VH-EBA. Boeing 707-138. c/n 17696-29. Was also registered as: VH-XBA.


 

This was the first of seven Boeing 707-138s ordered new by Qantas Empire Airways Lyd - 1958

Rolled off the Boeing production line as Renton, Washington - February 11, 1959

First flown as N31239 - March 20, 1959

Powered by Pratt & Whitney JT3C-6 engines producing 13,500 pounds of thrust

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-EBA - June 7, 1959

Registered to Qantas Empire Airways Ltd, Sydney

Accepted by Captain K. G. Jackson (Chief Pilot) for Qantas at Seattle - July 16, 1959

Departed Seattle on delivery flight to Australia - July 17, 1959

Arrived Sydney at conclusion of delivery flight - July 20, 1959

Ferry route: Seattle - San Francisco - Honolulu - Nadi - Sydney

Flight crew: Capts K.G. Jackson, A.E. Yates, I. Ralfe, F. Fox

The elapsed flight time was 18 hours 34 minutes

Was planned to name this aircraft 'City of Canberra' but the name was changed to 'City of Melbourne' before delivery

Departed Sydney on proving flight to San Francisco - New York as EM774P/775P-005 - August 19, 1959

Operated first revenue service Sydney - San Francisco as EM774-008 - August 29, 1959

Operated inaugural Sydney - Nadi - Honolulu - San Francisco - New York - London service - September 5, 1959

Operated inaugural Sydney - Vancouver jet service - September 11, 1959

Returned to Boeing for conversion to 707-138B standard - August 1, 1961

Fitted with new Pratt & Whitney JT3D-1 engines with 17,500 pounds thrust

Returned to Qantas on completion of conversion - September 12, 1961

Repainted in Sydney with new 'V-Jet' livery - September 16, 1961

Operated inaugural 707-138B Sydney - Vancouver service - September 29, 1961

Operated inaugural 707-138B Sydney - Tokyo service - December 5, 1961

Operated inaugural 707-138B Sydney - Hong Kong service - February 24, 1963

Operated inaugural 707-138B Sydney - Singapore service - November 22, 1963

Flew Sydney - Melbourne in 38 minutes 25 seconds to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the first

Australian Air Mail flight - July 18, 1964

Operated the inaugural Sydney - Christchurch Boeing 707 service - April 16, 1965

Operated the inaugural Sydney - Auckland Boeing 707 service - November 24, 1965

Operated final revenue service Sydney - Auckland - Sydney - August 25, 1967

Test flown Sydney - Sydney after Block A overhaul in preparation for sale - September 27, 1967

Sold to Pacific Western Airlines - October 1967

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - October 31, 1967

Aircraft had flown 25,373 hours

Entered onto the Canadian Aircraft Register as CF-PWV - November 1, 1967

Departed Sydney on delivery flight to Canada - November 3, 1967

Registered as C-FPWV - January 1, 1974

Withdrawn from use and stored at Vancouver - September 1978

Sold to Tiger Air - October 19, 1978

Entered onto the U. S. Aircraft Register as N138TA - October 25, 1978

Converted to executive configuration

Sold to Airmark Corporation - October 16, 1983

Reregistered as N220AM - September 1984

Registered to Community Transport Inc, San Antonio, Texas - January 1986

Registered as N138MJ - October 1986

Sold to Royal Saudi Air Force - September 17, 1987

Entered onto the Saudi Arabian Aircraft Register as HZ-123 - ?

Used by the Saudi Ambassador to the United States, Prince Bandar

Observed at Heathrow with '17696' on tail in place of Saudi registration marks - October 27, 1990

Observed at Heathrow with standard Saudi registration on tail - October 31, 1990

Placed in storage at Southend, England - September 30, 1999

Rolled out at Southend in ndw white livery with Saudi flag on the tail - October 29, 2000

Purchased by the Qantas Founderation Memorial Ltd - June 28, 2006

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-XBA - July 7, 2006

Registered to Qantas Foundation Memorial, Longreach, Queensland

Carried out 3 hour test flight from Southend following restoration by volunteer group - December 2, 2006

Departed Southend on ferry flight to Australia - December 8, 2006

Arrived Sydney at conclusion of ferry flight - December 16, 2006

Ferry route: Southend - Dublin - Tennerife - Bermuda - Orlando - Los Angeles - Honolulu - Nadi - Sydney

Flight crew: Captains M. Warfield, R. Walter, B. Phoebe: Flight Engineers H. Hermans, J. Plemenuk

Cabin Supervisor: K. Glass

Departed Sydney on ferry flight to the Qantas Founders Outback Museum, Longreach - June 10, 2007

This was its final flight and on landing it had flown 61,909 hours 4 minutes and completed 23,618 cycles

Deccommissioned at Longreach - June 18, 2007

On public display at the Qantas Founders Outback Museum

 


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VH-EBA. Qantas - the first section of the fuselage is fabricated for aircraft # 1at Seattle, 1958.

