Flyn From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 76 posts, RR: 0 Posted (11 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 1981 times:
Any one have information on this purchase or news? For some reason I can not ask for photos on this category (As if it really interferes with anything. But you get my point anyone know anything let me know thanks. it is a 747 and thats tehcnicle to me
Flyn From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 76 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1830 times:
WING MAN: Avid aviator John Travolta proudly poses after completing the requirements to become an ambassador-at-large for Qantas Airlines. Captain Travolta will be flying his wife, Kelly Preston, and kids Jett and Ella Bleu, on a two-month trek around the world in the Boeing 707 on whose flight deck he's sitting.
EC-121K From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 13, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1376 times:
JT's aircraft is a B707-138B. These were purposely built by Boeing for QANTAS. This particular aircraft was bought by QANTAS new in 1964, as VH-EBM, and sold to Braniff in 1969.
The -138 was a short-body variant of the -120, and QANTAS were the only airline to acquire such. A 'made to measure' aircraft. The fuselage was 10ft shorter, achieved by removing 5ft sections both fore and aft of the wing. It had excellent airfield performance. Many of the airports QANTAS operated out of, including it's home base at Sydney, were incapable at that time of handling the long-bodied version without substantial weight penalties.
It proved to be an excellent choice for the airline.
Both former QANTAS B747SPs are scrap ( literally ) at Pinal Airpark, Marana.
B747skipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 14, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1362 times:
Dear EC-121K -
Thanks, about the 707-138B, I flew one of these once, for its "permanent retirement" to Marana in the early 1980s... Having flown many of the 707 types, I was happy to get my hands on a "138B" rocketship, and have that entry in my logbook... one model I never got to fly ever was the 707-227, these were 100s fitted with JT4D rather than the JT3Cs... for Braniff...
When I saw Travolta's N707JT, I first thought it was a 720B, since Travolta's plane only has one overwing exit per side... I should have guessed it was a 138B instead, I believe there are still 2 or 3 privately owned 138Bs based in the Middle East... rare birds nowadays...
EC-121K From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 15, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1349 times:
Out of the 13 B707-138Bs that QANTAS had, including the original 7 that were retrofitted with the turbofan JT3D-1 engines to became B's, our latest information reveals that only 4 still survive as whole aircraft.
N707JT of course ( former VH-EBM )
HZ-123 ( former VH-EBA ) last seen at Southend in England, May 2002, with the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia.
9Q-CLK ( former VH-EBG ), believed with the Republic of Congo Government.
'CN-ANS' ( former VH-EBK ) with the Royal Moroccan Air Force as a tanker, with the aforementioned callsign.
From your logbook, I suspect you are referring to VR-CAN ( the former VH-EBH ), whose last operator was Omni Air International. That aircraft was still at Pinal Airpark circa 1988 in good condition with Evergreen, as it's owners had continued to pay the fees. Believe it has now gone by way of the scrappers.
When the crew take another QANTAS B747-238 to Pinal in August, I will have them check it out for me.
B747skipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 16, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 1304 times:
Dear EC121K -
That 707-138B was then registered N792FA, I flew it from Burbank to Marana, on 08 MAY 1983... the plane had been parked at the Burbank airport for a while, with partial Bouraq Indonesia markings (a large "B" on the tail fin) and in my notes I wrote down 17701 as serial number... does that help you identify that one??? I was told that plane was to be WFU...
EC-121K From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 17, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 1295 times:
Hi again B747skipper.
Sure does identify the aircraft.
N792FA, registered at the time to FB Ayer and Associates, was broken up at Pinal in 1983.
She was delivered to QANTAS on 10th Sept. 1959, as VH-EBF ( B707-138 ), with the earlier JT3C-6, then sent back to Boeing in 1961 to be fitted with the turbofan JT3D-1, and redesignated as a -138B. Sold to Standard Airways on 26th March 1968, and re-registered N792SA ( Standard Airways purchased four of the -138Bs ). After working with Standard she moved on, and went through registrations D-ADAQ, TC-JBP and finally as you saw her as N792FA.
Thanks so much for the information, and relaying your flying of her.
We are hoping to organise a photo shoot on the QANTAS Jetbase here in Sydney with JT's -138B, a B747-400 and another historic type of which QANTAS flew with great success.