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  1. JohnK

    JohnK Veteran Member

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    That looks really good. I don't remember ever travelling on a 707.

    "Australia's Overseas Airline". How little meaning those words have today!
     
  2. oz_mark

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    I do, but it had a green stripe down the side and the words "CATHAY PACIFIC" painted on it :)
     
  3. simongr

    simongr Enthusiast

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    On some levels this may soon be more true than it ever was ;)
     
  4. Yada Yada

    Yada Yada Established Member

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    #5 Yada Yada, Dec 18, 2006
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    So when does she arrive in Australia? I'd like to see her in the flesh before she retires up to Longreach.

    EDIT: Never mind, she already has. Another thread here has links to photos. Looks great!
     
  5. smithym

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    She got in a couple of days ago. Here are some pics of her coming in. Dont know if QF is going to parade her around the country before going to Longreach.
     
  6. Soundguy

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    I have a job coming up in the new year in Longreach.... look forward to seeing this girl when I visit there! (Actually not sure of the name - is it female?:p)
     
  7. Altair

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    VH-XBA (was originally VH-EBA hence "X" I think) City of Canberra.
    Planes like ships tend to be referred to her in the English speaking world.
     
  8. Yada Yada

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    Out of curiosity, how big is the 707-100 compared with current day planes (i.e. dimensionally, and pax-load)? Is a 737-800 about the same size?
     
  9. SF&

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    I visited the qantas museum in syd aiport and their is an older gentleman that works their ( forgot his name ) who has worked at qantas a long time; took me thru the musuem on a sort of personal tour telling me his own stories and memories he was sitting next to MARGE at the home comng; so if you want to know more history visit the musuem you may bump into this guy a wealth of info & fantatsic stories, it's the ex charimans lounge.

    btw too young for this aircraft i do remember my first ever journey on Ansett mt gambier to melbourne via hamilton or portland one or the other even got a big juicy steak on board the fokker. what great memories!!
     
  10. Altair

    Altair Active Member

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    Have a look at this site for data on aircraft, generally reliable except for peformance figures, which may come from the manufacturers sites.
    Airliners.net: Boeing 707
    and 737-800
    Airliners.net: Boeing 737-800/900

    SF& was it this guy referred to in The Australian article?
    707 calls Australia home once more | Aviation | The Australian

    I think I must go to Longreach one day and see this museum, by air of course!
     
  11. SF&

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    Not sure sorry of his name short guy skinny. Great stories if u get him. It 's a great place to watch the planes land and take off too.
     
  12. Kiwi Flyer

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    If we have an AFF/FT Longreach Do, I'd be up for that (subject to my availability of course).
     
  13. Soundguy

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    Umm.... assuming the new Qantas owners consider it economical for Qantaslink to continue flying to Longreach.
     
  14. Altair

    Altair Active Member

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    Queensland is one of the few state governments that subsidise air travel. QF did not fly to Longreach before AN collapse. If QF pull out there will be another operator flying there as it is important to the local community.
    I am surprised no one has not said that the new "owners" will close the museum but as far as I know it is in trust and not part of QF.....QF just supports it.:D
     
  15. Standby

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    Appologies for starting a new thread but cannot locate the one I swa a few days ago regarding the 707 City of CBR.(mod pls feel free to move it to the orig thread)
    I have discovered a web site that covers the restoration/flight plus heaps of old photos of the Qantas 707 fleet that kero snifers will love

    VH-JET#1 & Her Sisters - Website Updates

    also a mate who has been following the story closely just sent me this info on a documentary to be shown on channel 7..see attached

    Return of the 707 - City of Canberra - 7:30pm Wednesday 4th April
    A thrilling documentary exploring a momentous occasion in Australian aviation history will be jetting to Channel 7 on Wednesday, April 4 at 7.30pm.
    Australia now has back the first Boeing produced for Qantas – and the first sold outside of the US – more than 47 years after it first arrived Down Under.
    The 1959 Boeing 707-1318B – known as the City of Canberra – which flew the likes of Fred Astaire, Gregory Peck and Bob Hope to our shores, has been restored to its former glory following one of aviation’s most technical restoration projects.
    The painstaking process is captured in Return of the 707 – an hour-long documentary airing on Channel 7, which takes us back to the beginning of jet travel in Australia and details the arduous restoration process of the 707-1318B.
    The jet was the first in Australian aviation history, making international travel more accessible and halving the flying time.
    More than 60 volunteers put in 15,000 hours to restore the plane to its former glory, a feat believed to be unmatched in aviation history.
    The volunteers came from all over Australia – former engineers, pilots and crew, all sharing a consuming passion for aviation – and helped along by a $1million grant from the Australian Government.
    They scoured the world for the rare spare parts needed to get the aircraft back to flight readiness after it lay idle for six years in an English airfield at Southend-on-Sea.
    The aircraft was earmarked for scrap until it was spotted by the Qantas Foundation Memorial (QFM) and following negotiations with the previous owner, the plane was gifted to the QFM who undertook the mammoth restoration project.
    The City of Canberra’s final journey back to Australia was a 35,000km, eight-day journey through Ireland, the Canary Islands, Bermuda, the United States and Fiji.
    The tour included a stop to visit Hollywood actor and Qantas ambassador John Travolta, who owns and pilots the last Qantas 707 in the fleet, which is painted in the Qantas livery of the 1960s. The documentary shows the two aircraft in Florida for an historical meeting.
    It will fly to its new home at the Qantas Founders Museum in Longreach, Queensland at Easter.
     
  16. QF WP

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    Done as requested, Standby. Hmmm, also just found this thread about the 707 as well, so will cross reference to here for those interested.
     
  17. toetoes

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    Hi all,

    My wife and I were out at Longreach last week-end to look over the 747-200 and the Qantas Founders museum. The 707 will be in LRE for easter only. It will be in LRE for good in a few Mths after that. Work is in progres to have it on display next to the 747. The tour of the 747 is well woth it if you are out at Longreach.. Helen, our guide was a gem, went way over the normal 1 hour tour of the 747. If you visit in the hot Mths do the tour early in the day as the air craft only has air-con at the very rear and the upper deck. Try the trip as we did, fly out and take the train back to BNE. Qld rail has good packages from time to time in the hotter Mths.

    PM me if you would like more details,


    Thks,


    Tony
     
  18. Flashback

    Flashback Senior Member

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    Re: Qantas 707 City of Canberra

    And what a great day that is.. it's my birthday ;)
     
  19. serfty

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    Qantas Screened this on my QF636 flight to BNE last night. It went for approx 30mins and showed signs of being edited from the original version.

    Quite fascinating ...
     
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