VH-EBG. Boeing 707-138. c/n 17702-64.

 

Rolled off the Boeing production line at Seattle (Renton) as a 707-138 - July 24, 1959

First flown as 'VH-EBG' at Renton - September 08, 1959

Accepted by L. Leishman for Qantas Airways at Seattle (Renton) - September 18, 1959

This was the 7th Boeing airliner delivered new to Qantas Airways

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-EBG - September 19, 1959

Registered to Qantas Empire Airways Ltd, Sydney

Departed Seattle (Renton) on the delivery flight to Australia - September 21, 1959

Arrived Sydney (17:50 local) on completion of the delivery flight carrying fifth engine pod - September 24, 1959

Flight time: 32 hours 47 minutes

The aircraft was named 'City of Hobart'

Operated first revenue service Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - San Francisco - October 06, 1959

Operated inaugural Brisbane - London service via the Kangaroo Route - October 29, 1959

Departed Sydney (Kingsford Smith) on return to Boeing for conversion to 707-138B standard - November 19, 1961

Returned to Qantas at Seattle (Renton) on completion of the conversion - January 10, 1962

Ferried Seattle - Vancouver - January 12, 1962

Returned to service Vancouver - Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - January 13, 1962

Underwent repaint of fin and rudder to new 'V-Jet' livery at Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - January 15 to 19, 1962

Performed a flypast at the Albury Air Show enroute to Melbourne (Avalon) - Sydney - September 11, 1964

Operated inaugural 707 Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - Hong Kong service - December 02, 1964

Operated final revenue service Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - Auckland - Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - January 31, 1968

Withdrawn from use and stored at Sydney (Kingsford Smith) Airport

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - March 08, 1968

Entered onto the British Aircraft Register as G-AWDG (CofR 10057/1) - March 08, 1968

Registered to British Eagle International Airlines Ltd, London

Departed Sydney (Kingsford Smith) on the ferry flight to British Eagle in the standard livery - March 13, 1968

Arrived London (Heathrow) on completion of the ferry flight - March 15, 1968

Registered to British Eagle Aviation Limited, Nottingham (CofR R10057/2) - March 19, 1968

The aircraft was named 'Phoenix'

Utilised on inclusive tour charters from the United Kingdom to the Caribbean

Stored at London (Stansted) when British Eagle ceased operations due to bankruptcy - November 06, 1968

Sold to Laker Airways - January 13, 1969

Registered to Laker Airways (International) Limited, London (CofR 10057/3) - January 14, 1969

Delivered to Laker Airways, England - January 29, 1969

Operated in the standard Laker livery with 'International Caribbean' titles - 1978

Leased to Libyan Arab Airlines - October 1978

Returned to Laker Airways on termination of the lease - November 1978

Withdrawn from service and stored - ?

Cancelled from the British Aircraft Register - November 10, 1978

Sold to Charlotte Aircraft Corp - December 08, 1978

Sold to IASCO - December 1978

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N600JJ - December 1978

Registered to International Air Services Corp

Delivered to Page Avjet, Orlando, Florida for storage and subsequent refurbishment - December 1978

Sold to Trafalgar Leasing - October 10, 1979

Leased to Sheikh Abdullah Baroom as the registered operator - January 1980

Observed at Paris (Le Bourget) in the basic Laker livery - April 20, 1980

Observed at Paris (Le Bourget) in a green-white-gold livery for Sheikh A. Baroom - April 14, 1981

Sold to Aviation Management Consortium, Saudi Arabia - June 01, 1987

Registered to Skyways Aircraft Leasing inc, Texas - August 17, 1987

The aircraft was repainted in an all-white livery at London (Luton) - November 1987

Reregistered as N707KS - December 12, 1987

Registered to Aviation Management Consortium

Registered to First City Bank, Houston, Texas - April 1990

Damaged whilst landing at Ellington Field, Houton, Texas - May 30, 1990

Repaired and returned to service

Reregistered as N707SK - April 1992

Registered to First City Bank, Houston, Texas

The aircraft was repossessed by First City Bank, Houston, Texas - November 19, 1992

Released to Prince Bandar - 1994

Sold to Mid East Jet Inc - June 1996

The aircraft had flown 58,918 hour to date

Sold to Republique du Congo - March 1998

Cancelled from the United States Aircraft Register - May 27, 1998

Entered onto the Zaire Aircraft Register as 9Q-CLK - ?

