VH-EBE. Boeing 707-138. c/n 17700-59.

 

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

Rolled off the Boeing production line at Renton as a Boeing 707-138 - July 02, 1959

First flown - August 13, 1959

Accepted by L. Leishman for Qantas Empire Airways at Seattle - August 24, 1959

This was the 5th Boeing airliner delivered new to Qantas Airways

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-EBE - September 04, 1959

Registered to Qantas Empire Airways Ltd, Sydney

Departed Seattle on the delivery flight to Australia - September 16, 1959

Arrived Sydney (Kingsford Smith) at 07:19 local on completion of the delivery flight - September 17, 1959

Aircraft was observed at Melbourne (Avalon) without a name or city 'Coat of Arms' - September 1959

Aircraft was named 'City of Perth'

Departed Sydney (Kingsford Smith) at 09:00 local the proving flight to London via the Middle East - October 09, 1959

Arrived Sydney (Kingsford Smith) at 08:00 local having completed the London proving flight - October 24, 1959

Operated the inuagural Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - London (Heathrow) service via Kangaroo Route - October 27, 1959

Aircraft departed Sydney at 13:10 local under the command of Captain R. Bruce

Route: Sydney - Darwin - Singapore - Bangkok - Calcutta - Karachi - Bahrain - Cairo - Rome - London

 

 

Established a flight record San Francisco - New York of 4 hours 33 minutes - June 01, 1960

Flight crew: Captain A. A. E. Yates, M. Bamman, L. Richardson; F/O R. S. Bee, W. Court; F/E G. Bacon

Departed Sydney (Kingsford Smith) with Australian Olympic Team for Rome - August 18, 1960

Departed Sydney (Kingsford Smith) on return to Boeing for conversion to 707-138B standard - October 18, 1961

Accepted by Qantas at completion of the conversion at Seattle - November 30, 1961

Arrived Sydney (Kingsford Smith) on completion of the ferry flight - December 04, 1961

New 'V-Jet' livery applied to fin and rudder at Sydney - December 05 to 07, 1961

Returned to service Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - London (Heathrow) via Kangaroo Route - December 08, 1961

Operated inaugural Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - Perth - London (Heathrow) service - February 01, 1962

Operated the first direct Brisbane - Singapore service - April 06, 1962

Positioned Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - Christchurch for Royal Tour taking 2 hours 19 minutes - February 17, 1963

This was the first Boeing 707 to visit New Zealand

Departed Christchurch for Sydney with HRH Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip - February 18, 1963

Operated as the official aircraft for the Royal Tour

Established a record flight time on the Sydney - Brisbane route of 46 minutes - July 19, 1963

Departed Sydney (Kingsford Smith) at 15:00 local on its final revenue service - February 16, 1968

Route: Sydney - San Francisco - Sydney

Withdrawn from use and stored at Sydney (Kingsford Smith) Airport - February 1968

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - May 01, 1968

Aircraft had flown 26,203 hours to date

Sold to International Aerodyne for lease to Standard Airways - May 15, 1968

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N793SA - May 1968

Departed Sydney (Kingsford Smith) at 11:15 local on the ferry flight to United States - May 15, 1968

Leased to Pacific Western Airlines - July 20, 1969

Entered onto the Canadian Aircraft Register as CF-PWW - July 20, 1969

Returned to Standard Airways on termination of the lease - May 01, 1971

Cancelled from the Canadian Aircraft Register - May 01, 1971

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N793SA - May 01, 1971

Leased to Alaska Airlines - May 01 to September 30, 1971

Leased to Bahamas World Airlines - November 18, 1971

Cancelled from the United States Aircraft Register - November 18, 1971

Entered onto Bahamas Aircraft Register as VP-BDE - November 18, 1971

Returned to Standard Airways on termination of the lease - August 08, 1974

Sold to National Aircraft Leasing - August 08, 1974

Entered onto United States Aircraft Register as N793NA - ?

Leased to Aero America - October 1975

Sub-leased to Egyptair - February to April, 1976

Sub-leased to Egyptair - June to October 1977

Withdrawn from use and stored at Seattle (Boeing Field) - February 1978

Sold to TAG Air - January 20, 1979

Sold to Boeing for spares for use in the KC-135 refurbishment program - April 24, 1983

Registered to Aviation Technical Support Inc, Waco, Texas - June 1983

Cancelled from the United States Aircraft Register - July 1983

Dismantled by National Aircraft at Tucson, Arizona - 1996

Parts used by company doing structural testing and fuel probe / wiring modifications - circa 2003

Remaining airframe scrapped at Tucson - March 2006

 

VH-EBE. Qantas - Capt Bruce accepts the mail for the inaugural flight at Sydney Airport, October 27, 1959.

VH-EBE. Qantas - the inaugural Sydney-London flight at Sydney Airport, October 27, 1959.

VH-EBE. Qantas - Capt Bruce being interviewed at Sydney Airport, October 27, 1959.

VH-EBE. Qantas - inaurugal Sydney-London flight departing Sydney Airport, October 27, 1959.

VH-EBE. Qantas - the crew of the record breaking flight at New York Airport, June 1960.

VH-EBE. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - in original livery at London Airport, date unknown.

VH-EBE. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - in original livery at Sydney Airport, July 1960.

VH-EBE. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - in original livery at Sydney Airport, July 1960.

VH-EBE. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - in the 'V-Jet' livery at Sydney Airport, February 1963.

VH-EBE. Qantas - being prepared for the Royal Tour at Sydney Airport, February 1963.

VH-EBE. Qantas - being prepared for the Royal Tour at Sydney Airport, February 1963.

VH-EBE. Qantas - being prepared for the Royal Tour at Sydney Airport, February 1963.

VH-EBE. Qantas - being prepared for the Royal Tour at Sydney Airport, February 1963.

VH-EBE. Qantas - being prepared for the Royal Tour at Sydney Airport, February 1963.

VH-EBE. Qantas - the Royal Flight arriving at Canberra Airport, February 1963.

VH-EBE. Qantas - the Qantas Royal Flight crew at Canberra Airport, February 1963.

VH-EBE. Qantas - the Queen takes the Royal Salute at Canberra Airport, February 1963.

VH-EBE. Qantas - the Queen inspects the troops at Canberra Airport, February 1963.

VH-EBE. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - 'V-Jet' livery at San Francisco Airport, March 1963.

VH-EBE. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - 'V-Jet' livery in flight, circa 1963.

VH-EBE. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - in the 'V-Jet' livery at Sydney Airport, circa 1963.
VH-EBE. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - in the 'V-Jet' livery at San Francisco Airport, September 1963.

VH-EBE. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - in the 'V-Jet' livery at Sydney Airport, circa 1964.

VH-EBE. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - in the modified 'V-Jet' livery at Sydney Airport, circa 1966.

VH-EBE. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - in the modified 'V-Jet' livery at Sydney Airport, circa 1966.
 

N793SA. Standard - full livery with modified titles at San Francisco Airport, December 1968.

N793SA. Standard - full livery with modified titles at San Francisco Airport, December 1968.

 

VP-BDE. Bahamas World - in the full livery at unknown airport, April 1972.

VP-BDE. Bahamas World - in the full livery at unknown airport, August 1972.

N793NA. Aeroamerica - in the full livery at Paris Airport, August 1977.