VH-EAB. Boeing 707-338C. c/n 19622-660.


 

Rolled off the Boeing production line at Renton, Washington - November 21, 1967

First flown as VH-EAB - December 28, 1967

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-EAB - January 10, 1968

Registered to Qantas Airways Ltd

Aircraft was named 'City of Canberra'

Departed Seattle on delivery flight to Australia as QF051D (Captain A. A. E. Yates) - January 10, 1968

Arrived Sydney at conclusion of delivery flight at 0915 - January 12, 1968

Delivery route: Seattle - Los Angeles - Honolulu - Nadi - Brisbane - Sydney

Operated first revenue service Sydney - Tokyo - February 10, 1968

Aircraft was involved in a dramatic mid-air loss of control incident - February 21, 1969

As a result of this incident the aircraft was known as 'The Bahrain Bomber'

To read more about this incident please click 'HERE'

Aircraft was renamed 'Winton' - August 1971

Chartered by the Australian Government for an official visit to China by the Prime Minister G. Whitlam - 1971

The word 'Australia' in the cabin roof titles was increased in size to be the same as 'Qantas'

Chartered by Ansett for one day to cover peak Easter holiday loadings - April 25, 1973

Sold to ITEL Capital Services for lease to Young Cargo Airlines, Belgium - April 1977

Aircraft had flown 32,350 hours at time of sale

Leased to Qantas and returned to service to cover the delayed arrival of Boeing 747-238B VH-EBN

Painted in a special 'Have A Qantastic Christmas' livery - November 1977

This livery was first suggested by Paul Miller who was the Reservations Advisor to George Howling

The idea was put to Qantas Flight Operations who investigated the proposal

Deemed to be acceptable providing the aircraft's registration was not compromised

This was the first time that 'advertising' had been carried on a Qantas aircraft's fuselage

Operated final revenue service Sydney - Christchurch - Sydney as QF58/352 - December 18, 1977

Withdrawn from use and prepared for return to lessor

Returned to ITEL Capital Services Corp at Sydney Airport - December 23, 1977

Aircraft had flown 34,274 hours with 11,882 cycles

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - December 27, 1977

Entered onto the Belgian Aircraft Register as OO-YCL - December 27, 1977

Registered to ITEL Capital Services Corporation

Leased to Young Cargo as registered operator

Departed Sydney on ferry flight to Belgium - December 28, 1977

Returned to ITEL when Young Cargo ceased operations - May 1979

Leased to Air Niugini - May 1979

Arrived Sydney in full Air Niugini livery - May 25, 1979

Cancelled from the Belgian Aircraft Register - May 26, 1979

Entered onto the Papua New Guinea Aircraft Register as P2-ANA - May 28, 1979

Registered to ITEL Capital Services Corporation

Leased to Air Niugini as registered operator

Sold to Air Niugini - December 1984

Operated final revenue service Port Moresby - Brisbane - Port Moresby - January 30, 1985

Withdrawn from use and stored at Port Morseby - February 1, 1985

Sold to TRATCO - April 1, 1985

Arrived Brussels, Belgium for storage - April 13, 1985

Entered onto the Icelandic Aircraft Register as TF-AEC - July 13, 1985

Registered to TRATCO

Leased to Air Arctic Iceland as registered operator

Entered service in basic Air Niugini livery

Sub-leased to Surinam Airways - August 8 to September 7, 1985

Returned to TRATCO on termination of lease - September 1985

Leased to Air Maldives - December 1985

Returned to TRATCO on termination of lease - February 1986

Sold to Zakani Aviation Services (ZAS), Egypt - February 1986

Cancelled from the Icelandic Aircraft Register - March 23, 1986

Entered onto the Egyptian Aircraft Register as SU-DAE - April 1, 1986

Sold to Nile Safaris Aviation - July 1988

Cancelled from the Egyptian Aircraft Register - ?

Entered onto the Sudanese Aircraft Register as ST-ALL - July 2, 1988

Sold to Avistar (Cyprus) Ltd - May 31, 1990

Entered onto the Cyprus Aircraft Register as 5B-DAY - ?