Owned by Hewa Bora Airways, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Observed at Lanseria, South Africa for cabin refurbishment by FAAircraft - August 20, 2007

Cabin refurbishment completed - September 25, 2007

To view images of cabin refurbishment click 'HERE'

Reported as being impounded at Lanseria with several parties taking legal action against owners - September 2007

The aircraft departed Lanseria - November 01, 2007

This aircraft was reported to be used by the President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo for international trips

Between 3 to 6 international journeys are made each year

Aircraft crewed by Hewa Bora Airways most senior captains who normally fly their Boeing 767 aircraft

Flown to Miami for overhaul - August 01, 2010

Observed at Miami in company with HBA Boeing 767 9Q-COG - November 24, 2010

Observed at Miami without engines in pseudo 'Boeing Dreamliner' livery with '707' tail titles - January 10, 2011

Observed at Miami being prepared for return to owners - November 2012

Departed Miami on the ferry flight to the Kinshasa, DRC via Natal - Accra - January 26, 2013

Currently flying with the Democratic Republic of the Congo

 

VH-EBG. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - 'City of Hobart' in the original livery at Seattle Renton Airport, September 21, 1959.

(Qantas Heritage Collection Copyright Image 4605-234.)

VH-EBG. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - 'City of Hobart' in the original livery at Seattle Renton Airport, September 21, 1959.

(Qantas Heritage Collection Copyright Image 4604-963.)

VH-EBG. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - 'City of Hobart' in the original livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, circa 1961.

(Qantas Heritage Collection Copyright Image 4604-957.)

VH-EBG. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - 'City of Hobart' in the original livery with additional '40th Anniversary' tail titles at Melbourne Essendon Airport, August 1961.

(G. Bennett Collection Copyright Image 4604-394.)

VH-EBG. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - 'City of Hobart' in the revised 'V-Jet' livery at Mexico City Airport, June 1965.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4604-127.)

G-AWDG. British Eagle - 'Phoenix' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, March 1968.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4604-101.)

G-AWDG. British Eagle - 'Phoenix' in the standard livery at London Gatwick Airport, September 21, 1968.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4605-348.)

G-AWDG. British Eagle - 'Phoenix' in the standard livery at London Stansted Airport, December 1968.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4604-154.)

G-AWDG. Laker - in the standard livery at Zurich Airport, May 1969.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4605-323.)

G-AWDG. Laker - in the standard livery at London Gatwick Airport, May 1969.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4605-324.)

G-AWDG. Laker - in the standard livery at London Gatwick Airport, October 1971.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4604-397.)

G-AWDG. Laker - in the standard livery at Paris Orly Airport, August 1972.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4604-150.)

G-AWDG. Laker - in the standard livery at an unknown location, December 1972.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4604-383.)

G-AWDG. Laker - in the standard livery at London Gatwick Airport, September 1975.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4604-813.)

G-AWDG. Laker - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, March 1977.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4605-356.)

G-AWDG. Laker - in the standard livery at London Stansted Airport, September 1978.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4604-188.)

N600JJ. Trafalgar Leasing - in the basic Laker livery at Paris le Bourget Airport, May 1980.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4604-149.)

N600JJ. Sheikh A. Baroom - in the gold livery with small titles at Paris le Bourget Airport, September 1982.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4604-148.)

N600JJ. Sheikh A. Baroom - in the gold livery with small titles at Paris le Bourget Airport, September 1984.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4605-325.)

N600JJ. Sheikh A. Baroom - in the revised livery with small titles at an unknown airport, May 1985.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4604-146.)

N600JJ. Sheikh A. Baroom - in the revised livery with small titles at an unknown airport, September 1985.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4604-234.)

N707KS. Skyways Aircraft Leasing - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, January 1988.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4605-349.)

N707KS. Skyways Aircraft Leasing - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, May 1988.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4604-233.)

N707SK. Skyways Aircraft Leasing - in the modified livery at an unknown airport, May 1992.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4604-232.)

N707SK. Skyways Aircraft Leasing - in the modified livery at an unknown airport, June 1993.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4604-411.)

9Q-CLK. Republique du Congo - in the standard livery at Johannesburg Airport, August 2007.

(I. Malcolm Copyright Image 4604-617.)

9Q-CLK. Republique du Congo - in the standard livery at Johannesburg Airport, August 2007.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4605-381.)

9Q-CLK. Republique du Congo - in the 'Boeing Dreamliner' style livery at Miami Airport, January 2011.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4605-326.)

9Q-CLK. Republique du Congo - in the 'Boeing Dreamliner' style livery at Miami Airport, January 2012.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4605-327.)

9Q-CLK. Republique du Congo - in the 'Boeing Dreamliner' style livery at Miami Airport, March 2012.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4605-328.)

9Q-CLK. Republique du Congo - in the 'Boeing Dreamliner' style livery at Miami Airport, October 2012.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4605-329.)

9Q-CLK. Republique du Congo - in the 'Boeing Dreamliner' style livery at Miami Airport, November 2012.

(L. Cordero Copyright Image 4605-342.)

9Q-CLK. Republique du Congo - in the 'Boeing Dreamliner' style livery at Miami Airport, January 26, 2013.

(J. Pries Copyright Image 4605-347.)

9Q-CLK. Republique du Congo - in the 'Boeing Dreamliner' style livery at Miami Airport, February 2013.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4605-382.)