VH-EBA. Qantas - the centre fuselage barrel awaiting mating with the wings at Seattle, 1958.

VH-EBA. Qantas - the cockpit takes shape in its jig at Seattle, 1958.

VH-EBA. Qantas - construction of the wing leading edge at the Boeing Factory, Seattle, 1958.

VH-EBA. Qantas - construction of the wing centre section at the Boeing Factory, Seattle, 1958.
VH-EBA. Qantas - construction of the wing at the Boeing Factory, Seattle, 1958.

VH-EBA. Qantas - Qantas Engineers examine to port wing before it joins the assembly line at Seattle, 1958.

VH-EBA. Qantas - the wing and fuselage centre section in the jigs at Seattle, 1958.

VH-EBA. Qantas - the forward fuselage barrel on the production line at Seattle, 1958.

VH-EBA. Qantas - the nose section has now been mated with the forward fuselage barrel at Seattle, 1958.

VH-EBA. Qantas - the centre section barrel is now joined to the wing centre section at Seattle, 1958.

VH-EBA. Qantas - the centre section barrel is now joined to the wing centre section at Seattle, 1958.

VH-EBA. Qantas - the port undercarriage bay being fitted out on the production line at Seattle, 1958.

VH-EBA. Qantas - the forward fuselage being joined to the centre section at Seattle, 1958.

VH-EBA. Qantas - the competed fuselage on the production line at Seattle, 1958.

VH-EBA. Qantas - the competed fuselage on the production line at Seattle, 1958.

VH-EBA. Qantas - the cockpit slowly comes together during the fitout at Seattle, 1958.

VH-EBA. Qantas - the cockpit slowly comes together during the fitout at Seattle, 1958.

VH-EBA. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - on the production line at Seattle, 1958.

VH-EBA. Qantas - the first aircraft being fitted out on the production line at Seattle, 1958.
VH-EBA. Qantas - with tail and engines now fitted on the production line at Seattle, 1958.
 

 

VH-EBA. Qantas - work being carried out on the tail section on the production line at Seattle, 1958.

 

VH-EBA. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - the staged rollout at Seattle, March 4, 1959.

VH-EBA. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - the staged rollout at Seattle, March 4, 1959.

VH-EBA. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - the staged rollout at Seattle, March 4, 1959.

VH-EBA. Qantas - the resident Qantas Engineers pose in front of the aircraft, March 4, 1959.

VH-EBA. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - the staged rollout at Seattle, March 4, 1959.

VH-EBA. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - the staged rollout at Seattle, March 4, 1959.

VH-EBA. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - the staged rollout at Seattle, March 4, 1959.

VH-EBA. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - the staged rollout at Seattle, March 4, 1959.

VH-EBA. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - the staged rollout at Seattle, March 4, 1959.

VH-EBA. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - the staged rollout at Seattle, March 4, 1959.

VH-EBA. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - the staged rollout at Seattle, March 4, 1959.

VH-EBA. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - the staged rollout at Seattle, March 4, 1959.
 

VH-EBA. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - close-up view of the original tail at Seattle, March 4, 1959.

N31239. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - during test flying over Washington State, March 1959.

 

N31239. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - during a test flight over Washington State, March 1959.

N31239. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - during a test flight over Washington State, March 1959.

N31239. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - during a test flight over Washington State, March 1959.

N31239. Qantas - the flight crew in training receiving some advice at Seattle, March 1959.

N31239. Qantas - the flight crew in training receiving some advice at Seattle, March 1959.

N31239. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - completes another sortie at Seattle, March 1959.

N31239. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - certification flight with 5th engine at Seattle.

N31239. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - during test flying over Washington State, March-June 1959.

N31239. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - during test flying over Washington State, March-June 1959.

N31239. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - during test flying over Washington State, March-June 1959.

N31239. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - during test flying over Washington State, March-June 1959.

N31239. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - during test flying over Washington State, March-June 1959.

N31239. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - during test flying over Washington State, March-June 1959.

N31239. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - during test flying over Washington State, March-June 1959.

VH-EBA. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - on the flightline at Seattle awaiting delivery, July 1959.

VH-EBA. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - in the original livery, location & date unknown.

VH-EBA. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - Capt A.A.E. Yates in the cockpit at Sydney Airport.

VH-EBA. Qantas - the inaugural Sydney-London via USA service at Sydney Airport, September 5, 1959.

VH-EBA. Qantas - the inaugural Sydney-London via USA service at Sydney Airport, September 5, 1959.

VH-EBA. Qantas - the inaugural Sydney-Vancouver service at Sydney Airport, September 11, 1959.

