VH-EAC. Boeing 707-338C. c/n 19623-671.


 

Rolled off the Boeing production line at Renton, Washington - December 28, 1967

First flown as VH-EAC at Renton (Captain Hartz) - January 25, 1968

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-EAC - February 6, 1968

Registered to Qantas Airways Ltd

Aircraft was named 'City of Sydney'

Accepted by Qantas at Renton - February 6, 1968

Departed Seattle on delivery flight to Australia as QF051D/138 (Captain A. A. E. Yates) - February 6, 1968

Arrived Sydney at 1515 at conclusion of delivery flight - February 8, 1968

Delivery route: Seattle - Honolulu - Nadi - Sydney

Operated first revenue service Sydney - Christchurch - March 3, 1968

Aircraft was renamed 'Longreach' - October 1971

Conveyed Australian Prime Minister W. McMahon on official visit to Sout East Asia - June 1972

Conveyed Australian Prime Minister G. Whitlam on official visit to New Guinea and Indonesia - February 1973

The title 'Australia' was increased in size to be the same as 'Qantas'

Departed Sydney on ferry flight to London for lease to Bristish Caledonian - October 4, 1975

Leased to British Caledonian in basic Qantas livery for three months - October 6, 1975

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - October 8, 1975

Entered onto the British Aircraft Register as G-BDKE - October 8, 1975

Returned to Qantas in London at conclusion of lease - December 31, 1975

Arrived Sydney at conclusion of ferry flight - January 2, 1976

Cancelled from the British Aircraft Register - January 2, 1976

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-EAC - January 9, 1976

Registered to Qantas Airways Ltd, Sydney

Operated final revenue service Sydney - Denpasar - Sydney as QF735 - October 28, 1978

Sold to ITEL Capital Services Corp - October 30, 1978

Aircraft had flown 34,772 hours with 13,040 cycles

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - October 30, 1978

Entered onto the Canadian Aircraft Register as C-GRYN - November 1978

Leased to Ontario Worldair, Canada

Departed Sydney on delivery flight to Canada with fifth engine pod - November 24, 1978

Ferry route: Sydney - Honolulu - Vancouver

Operated first Ontario Worldair revenue service Toronto - Montego Bay - December 1, 1978

Ontario Worldair ceased operations due to bankruptcy - January 13, 1981

Returned to ITEL and stored at Toronto - January 13, 1981

Leased to Worldways Airlines Ltd - May 1981

Accepted by Worldways Airlines Ltd after maintenance - June 17, 1981

Operated first Worldways revenue service Toronto - Azores - June 21, 1981

Operated final Worldways revenue service Acapulco - Toronto - May 19, 1983

Sold to Royal Australian Air Force as A20-623 - June 17, 1983

Aircraft had flown a total of 45,571:12 hours and 15,537 cycles

Cancelled from the Canadian Aircraft Register - ?

Entered onto the Australian Military Aircraft Register as A20-623 - ?

Departed Toronto on delivery flight to Australia - June 18, 1983

Arrived RAAF Richmond in basic Worldways livery with Royal Australian Air Force titles - June 22, 1983

Delivery route: Toronto - Washington - McClellan A.F.B (California) - Hickham A.F.B. (Hawaii) - Sydney

Ferried Sydney (Richmond) - Sydney (Kingsford Smith) for overhaul by Qantas - July 4, 1983

Rolled out in full RAAF livery at Sydney after overhaul - February 17, 1984

Aircraft was named 'Clarendon' at RAAF Richmond - May 30, 1984

Operated by 33 Squadron as a strategic transport

Converted for use as an aerial tanker

Had flown a total of 54,922 hours - November 19, 2001

Withdrawn from service and stored at RAAF Richmond pending sale - May 8, 2007

Aircraft had flown a total of 56,675:20 hours with 11,104 hours in RAAF service

Intended sale to Omega Air, U. S. A. announced - August 2007

Observed at RAAF Richmond undergoing engine runs - August 21, 2007

Sold to Omega Air Inc by Commonwealth of Australia Defence Disposal Agency - April 7, 2011

Entered onto the U. S. Aircraft Register as N623RH - June 1, 2011

Registered to Omega Air Inc, San Antonio, Texas

Observed stored near the control tower - June 6, 2011

Test flown at Richmond - October 22, 2011

Departed Richmond on delivery flight to United States as 'Omega 73' - October 25, 2011

Arrived Victorville, California at conclusion of delivery flight - October 27, 2011

Ferry route: Sydney (Richmond) - Pago Pago - Honolulu - Victorville

Planned to be upgraded with Pratt & Whitney JT8 engines and updated avionics

To remain in storage at Victorville for 2 years

 


 

VH-EAC. Qantas Australia - in the 'V-Jet' livery at Brisbane Airport, date unknown.

VH-EAC. Qantas Australia - in the 'V-Jet' livery at Sydney Airport, January 1969.

VH-EAC. Qantas Australia - in the 'ochre' livery at Mexico City Airport, March 1973.

VH-EAC. Qantas Australia - in the 'ochre' livery at Mexico City Airport, March 1973.

G-BDKE. British Caledonian - in basic Qantas 'ochre' livery at Sydney Airport, January 1976.

G-BDKE. British Caledonian - in basic Qantas 'ochre' livery at Sydney Airport, January 1976.

VH-EAC. Qantas Australia - in the 'ochre' livery at Sydney Airport, June 1976.

VH-EAC. Qantas Australia - in the 'ochre' livery at Sydney Airport, May 1977.

VH-EAC. Qantas Australia - in the 'ochre' livery at Sydney Airport, January 1978.

VH-EAC. Qantas Australia - in the 'ochre' livery at Sydney Airport, October 1978.

VH-EAC. Qantas Australia - in the 'ochre' livery at Sydney Airport, circa 1978.

C-GRYN. Ontario Worldair - in the full livery at Paris Orly Airport, September 1979.

C-GRYN. Ontario Worldair - in the full livery at unknown airport, February 1980.

C-GRYN. Ontario Worldair - in the standard livery at Paris Orly Airport, June 1980.

C-GRYN. Worldways Canada - in the full livery at unknown airport, November 1981.

C-GRYN. Worldways Canada - in the full livery Fort Lauderdale Airport, December 1981.

C-GRYN. Worldways Canada - in the full livery at unknown airport, January 1982.

C-GRYN. Worldways Canada - in the full livery at unknown airport, February 1982.

A20-623. Royal Australian Air Force - in the full livery at Melbourne Airport, April 1984.

A20-623. Royal Australian Air Force - in the full livery at Melbourne Airport, September 1985.

A20-623. Royal Australian Air Force - in the full livery at RAF Fairford, June 1992.

A20-623. Royal Australian Air Force - inside the cockpit at RAAF Richmond, June 1993.

A20-623. Royal Australian Air Force - inside the cockpit at RAAF Richmond, June 1993.

A20-623. Royal Australian Air Force - inside the cockpit at RAAF Richmond, June 1993.
 

A20-623. Royal Australian Air Force - inside the cockpit at RAAF Richmond, June 1993.

A20-623. Royal Australian Air Force - view of the refuelling pod at RAAF Richmond, June 1993.