VH-EBH. Boeing 707-138B. c/n 18067-201.

 

The order for four new and improved aircraft was announced by Qantas - March 1960

Rolled off the Boeing production line at Renton as a 707-138B - March 10, 1961

First flown as N93134 - April 13, 1961

Accepted by R. Yates for Qantas Airways at Seattle - July 29, 1961

This was the eighth Boeing airliner delivered to Qantas Airways

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-EBH - July 30, 1961

Registered to Qantas Empire Airways Ltd, Sydney

Departed Seattle on the positioning flight to San Francisco (Captain A. A. E. Yates) - August 05, 1961

Operated first revenue service San Francisco - Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - August 05, 1961

Established record for Honolulu - Sydney sector (Captain E. Robinson) of 9 hours 40 minutes

Established record for Seattle - Sydney sector of 14 hours 36 minutes

Arrived Sydney (Kingsford Smith) on completion of the delivery flight - August 06, 1961

Delivery route: Seattle - San Francisco - Honolulu - Sydney

Aircraft was named 'City of Darwin'

Delivered in the interim livery but was repainted with the new 'V-Jet' tail livery soon after its arrival in Sydney

Operated the inaugural 707-138B service Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - Vancouver - September 01, 1961

Operated final revenue service Sydney - Christchurch - Sydney - June 30, 1968

Withdrawn from use and stored at Sydney (Kingsford Smith) Airport

Sold to British West Indian Airways Ltd (B.W.I.A.), Trinidad - August 21, 1969

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - September 18, 1969

Entered onto the Trinidad & Tobago Aircraft Register as 9Y-TDC - September 1969

Departed Sydney on the delivery flight to B.W.I.A. - September 28, 1969

Sustained serious damage when the nosewheel failed to lower for landing at Toronto, Canada - March 23, 1973

Advertised for sale by B.W.I.A. - April 1977

Withdrawn from use and stored at Port of Spain, Trinidad - November 18, 1977

Sold to Euro Air Financing - March 18, 1978

Entered onto the Cayman Islands Aircraft Register as VR-CAN - March 1978

Delivered to Ohio Air Center for VIP conversion and resale

Registered to Universal Leasing - 1978

Advertised for sale by Omni Aircraft Trading - August 1979

Leased to Air Guinee and flown with full titles for one week - September 1979

Returned to Euro Air Financing at Miami - September 28, 1979

Observed at Stansted Airport with Hughes International stickers - May 04, 1980

Observed stored at Stansted - August 1980

Observed in storage at Marana - September 23, 1981

Observed in storage at Marana - July 28, 1986

Observed in storage at Marana as cocooned and complete - February 21, 1992

Observed at Marana with wings and tail removed - March 05, 2005

Nose section observed being transported for incorporation into a simulator - January 21, 2008

 

VH-EBH. Qantas - on the production line at Seattle, 1961.

From left to right: Brian van de Water (resident Qantas Engineer); Jim McKean (Production Inspector); Trevor Ford (assistant Qantas Resident Engineer).

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VH-EBH. Qantas - on the production line at Seattle, 1961.

From left to right: Trevor Ford (assistant Qantas Resident Engineer); Jim McKean (Production Inspector); Brian van de Water (resident Qantas Engineer).

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VH-EBH. Qantas - on the production line at Seattle, 1961.

From left to right: Brian van de Water (resident Qantas Engineer); Jim McKean (Production Inspector); Trevor Ford (assistant Qantas Resident Engineer).

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VH-EBH. Qantas - on the production line at Seattle, 1961.

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N93134. Boeing - in the basic Qantas interim livery on the flight line at Seattle, April 13, 1961.

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N93134. Boeing - in the basic Qantas interim livery near Seattle, May 1961.

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N93134. Boeing - in the basic Qantas interim livery near Seattle, May 1961.

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N93134. Boeing - in the basic Qantas interim livery near Seattle, May 1961.

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N93134. Boeing - in the basic Qantas interim livery near Seattle, May 1961.

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VH-EBH. Qantas Australia - 'City of Darwin' in the interim livery over Washington State, July 1961.

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VH-EBH. Qantas Australia - 'City of Darwin' in the interim livery over Washington State, July 1961.

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VH-EBH. Qantas Australia - 'City of Darwin' in the interim livery over Washington State, July 1961.

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VH-EBH. Qantas Australia - 'City of Darwin' in the interim livery over Washington State, July 1961.

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VH-EBH. Qantas Australia - 'City of Darwin' in the interim livery over Washington State, July 1961.

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VH-EBH. Qantas Australia - 'City of Darwin' in the interim livery over Washington State, July 1961.

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VH-EBH. Qantas Australia - 'City of Darwin' in the interim livery over Washington State, July 1961.

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VH-EBH. Qantas Australia - 'City of Darwin' in the interim livery over Washington State, July 1961.

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VH-EBH. Qantas Australia - 'City of Darwin' in the interim livery over Washington State, July 1961.

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VH-EBH. Qantas Australia - 'City of Darwin' in the interim livery over Washington State, July 1961.

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VH-EBH. Qantas Australia - 'City of Darwin' in the interim livery over Washington State, July 1961.

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VH-EBH. Qantas Australia - 'City of Darwin' in the interim livery over Washington State, July 1961.

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VH-EBH. Qantas Australia - 'City of Darwin' in the interim livery over Washington State, July 1961.

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VH-EBH. Qantas Australia - 'City of Darwin' in the interim livery over Washington State, July 1961.

