The former Boeing 707-138B that was in storage at Southend has been purchased by the Qantas Outback Founders Museum. It's scheduled to return to Australia in November.
It is the former VH-EBA, the first jet aircraft delivered by Boeing outside of the USA, Australia's first jet aircraft, Qantas' first jet aircraft... the plane which reduced flying time from 48 to 27 hours Sydney to London. It was originally delivered on 20 July 1959.
The Australian Government also chipped in with funds on this, because of the plane's historic nature.
Photo © Mel Lawrence
I'm personally thrilled to pieces that this has actually happened! I've read that it's in the original 1959 livery (not the V-Jet one above / like John Travolta's) and that it's been painted...
So who's a spotter near Southend who can get the pic?