FlagshipAZ
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Rumor- Very 1st Qantas 707 To Come Home?

Tue Jan 31, 2006 10:47 pm

Hi folks....
Me being a huge fan of the QF's 707-138s (there were only 13 built), I've heard something regarding Qantas looking at their very first 707 ever, now owned by a Saudi person or company, and perhaps purchasing, fixing & flying the bird back to Australia for restoration & display. The old registration was VH-EBA. Any truth to the rumor from anyone here? Regards.
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RE: Rumor- Very 1st Qantas 707 To Come Home?

Tue Jan 31, 2006 10:57 pm

The aircraft is currently registered HZ123 and is parked at Southend, (pictures are available on this site).

There have been threads about this already.

My recollection is that this is a possible but not a done deal yet.
 
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RE: Rumor- Very 1st Qantas 707 To Come Home?

Wed Feb 01, 2006 7:12 pm

No news on the website yet. I am really hopeful about it as there are no 707-100 short body aircraft (I.E. Qantas' 707-138) in any museums and this is the first one built (John Travolta's flying one N707JT, on the other hand, is the last one built).

I think it may be a technical matter, I.E. can it be made airworthy to fly from Southend to Australia.
 
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RE: Rumor- Very 1st Qantas 707 To Come Home?

Wed Feb 01, 2006 7:36 pm

Quoting Duke (Reply 2):
I think it may be a technical matter, I.E. can it be made airworthy to fly from Southend to Australia.

Well, throw enough money at it and of course it's possible!
Regardless its not needed. They can put it on a ship, and get it to Australia that way. It would be nice to have one on display. Even better, a perfect centrepiece (if not a tad excessive) for a new future Qantasclub?
 
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RE: Rumor- Very 1st Qantas 707 To Come Home?

Wed Feb 01, 2006 7:49 pm

Airliner World reported that QANTAS have sent some experts over to look at the aircraft at Southend and give an estimate as to how much it would cost and how long it would take to return it to airworthiness and fly it back to Oz.

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RE: Rumor- Very 1st Qantas 707 To Come Home?

Wed Feb 01, 2006 8:00 pm

I think the object is to move it by flight to have it stored next to its big sister the 742 at Longreach as part of the next stage of expansion on the QANTAS Founders Outback Museum. This was the source on Prune but nothing on the official Qantas site or the museums site as yet.

On that subject should they build a big hanger to store these two aircraft rather than outdoors, the 742 sitting there in the open it reportedly decaying due to water damage into the airplane.
 
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RE: Rumor- Very 1st Qantas 707 To Come Home?

Wed Feb 01, 2006 8:20 pm

It would be good to see more airlines create a museum of their aircraft of the past. There are so many old airliners stored in the American deserts and at airports and airfields that they could pick up cheap.

I know that KLM and SAA have already done this. BA did have a Trident at LHR, but I believe this may have gone now (can anyone confirm?).
 
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RE: Rumor- Very 1st Qantas 707 To Come Home?

Wed Feb 01, 2006 8:38 pm

Quoting RICARDOAB (Reply 6):
BA did have a Trident at LHR, but I believe this may have gone now (can anyone confirm?).

Isn't that the Trident that is currently sat in the AVP at MAN?
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RE: Rumor- Very 1st Qantas 707 To Come Home?

Wed Feb 01, 2006 9:01 pm

Yes, that is the trident, G-AWZK. They moved it recently to Manchester for display. I think I saw it in 1992 at LHR.
 
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RE: Rumor- Very 1st Qantas 707 To Come Home?

Fri Feb 03, 2006 7:51 am

Thanks to everyone for your replies. Per RicardoAB, Airliner World is where I saw the article on the aircraft, hence the rumor I've heard as well. FYI, the reason I'm fond of QF's 707-138s...one was my "birth" plane. VH-EBJ is the ONLY aircraft I can find thru research that was delivered the same day that I was delivered... August 24, 1961.  Wink Thanks again, and regards to all.
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