain Willem Steytler
Flight Engineer Anthony Watt
Flight Engineer Vernon du Toit
17 June 1976                        Seattle-Ilha do Sal               10 hours 45 minutes.
17/18 June 1976                    Ilha do Sal-Jan Smuts           8 hours 30 minutes.
Last SAA service
The last service of B747SP ZS-SPC was flown on 24 October 2003 when the aircraft operated flight SA 280/281 from Johannesburg – Perth - Johannesburg
Last Flight
ZS-SPC ferried to Rand Airport on 30 September 2006. The flight crew were:
Dennis Spence – Captain
Joe Maartens – First Officer
John Froneman – Flight Engineer
Richard Hunt – Assistant Flight Engineer
Phil Parsons – Safety Officer
Chris Hancock – Civil Aviation Authority Inspector
 
ZS-SPC had completed 82,313.23 hours at the time of landing at Rand Airport
Hours flown
82,313.23




ZS-SPC has a straight staircase. Photo Frans van Aartsen

ZS-SPC One of the galleys. Photo Frans van Aartsen






B747SP Maluti dates of interest
 
 
Date
Details
1974/07/16
16 July 1974 Order placed
1976/01
January 1976 registered to SAA
1976/05/17
17 May 1976 Registered N8297V and rolled out at Boeing Field
1976/06/04
04 June 1976 First flight, still registered N8297V
1976/06/11
11 June 1976 Handed over by Boeing to SAA.
1976/06/17
Delivery flight. Details from the logbook of Captain Willem Steytler, Captain Archy Nasmith
Crew:
Captain Archy Nasmith
Captain Jack Tindal
Captain Willem Steytler
Flight Engineer Anthony Watt
Flight Engineer Vernon du Toit
17 June 1976 Seattle-Ilha do Sal 10 hours 45 minutes.
17/18 June 1976 Ilha do Sal-Jan Smuts 8 hours 30 minutes.
1976/06/18
18 June arrived at the then Jan Smuts Airport at the end of its delivery flight
1977/03/23
ZS-SPC Flown to the Boeing factory for straight staircase, landing gear and other modifications on 23 March 1977
1980/10/12
The aircraft was used for a presidential flight from 12 to 17 October 1980. The route was Jan Smuts-Waterkloof-Mauritius-TSA-Taipei-Mauritius-Waterkloof-Jan Smuts. The operating crew were Captains Meyer Botha, Mickey Mitchell, first officer James de Wet and Flight Engineers Adrian den Haan and Bill Herbst.
1982/12/09
9 December 1982 ZS-SPC was the first SAA aircraft to land at Houston International Airport.
1984/09/02
2 September 1984 Rolled into hangar for repaint into Air Mauritius.
1984/10/28
Air Mauritius also signed a lease agreement for B747SP ZS-SPC from 28 October 1984; the aircraft was painted in Air Mauritius colours and registered 3B-NAG.
1984/10/30
30 October 1984 3B-NAG Air Mauritius Lease date according to SAA files.
1994/11/10
B747SP ZS-SPC was returned from Air Mauritius lease on 10 November 1994.
1995/02/09
9 February 1995 Rolled into hangar for repaint into Avia livery
1995/04/24
B747SP ZS-SPC was leased to new South African airline Avia from 24 April 1995 until 2 August 1995 when the company went out of business.
1995/05/01
1 May 1995 registered ZS-SPC to Avia and named “Gauteng”. Leased
1995/09/10
10 September 1995 returned to SAA.
1995/10/25
25 October 1995 leased to Air Namibia
1995/10/29
29 October V5-SPF on service with Air Namibia. Leased ZS-SPC for 1 flight only.
1995/10/31
31 October 1995 Returned to SAA
1999/03/14
14 March Rolled into hangar for repaint into Air Namibia colours
1999/03/15
15 March leased to Air Namibia
1999/10/26
26 October 1999 Arrived back at Johannesburg from last Air Namibia flight.
1999/10/27
27 October 1999 Returned to SAA
1999/10/29
29 October First flight for SAA after Namibia lease.
2003/10/24
The last flight of B747SP ZS-SPC was flown on 24 October 2003 when the aircraft operated flight SA 280/281 from Johannesburg-Perth-Johannesburg.
2003/11/19
Sold to Golden Tattoo TRD (Pty) Limited on the 19 November 2003. The operator did not take delivery of the aircraft and it was stored at Denel, JIA.
2005/05/21
21 May 2005 letter sent to SAA requesting donation of a B747SP
2005/07/30
30 July 2005. Maluti towed to the engine run-up bay. Engine runs performed, no major problems found.
2005/10/20
20 October 2005 SAA confirms that it will donate ZS-SPC to the SAA Museum Society. All that is required is the signature from treasury.
2005/11/01
Official notification received from SAA that the aircraft was now the property of the SAA Museum Society.
2006/09/08
Official notification received from SAA that the aircraft may now be ferried to Rand Airport after months of delays. SAA eventually agreed to pay the “Donations Tax”.
2006/09/15
Friday 15 September 2006. Engine runs completed on the aircraft and all seems to be in order, full power was achieved. Not bad considering the engines were last run for the first attempt to fly over one year ago. How does the saying go “Going like a Boeing”.
2006/09/29
ZS-SPC test flown at JIA and then practice approaches performed at Rand. Flight duration 1 hour 40 minutes
2006/09/30
ZS-SPC ferried to Rand Airport.
 
The flight crew were:
 
Dennis Spence – Captain
Joe Maartens – First Officer
John Froneman – Flight Engineer
Richard Hunt – Assistant Flight Engineer
Phil Parsons – Safety Officer
Chris Hancock – Civil Aviation Authority Inspector
 
ZS-SPC had completed 82,313.23 hours at the time of landing at Rand Airport
 
ZS-SPC being turned around before being pushed to her final resting place. Photo George Hall




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