VH-EBS has departed JetBase in SYD for the Evergreen centre at Marana. Leaves EBR as the only 742 on the QF books, but it's on lease to FJ in their livery and probably won't be back with QF given the wording in the release.
(At one stage, was thought EBR would return till October, but now "presumed" she will also be despatched to Marana once FJ's 744's come on line in April & June).
For all intents and purposes, QF operations of the 742 have ended.
For the record - last QF 742 revenue service was QF566 PER-SYD on Sun 05 Jan.
(*Caveat - unless something happens with EBR)
EBS "City of Broken Hill" was the last delivered of 22 747-238 orders back in Nov '81. Some 85,178 flying hours and 17,175 landings later, she had the honour of seeing out a sterling 32 (almost) years of QF 742 service.
A shame in many ways QF 742 service ended with nary a whimper or fanfare - unless plans are underway for EBR !!
Like the 747 itself transformed the commercial aviation world and industry, the QF 742's transformed Oz and our people. No longer were we so isolated and unable to travel quickly to literally anywhere else at those exorbitant pre-747 airfares. The QF742's opened a whole new world - literally - to all Australians, and indeed arguably for the first time opened Australia to the world.
Many of my generation would have had their first overseas trips on a QF 742 and they would hold a special place always in our minds. The sight of a QF 742 at an overseas airport back in those days, was always a stirring moment.
To EBS and her sister ships, thanks for the superb years of largely unblemished service and thanks for the memories. You deserve more than becoming soup cans, and you certainly deserved more than being jetted off to Marana with no fanfare or proper farewells.
(Bring EBR home !!!! )
Truly the end of an era.