Leased to Clipper International Airways - May 1991

Used by the United Nations for relief flights with 'UN' titles on the aircraft - September 1991

Sold to Grumman Aerospace Corporation for conversion to J-STARS production aircraft - May 28, 1992

Aircraft had flown 57,619 hours with 19,706 cycles to date

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N4131G - May 1992

Registered to Grumman Aerospace Corporation

Cancelled from the United States Aircraft Register - October 1995

Delivered to the United States Air Force at Woodbridge A.F.B. as an E-8C P-1 - March 26, 1996

Allocated the U. S. Serial Number AF92-3289

Allocated to 93rd Air Control Wing, Robins A.F.B. - June 11, 1996

Aircraft had flown 57,631 hours to date

Displayed at the Farnborough Air Show - September 1996

Observed at Warner Robins A.F.B. with multi-coloured stripe and 'WR' tail code - April 28, 2001

Observed at Birmingham, Al named 'Belle of Middle Georgia' - July 20, 2002

Current status - ?

 


 

 

VH-EAB. Qantas Australia - in the 'V-Jet' livery at Mexico City Airport, May 1968.

VH-EAB. Qantas Australia - in the modified 'V-Jet' livery at Vancouver Airport, July 1972.

 
 

VH-EAB. Qantas Australia - with modified titles for Russia visit at Moscow Airport.

VH-EAB. Qantas Australia - with modified titles for China visit at Bonn Airport, January 1975.

 

VH-EAB. Qantas - in the 'Have A Qantastic Christmas' livery at Sydney Airport, November 1977.

VH-EAB. Qantas - in the 'Have A Qantastic Christmas' livery at Sydney Airport, November 1977.
VH-EAB. Qantas - in the 'Have A Qantastic Christmas' livery at Sydney Airport, November 1977.
VH-EAB. Qantas - in the 'Have A Qantastic Christmas' livery at Sydney Airport, November 1977.
VH-EAB. Qantas - in the 'Have A Qantastic Christmas' livery at Sydney Airport, December 1977.
VH-EAB. Qantas - in the 'Have A Qantastic Christmas' livery at Brisbane Airport, December 1977.

VH-EAB. Qantas - in the 'Have A Qantastic Christmas' livery at Sydney Airport, December 1977.

VH-EAB. Young - in the full livery at Sydney Airport, December 1977.

VH-EAB. Young - in the full livery at Sydney Airport, December 1977.
 

 

OO-YCL. Young - in the full livery at Brussels Airport, May 1978.

 

P2-ANA. Air Niugini - in the full livery with additional titles at Sydney Airport, September 1979.

P2-ANA. Air Niugini - in the full livery with additional titles at Sydney Airport, September 1979.

P2-ANA. Air Niugini - in the full livery with additional titles at Sydney Airport, January 1980.

P2-ANA. Air Niugini - in the full livery with additional titles at Sydney Airport, January 1980.

P2-ANA. Air Niugini - in the full livery with additional titles at Sydney Airport, January 1980.

 

P2-ANA. Air Niugini - in the full livery with additional titles at Sydney Airport, May 1980.

P2-ANA. Air Niugini - in the full livery at Sydney Airport, September 1980.

P2-ANA. Air Niugini - in the full livery at Sydney Airport, January 1981.

P2-ANA. Air Niugini - in the full livery at Sydney Airport, April 1981.

P2-ANA. Air Niugini - in the full livery at Port Moresby Airport, January 1982.

TF-AEC. Air Arctic Icelandic - in basic Air Niugini livery at unknown airport, August 1985.

TF-AEC. ZAS Airline of Egypt - in the full livery at unknown airport, March 1986.

SU-DAE. ZAS Airline of Egypt - in the full livery at Amsterdam Airport, April 1986.

 
 

ST-ALL. Nile Safaris Aviation - in the full livery at Marseille Airport, May 1989.

ST-ALL. Nile Safaris Aviation - in the full livery at Marseille Airport, June 1989.

 

ST-ALL. Nile Safaris Aviation - in the full livery, location and date unknown.

ST-ALL. Nile Safaris Aviation - in the full livery at Marseille Airport, October 1989.

5B-DAY. Nile Safaris Aviation - in the full livery at Miami Airport, July 1990.

5B-DAY. Avistar - in basic Nile Safaris livery without titles, October 1990.

5B-DAY. Clipper International - in basic Nile Safaris livery with 'UN' titles, January 1992.

5B-DAY. Clipper International - in basic Nile Safaris livery with 'UN' titles at Amsterdam, January 1992.
 

 

5B-DAY. Grumman Aerospace - in the metal livery with small titles at unknown airport, September 1995.