VH-EAD. Boeing 707-338C. c/n 19624-689.


 

Rolled off the Boeing production line at Renton, Washington - February 12, 1968

First flown at Renton as VH-EAD - March 18, 1968

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-EAD - March 27, 1968

Registered to Qantas Airways Ltd

Accepted by Qantas at Seattle - March 27, 1968

Departed Seattle at 1814 hours on delivery flight to Australia as QF051D - March 27, 1968

Arrived Sydney at conclusion of delivery flight at 1556 hours - March 29, 1968

Delivery route: Seattle - Honolulu - Nadi - Sydney

Aircraft was named 'City of Melbourne'

Operated first revenue service Sydney - Christchurch - April 17, 1968

Aircraft was renamed 'City of Newcastle' - May 25, 1971

Aircraft was renamed 'City of Ballarat' - April 16, 1974

Operated final Qantas Boeing 707 service to Johanessburg as QF641/870 - December 29, 1976

Route: Sydney - Perth - Johannesburg - Perth - Sydney

Operated final revenue service Sydney - Auckland - Sydney - February 4, 1979

Withdrawn from use and stored at Sydney Airport

Aircraft had flown 37,140:30 hours with 14,618 cycles

Prepared for sale to the Royal Australian Air Force

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - March 30, 1979

Sold to the Royal Australian Air Force - April 1, 1979

Entered onto the Australian Military Aircraft Register as A20-624

Ferried Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - Sydney (Richmond) on delivery to R. A. A. F. - June 1, 1979

Aircraft was named 'Richmond Town' at RAAF Base Richmond

Allocated to No 33 Transport Squadron with radio call-sign 'VM-NUQ'

Utilised to carry Pope John Paul II on his Australian Papal Tour - November 1986

Converted for use as an aerial refuelling tanker - ?

Repainted into RAAF grey livery - December 1998

Had flown 49,431 hours - November 19, 2001

Operated final 'Farewell' flight over the City of Sydney - June 30, 2008

Officially retired at a special ceremony at RAAF Richmond - June 30, 2008

Aircraft had flown a total of 50,964.8 hours with 13,824 hours flown in RAAF service

Stored at RAAF Richmond pending sale to Omega Air, U.S.A.

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

Entered onto the U. S. Aircraft Register as N624RH - June 1, 2011

Registered to Omega Air Inc, San Antonio, Texas

Observed stored near the control tower - June 6, 2011

Observed undergoing maintenance at Richmond - June 28, 2011

Test flown at Richmond - October 22, 2011

Departed Richmond on delivery flight to United States as 'Omega 74' - October 23, 2011

Arrived Golden Isles Airport, Brunswick, Georgia at conclusion of delivery flight - October 25, 2011

Ferry route: Richmond - Pago Pago - Honolulu - Brunswick

Will undergo deep maintenance before entering service

 


 

VH-EAD. Qantas Australia - in the 'V-Jet' livery at Sydney Airport, circa 1968.

VH-EAD. Qantas Australia - in the 'V-Jet' livery at Sydney Airport, circa 1968.
VH-EAD. Qantas Australia - in the 'V-Jet' livery at Sydney Airport, circa 1968.

VH-EAD. Qantas Australia - in the 'V-Jet' livery at Sydney Airport, circa 1968.

VH-EAD. Qantas Australia - in the 'V-Jet' livery at Sydney Airport, circa 1968.
VH-EAD. Qantas Australia - in the 'V-Jet' livery at Sydney Airport, circa 1968.
 

VH-EAD. Qantas Australia - in the 'V-Jet' livery at Sydney Airport, circa 1968.

VH-EAD. Qantas Australia - in the 'V-Jet' livery at Sydney Airport, circa 1968.
 

VH-EAD. Qantas Australia - in the 'V-Jet' livery at Mexico City Airport, April 1969.

VH-EAD. Qantas Australia - in the modified 'V-Jet' livery at San Francisco Airport, August 1972.

VH-EAD. Qantas Australia - in the modified 'V-Jet' livery at Sydney Airport, January 1974.

VH-EAD. Qantas Australia - in the modified 'V-Jet' livery at Frankfurt Airport, date unknown.

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

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

VH-EAD. Qantas Australia - in the 'ochre' livery at Sydney Airport, December 1978.

VH-EAD. Qantas Australia - in the 'ochre' livery at Sydney Airport, November 1978.

VH-EAD. Qantas Australia - in the 'ochre' livery at Brisbane Airport, January 1979.

VH-EAD. Qantas Australia - in the 'ochre' livery at Brisbane Airport, January 1979.

VH-EAD. Qantas Australia - in the 'ochre' livery at Sydney Airport, January 1979.

VH-EAD. Qantas Australia - in the 'ochre' livery at Sydney Airport, January 1979.

VH-EAD. Qantas Australia - in the 'ochre' livery at Sydney Airport, January 1979.

VH-EAD. Qantas Australia - in the 'ochre' livery at Sydney Airport, January 1979.

VH-EAD. Qantas Australia - in the 'ochre' livery at Sydney Airport, January 1979.

A20-624. Royal Australian Air Force - in the original livery at Sydney Airport, September 1979.

A20-624. Royal Australian Air Force - in the original livery at Sydney Airport, November 1979.

A20-624. Royal Australian Air Force - in the original livery at RAAF Richmond, May 1983.

A20-624. Royal Australian Air Force - in the modified livery at Tucson Airport, June 1985.

A20-624. R.A.A.F. - in the original livery with grey underside at Denver Airport, date unknown.

A20-624. Royal Australian Air Force - in the final livery at Melbourne Airport, February 1999.
 

A20-624. R.A.A.F. - in low-viz livery with special fuselage titles at Brisbane Airport, February 2008.

A20-624. R.A.A.F. - in low-viz livery with special tail titles at Brisbane Airport, February 2008.