|Quoting ClassicLover (Reply 27):|
Care to paste the e-mail for us to see? I sent an e-mail to join the list before the flight started and didn't get added...
Here it is below. I signed up some time ago when I heard they were bringing it over:
I trust that you all have had a very enjoyable Christmas and your 2007
has stated out being a great year.
Of course the 707 has arrived in Australia with the reception being held
in one of the Qantas hangars in Sydney. We need to thank Qantas for organising this event, it went off very well thanks to the work and resources that they put into the event.
What has been happening since! Our instructions were that the volunteers
were to go home and spend some time with their families, however to keep XBA in flying condition they have been doing starting the engines (on a Friday I believe). What would we do without this band of dedicated enthusiasts?
The Qantas Foundation Memorial and the Qantas Founders Museum boards
have been planning and going through the options to get the aircraft back to Longreach and locating it when she arrives. In Longreach a hangar has been removed and surveys have taken place. Longreach is a working airport so
we thank the Longreach Shire Council for assisting us in locating the 707 that will allow it to become another major attraction at the Qantas Founders Museum.
Just as it was prior to the flight to Australia, options abound for the flight to Longreach. Ranging from a single hop as early as possible to giving the Australian public the opportunity to have a look at the aircraft and even visiting an airshow! The Boards have decided that the opportunity to show the aircraft to the Australian people and acknowledge the assistance provided by the Australian Government (Department of Environment and Heritage) and Qantas is too important to miss, however in saying that there still is a lot of work to be done. Old aircraft don't just sit and wait for the next flight, the maintenance is amazing and all components expire. We are also using some borrowed parts that will need to be returned at some time (I hope they don't miss them too soon!)
So the plan is that the City of Canberra will have one last goodbye to at least some of the cities she graced in her youth, the extent of this will depend on maintenance (if it is not 100%, it will not fly), and the funds available. I will keep this list informed when we have definite details.
Thanks for your interest in this project, knowing so many are passionate about this aircraft does influence the boards decisions.
Director - Qantas Foundation Memorial
This is crap on stick for me. I was planning a side trip to Longreach as I will be in Brisbane in March. I'm not sure it's even going to be there now by then. I was going to postpone it on the basis that it would go on a capital city tour but I'm not sure there will be a justification to bring it to Perth (some cities only it seems) so the next opportunity to see it for me might not be until October, oh well.