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VH-EBH. Qantas Australia - 'City of Darwin' in the interim livery over Washington State, July 1961.

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VH-EBH. Qantas Australia - 'City of Darwin' in the interim livery over Washington State, July 1961.

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VH-EBH. Qantas Australia - 'City of Darwin' in the interim livery over Washington State, July 1961.

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VH-EBH. Qantas Australia - 'City of Darwin' in the interim livery over Washington State, July 1961.

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VH-EBH. Qantas Australia - 'City of Darwin' in the interim livery over Washington State, July 1961.

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VH-EBH. Qantas Australia - 'City of Darwin' in the interim livery over Washington State, July 1961.

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VH-EBH. Qantas Australia - 'City of Darwin' in the interim livery over Washington State, July 1961.

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VH-EBH. Qantas Australia - 'City of Darwin' in the interim livery over Washington State, July 1961.

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VH-EBH. Qantas Australia - 'City of Darwin' in the interim livery over Washington State, July 1961.

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VH-EBH. Qantas Australia - 'City of Darwin' in the interim livery over Washington State, July 1961.

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VH-EBH. Qantas Australia - 'City of Darwin' in the interim livery over Washington State, July 1961.

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VH-EBH. Qantas Australia - 'City of Darwin' in the interim livery over Washington State, July 1961.

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VH-EBH. Qantas Australia - 'City of Darwin' in the interim livery over Washington State, July 1961.

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VH-EBH. Qantas Australia - 'City of Darwin' in the interim livery over Washington State, July 1961.

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VH-EBH. Qantas Australia - 'City of Darwin' in the interim livery over Washington State, July 1961.

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VH-EBH. Qantas Australia - 'City of Darwin' in the interim livery over Washington State, July 1961.

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VH-EBH. Qantas Australia - 'City of Darwin' in the interim livery over Washington State, July 1961.

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VH-EBH. Qantas Australia - 'City of Darwin' in the interim livery over Washington State, July 1961.

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VH-EBH. Qantas Australia - 'City of Darwin' in the interim livery over Washington State, July 1961.

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VH-EBH. Qantas Australia - 'City of Darwin' in the interim livery over Washington State, July 1961.

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VH-EBH. Qantas Australia - 'City of Darwin' in the interim livery over Washington State, July 1961.

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VH-EBH. Qantas Australia - 'City of Darwin' in the interim livery over Washington State, July 1961.

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VH-EBH. Qantas Australia - 'City of Darwin' in the interim livery over Washington State, July 1961.

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VH-EBH. Qantas Australia - 'City of Darwin' in the interim livery over Washington State, July 1961.

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VH-EBH. Qantas Australia - 'City of Darwin' in the interim livery over Washington State, July 1961.

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VH-EBH. Qantas Australia - 'City of Darwin' in the interim livery over Washington State, July 1961.

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VH-EBH. Qantas Australia - 'City of Darwin' in the interim livery over Washington State, July 1961.

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VH-EBH. Qantas Australia - 'City of Darwin' in the interim livery at Seattle Renton Airport, August 1961.

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VH-EBH. Qantas Australia - 'City of Darwin' in the interim livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, August 06, 1961.

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VH-EBH. Qantas Australia - 'City of Darwin' in the interim livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, August 06, 1961.

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VH-EBH. Qantas Australia - 'City of Darwin' in the interim livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, August 06, 1961. The crew pose beside the new aircraft.

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VH-EBH. Qantas Australia - 'City of Darwin' in the interim livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, August 06, 1961. The crew pose beside the new aircraft.

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VH-EBH. Qantas Australia - 'City of Darwin' in the interim livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, August 06, 1961. Over 10,000 people were present at the airport to inspect the new addition to the Qantas fleet, as it was open for public inspection.

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VH-EBH. Qantas Australia - 'City of Darwin' in the interim livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, August 06, 1961. Over 10,000 people visited the airport to inspect the new addition to the Qantas fleet, as it was open for public inspection.

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VH-EBH. Qantas Australia - 'City of Darwin' in the interim livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, August 06, 1961. The display engine had been used in a Qantas BE2e of 1921.

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VH-EBH. Qantas Australia - 'City of Darwin' in the interim livery at Melbourne Avalon Airport, circa 1961.

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VH-EBH. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - 'City of Darwin' in the original 'V-Jet' livery at an unknown location, circa 1961.

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VH-EBH. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - 'City of Darwin' in the final 'V-Jet' livery at Vancouver Pearson International Airport, December 1967.

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9Y-TDC. BWIA International - in the original livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, September 1969.

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9Y-TDC. BWIA International - in the original livery at Miami Airport, March 1970.

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9Y-TDC. BWIA International - in the original livery at Miami Airport, August 1970.

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9Y-TDC. BWIA International - in the original livery with additional 'The Airline of Trinidad & Tabago' titles at Athens Airport, September 1970.

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9Y-TDC. BWIA International - in the original livery with additional 'The Airline of Trinidad & Tabago' titles at Bahamas Airport, November 1971.

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9Y-TDC. BWIA International - in the original livery at Miami Airport, December 1976.

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VR-CAN. Air Guinea - in the Euro Air Financing livery at Miami Airport, September 1979.

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VR-CAN. Euro Air Financing - in the standard livery at Burbank Airport, November 1979.

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VR-CAN. Hughes International - in the Euro Air Financing livery at London Stansted Airport, May 1980.

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VR-CAN. Euro Air Financing - in the final livery at Marana Airport, January 1982.

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