VH-EBQ. Boeing 707-338C. c/n 18953-443.


 

Rolled off the Boeing production line at Renton - July 28, 1965

First flown at Renton as VH-EBQ - September 7, 1965

Accepted by Qantas at Seattle - September 15, 1965

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-EBQ - September 16, 1965

Registered to Qantas Empire Airways Ltd

Aircraft was named 'City of Ballarat'

Departed Seattle on delivery flight to Australia - September 16, 1965

Arrived Sydney at conclusion of delivery flight at 16:54 hours - September 18, 1965

Operated first revenue service Sydney - Nadi (Fiji) - October 14, 1965

Arrived at Ontario, California for modification work by Lockheed Air Service - April 20, 1966

Departed Sydney for Mexico City, thence to Boeing Wichita for modification - April 2, 1967

Returned to Sydney following completion of modifications - May 4, 1967

Operated the inaugural Sydney - London service via Southern Cross Route as QF530 - October 1, 1969

Rolled out in the new orche livery at Sydney - December 10, 1971

Operated final revenue service Christchurch - Melbourne - Christchurch - Sydney - January 28, 1974

Withdrawn from use and prepared for sale to Malaysian Airline System

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - February 1, 1974

Aircraft had flown 28,792:08 hours with 10,443 cycles

Entered onto the Malaysian Aircraft Register as 9M-ASQ - February 21, 1974

Registered to Malyasian Airline System

Sold to Malaysian Airline System - February 22, 1974

Accepted by MAS at Sydney following test flight using trade plate VH-PTF - February 22, 1974

Departed Sydney on delivery flight to Kuala Lumpur in full Malaysian livery - February 23, 1974

Reregistered 9M-MCQ - June 29, 1975

Operated final Malaysian revenue service Kuala Lumpur - Frankfurt - February 14, 1980

Sold to Somali Airlines - February 29, 1980

Cancelled from the Malaysian Aircraft Register - ?

Entered onto the Somali Aircraft Register as 6O-SBM - ?

Overhaulled at Hamburg before departing on delivery to Mogadishu - April 1, 1980

Sold to Jet Avionics System, Miami, Florida - March 15, 1985

Ferried Mogadishu - Hamburg for storage - May 9, 1985

Sold to Omega Air - May 21, 1985

Ferried Hamburg - Shannon, Ireland for storage in full Somali livery - May 31, 1985

Stored at Shannon in full Somali livery without engines - October 1985

Entered onto the U. S. Aircraft Register as N342A - December 1985

Reregistered to Omega Air Inc, Washington

Sold to Boeing Military Airplane Company, Wichita for spares to support KC-135s - February 4, 1986

Registered to Boeing Military Airplane Company, Wichita, Kansas - March 1986

Ferried Shannon - Stansted, England - March 2, 1986

Arrived at Davis Monthan AFB, Arizona for parting out - April 2, 1986

Cancelled from the U. S. Aircraft Register - May 1986

Noted at Davis Monthan totally parted out with remains sitting on trestles - March 30, 1999

 


 

VH-EBQ. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - in the 'V-Jet' livery at Gatwick Airport, August 1966.

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

VH-EBQ. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - in the 'V-Jet' livery at Mexico City Airport, June 1968.
   

VH-EBQ. Qantas Australia - in the final livery at Perth Airport, December 1973.

   

9M-ASQ. Malaysian Airline System - in the original livery at Sydney Airport, June 1975.

9M-MCQ. Malaysian Airline System - in the original livery at Taipei Airport, date unknown.

9M-MCQ. Malaysian Airline System - in the original livery at Melbourne Airport, January 1979.

9M-MCQ. Malaysian Airline System - in the original livery at Sydney Airport, January 1979.

6O-SBM. Somali Airlines - in the full livery at Hamburg Airport, March 1980.

6O-SBM. Somali Airlines - in the full livery at Frankfurt Airport, May 1982.