VH-EBA. Qantas - the inaugural Sydney-Vancouver service at Sydney Airport, September 11, 1959.

VH-EBA. Qantas - the inaugural Sydney-Vancouver service leaving Sydney Airport, September 11, 1959.

VH-EBA. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - in the original livery at Sydney Airport, date unknown.

VH-EBA. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - in the original livery at Nadi Airport, 1959.

VH-EBA. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - at San Francisco Airport, February 1960.

VH-EBA. Qantas - with the 40th Anniversary tail logo, location & date unknown.

VH-EBA. Qantas - with the 40th Anniversary tail logo at New York, August 1960.

VH-EBA. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - in the original livery at Sydney Airport, date unknown.

VH-EBA. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - in the original livery at Sydney Airport, date unknown.

VH-EBA. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - in the first 'V-Jet' livery at Sydney Airport, September 1961.

VH-EBA. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - in the first 'V-Jet' livery, location & date unknown.

VH-EBA. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - in the first 'V-Jet' livery, location & date unknown.

VH-EBA. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - in the first 'V-Jet' livery, location & date unknown.

VH-EBA. Qantas - the inaugural V-Jet service to Auckland at Sydney Airport, November 24, 1965.

VH-EBA. Qantas - the inaugural V-Jet service to Auckland at Sydney Airport, November 24, 1965.

VH-EBA. Qantas - the inaugural V-Jet service to Auckland at Sydney Airport, November 24, 1965.

VH-EBA. Qantas - the inaugural V-Jet service to Auckland at Sydney Airport, November 24, 1965.

VH-EBA. Qantas - the inaugural V-Jet service to Auckland over Auckland, November 24, 1965.

VH-EBA. Qantas - the inaugural V-Jet service to Auckland over Auckland, November 24, 1965.

VH-EBA. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - in the last livery at Sydney Airport, circa 1965.

VH-EBA. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - in the last livery at Sydney Airport, circa 1966.
VH-EBA. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - in the last livery at Sydney Airport, January 1967.

VH-EBA. Qantas - 'blue ribbon' service experienced by First Class passengers on 707 services, circa 1961.

VH-EBA. Qantas - 'blue ribbon' service experienced by First Class passengers on 707 services, circa 1961.

VH-EBA. Qantas - 'blue ribbon' service experienced by First Class passengers on 707 services, circa 1961.

VH-EBA. Qantas - 'blue ribbon' service experienced by First Class passengers on 707 services, circa 1961.

VH-EBA. Qantas - 'blue ribbon' service experienced by First Class passengers on 707 services, circa 1961.

VH-EBA. Qantas - Economy Class passengers enjoy great service on 707 services, circa 1961.
 

VH-EBA. Qantas - Economy Class passengers enjoy great service on 707 services, circa 1961.

VH-EBA. Qantas - undertaking a test flight prior to sale at Sydney Airport, September 1967.

 

CF-PWV. Pacific Western - in the original livery prior to delivery at Sydney Airport, November 1967.

CF-PWV. Pacific Western - in the original livery, location unknown, June 1968.

CF-PWV. Pacific Western - in the original livery at unknown airport, July 1971.

CF-PWV. Pacific Western - in the new livery at unknown airport, October 1973.

C-FPWV. Pacific Western - in the revised livery at unknown airport, June 1978.

C-FPWV. Pacific Western - in the revised livery, location and date unknown.

N138TA. Tiger Air - in the full livery with no titles or logo at unknown location, May 1980.

N138TA. Tiger Air - in the full livery with no titles or logo at Paris, June 1981.

N220MA. Airmark Corporation - in Tiger Air livery with no titles or logo, November 1984.

HZ-123. Saudi Government - in the VIP livery with no titles or logo, September 1990.

HZ-123. Saudi Government - in the VIP livery with no titles or logo at Geneva, April 1991.

HZ-123. Saudi Government - in the revised VIP livery at Southend Airport, June 1993.
 

VH-XBA. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - in the white livery at Southend Airport, September 2006.

 

 

VH-XBA. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - in the original livery at Southend Airport, November 2006.

VH-XBA. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - in the original livery at Southend Airport, December 2006.

VH-XBA. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - in the original livery at Southend Airport, December 2006.

VH-XBA. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - in the original livery at Southend Airport, December 2006.

VH-XBA. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - in the original livery at Southend Airport, December 2006.
VH-XBA. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - in the original livery at Albion Park Airport, June 7, 2007.

VH-XBA. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - in the original livery at Albion Park Airport, June 7, 2007.

VH-XBA. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - in the original livery at Canberra Airport, June 7, 2007.

VH-XBA. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - in the original livery at Canberra Airport, June 7, 2007.
 
VH-XBA. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - in the original livery at Longreach Airport, July 2009.