VH-EAI. Boeing 707-338C. c/n 19629-737.


 

Rolled off the Boeing production line at Renton - July 8, 1968

First flown at Renton as VH-EAI - August 12, 1968

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-EAI - August 22, 1968

Registered to Qantas Airways Ltd

Accepted by Qantas at Seattle - August 22, 1968

Departed Seattle on delivery flight to Australia - August 22, 1968

Arrived Sydney at conclusion of delivery flight 1604 hours - August 25, 1968

Delivery route: Seattle - Honolulu - Nadi - Sydney

Aircraft was named 'City of Darwin'

Operated first revenue service Sydney - San Francisco - September 9, 1968

Aircraft was renamed 'Kalgoorlie' - April 16, 1974

Operated final revenue service Sydney - Hong Kong - Sydney - November 6, 1975

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - November 7, 1975

Aircraft had flown 26,568 hours with 9,323 cycles

Sold to British Caledonian - November 8, 1975

Entered onto the British Aircraft Register as G-BDLM - November 7, 1975

Aircraft was named 'County of Lanark'

Departed Sydney for Hong Kong to be overhaulled - November 9, 1975

Aircraft was renamed 'Loch Fyne'

Sold to Worldways Canada - January 20, 1982

Entered onto the Canadian Aircraft Register as C-GGAB - ?

Departed Gatwick on delivery flight to Toronto, Canada - January 28, 1982

Operated final Worldways revenue service Acapulco - Toronto - May 2, 1983

Sold to Royal Australian Air Force

Cancelled from the Canadian Aircraft Register - June 1983

Accepted by R.A.A.F. at Toronto, Canada - June 17, 1983

Entered onto the Australian Military Aircraft Register as A20-629

Departed Toronto on delivery to flight to Australia as A20-629 - June 18, 1983

Arrived RAAF Base Richmond at conclusion of delivery flight - June 22, 1983

Delivery route: Toronto - Hickam A.F.B. Hawaii - Sydney

Delivered in basic Worldways livery with white tail with RAAF titles and roundels

Overhaulled by Qantas at Sydney Airport before entering RAAF service

Aircraft was named 'City of Sydney'

In service with 33 Squadron

Converted to tanker configuration

Had flown 58,053 hours as of November 19, 2001

Retired from Royal Australian Air Force service at RAAF Richmond - November 1, 2007

Aircraft had flown 60,283 hours with 10,395 hours with the R.A.A.F.

Placed in open storage at R.A.A.F. 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 N629RH - June 2, 2011

Registered to Omega Air Inc, San Antonio, Texas

Observed stored near the control tower at R.A.A.F. Richmond - June 6, 2011

Underwent engine testing - October 1, 2011

Test flown at Richmond - October 22, 2011

Departed Richmond on delivery flight to United States as 'Omega 79' - October 23, 2011

Arrived San Antonio, Texas at conclusion of delivery flight - October 25, 2011

Ferry route: Richmond - Pago Pago - Honolulu - San Ontonio

Will undergo deep maintenance at San Antonio before entering service

New re-fueling boom and updated avionics will be incorporated during maintenance

 


 

VH-EAI. Qantas Australia - in the modified 'V-Jet' livery at Sydney Airport, circa 1971.

VH-EAI. Qantas Australia - in the modified 'V-Jet' livery at Sydney Airport, circa 1971.

VH-EAI. Qantas Australia - in the modified 'V-Jet' livery at Mexico City Airport, April 1971.

VH-EAI. Qantas Australia - in the modified 'V-Jet' livery at London Airport, May 1971.

VH-EAI. Qantas Australia - in the 'ochre' livery at Sydney Airport, August 1975.

VH-EAI. Qantas Australia - in the 'ochre' livery at Melbourne Airport, April 1976.

G-BDLM. British Caledonian - in the original livery at unknown airport, July 1978.

G-BDLM. British Caledonian - in the modified livery at London Airport, April 1981.
G-BDLM. British Caledonian - in the modified livery at Manchester Airport, December 1981.

C-GGAB. Worldways Canada - in the full livery at Toronto Airport, April 1982.

C-GGAB. Worldways Canada - in the full livery at Toronto Airport, August 1982.

A20-629. Royal Australian Air Force - in basic Worldways livery at Toronto Airport, June 1983.

A20-629. Royal Australian Air Force - in basic Worldways livery at Melbourne Airport, July 1983.

A20-629. Royal Australian Air Force - in the grey underside livery at Sydney Airport, January 1985.

A20-629. Royal Australian Air Force - in the full livery at Melbourne Airport, September 1987.
 

A20-629. Royal Australian Air Force - in the full livery at Melbourne Airport, February 1988.

A20-629. Royal Australian Air Force - in tanker configuration at Melbourne Airport, January 1990.