VH-EBT. Boeing 707-338C. c/n 19293-546.

 

This aircraft was ordered new by Qantas Airways - ?

Rolled off the Boeing production line at Seattle - November 21, 1966

First flown at Renton as VH-EBT - December 29, 1966

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-EBT - January 27, 1967

Registered to Qantas Empire Airways Ltd, Sydney

The aircraft was named 'City of Bendigo'

Accepted by M. Mansill for Qantas Airways at Seattle - February 24, 1967

This was the 20th Boeing airliner delivered new to Qantas Airways

It was the 20th Boeing 707 delivered to Qantas Airways

Departed Seattle on delivery flight to Australia (Captain A. Stapleton) - February 26, 1967

Arrived Sydney (Kingsford Smith) on completion of the delivery flight at 11:17 hrs (local) - February 28, 1967

Delivery route: Seattle - Honolulu - Nadi - Sydney

Operated first revenue service (freighter) Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - Noumea - March 17, 1967

Departed Sydney (08:28 local) on the first scheduled flight into Melbourne (Tullamarine) Airport - July 01, 1970

Was first scheduled departure from Melbourne (17:01 local) Melbourne - San Francisco as QF530 - July 01, 1970

Flew Cyclone Tracey relief flight from Darwin carrying 246 passengers - December 29, 1974

Operated final revenue service Sydney - Hong Kong - Sydney (Captain Street) as QF27/28 - April 14 - 15, 1978

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - April 17, 1978

The aircraft had flown 37,492 hours 14 minutes with 14,033 cycles including 3,652 touch & go

Entered onto the British Aircraft Register as G-BFLE - April 18, 1978

Registered to ITEL Corporation

Leased to British Midland Airways Ltd as the registered operator

Accepted by ITEL at Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - May 17, 1978

Departed Sydney (Kingsford Smith) in the Kuwait Airways livery and carrying a 5th engine - May 17, 1978

Sub-leased to Kuwait Airways as the registered operator - May 19, 1978

Returned to British Midland on termination of the lease - July 14, 1978

Sub-leased to Pakistan International Airlines as the registered operator - July 15, 1978

Observed at Amsterdam in the Pakistan International Airlines livery in a freighter configuration - July 15, 1978

Returned to British Midland on termination of the lease - April 01, 1979

Sub-leased to Air Algerie in basic PIA livery with Air Algerie titles as the registered operator - April 19, 1979

Returned to British Midland on termination of the lease - May 1979

Sold to British Midland - September 1979

Leased to Gulf Air and ferried East Midland - Heathrow in the Gulf Air livery - October 31, 1979

Entered Gulf Air service operating four freighter services per week Heathrow - Bahrain - November 01, 1979

Returned to British Midland on termination of the lease - March 30, 1980

Leased to DETA Mozambique Airlines as the registered operator - April 14, 1980

Ferried East Midlands - Rome - Maputo on delivery to DETA - April 18, 1980

Arrived Hamburg with DETA tail logo and Linhas Aereas Mocambique fuselage titles - September 28, 1980

Ferried Hamburg - East Midlands after maintenance - October 08, 1980

Leased to Linhas Aereas Mocambique - October 1980

Operated inaugural LAM flight into Paris CDG - November 03, 1980

Returned to British Midland on termination of the lease - March 30, 1981

Rolled out at East Midlands with Ariana Afghan titles - April 14, 1981

Leased to Ariana Afghan Airlines as the registered operator - April 15, 1981

Returned to British Midland on termination of the lease - May 26, 1981

Leased to the Canadian Canning Company - May 26, 1981

Returned to British Midland on termination of the lease - July 26, 1981

Leased to Somali Airlines as the registered operator - July 26, 1981

Entered service in the basic LAM livery with Somali Airlines titles

Returned to British Midland on termination of lthe ease - September 26, 1981

Departed East Midlands for Tel Aviv for overhaul and reconfiguration to 211 passengers - November 28, 1981

Ferried Tel Aviv - London (Heathrow) - East Midlands in the British Midland livery - February 03, 1982

Leased to El Al as the registered operator - March 27, 1982

Returned to British Midland on termination of the lease - May 1982

Leased to Saudi Arabian Airlines for hadj flights - September 1982

Returned to British Midland on termination of the lease - November 1982

Leased to El Al to cover for a pilot's strike - November 1982

Returned to British Midland on termination of the lease - December 1982

Operated final B.M.A. revenue service Tenerife - Manchester - November 30, 1984

Withdrawn from service and stored at East Midlands - November 30, 1984

The aircraft had flown 50,683 hours with 18,601 cycles

Sold by Chemco Leasing to ATASCO and then Radix Air Corp - August 1985

Ferried East Midlands - Tel Aviv for hush-kitting - August 21, 1985

Cancelled from the British Aircraft Register - August 21, 1985

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N861BX - August 21, 1985

Registered to Chemco Leasing Corp

Sold by Chemco Leasing to ATASCO Isreal - August 21, 1985

Sold to Radix Corporation - August 21, 1985

Sold to ATASCO Leasing - November 22, 1985

Ferried Tel Aviv - Bangor (U.S.A.) for delivery to Burlington Air Express - December 06, 1985

Leased to Burlington Air Express - January 1986

Sub-leased to Southern Air Transport as the registered operator - January 1986

Sold to Meridan Trust Company, Reading, PA - March 1986

Registered to Meridan Trust Company, Reading, PA - March 1986

Leased to Southern Air Transport as the registered operator

Returned to Burlington Air Express on termination of the lease - January 08, 1992

Sub-leased to Buffalo Airways for one day - January 08, 1992

Withdrawn from service and offered for immediate sale - September 08, 1992

The aircraft had flown 58,080 hours with 24,427 cycles to date

Sold to AeroUSA - June 04, 1993

Sold to Buffalo Airways - June 04, 1993

Sold to Starflite Corporation - June 02, 1994

Sold to Grumman Aerospace Corp, Florida for Joint-STARS conversion - June 02, 1994

Certification of Registration issued to Grumman Aerospace Corp - July 18, 1994

Converted to E-8C Joint STARS P-5 at Lake Charles, LA

This aircraft slated to acquire an U.S.A.F. serial number - 1995

Cancelled from the United States Aircraft Register - July 1996

Handed over to 93rd Air Control Wing, U.S.A.F. at Melbourne, Florida - July 1996

Allocated U.S.A.F. serial number 'AF94-0284' - July 09, 1996

The aircraft had flown 59,546 hours with 25, 458 cycles to date

Designated an E-8C P-5 (5th Production Aircraft)

Current

 

VH-EBT. Qantas Australia - 'City of Bendigo' in the 'V-Jet' livery at Mexico City Airport, October 1968.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4604-119.)

VH-EBT. Qantas Australia - 'City of Bendigo' in the 'V-Jet' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, circa 1968.

(Qantas Heritage Collection Copyright Image 4605-160.)

VH-EBT. Qantas Australia - 'City of Bendigo' in the 'V-Jet' livery at London Heathrow Airport, June 1969.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4604-618.)

VH-EBT. Qantas Australia - 'City of Bendigo' in the 'ochre' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, October 1977.

(G. Wilkes Copyright Image 4604-377.)

VH-EBT. Qantas Australia - 'City of Bendigo' in the 'ochre' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, October 1977.

(G. Wilkes Copyright Image 4604-376.)

VH-EBT. Qantas Australia - 'City of Bendigo' in the 'ochre' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, October 1977.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4604-328.)

G-BFLE. Kuwait Airways - in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, May 1978.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4604-109.)

G-BFLE. Kuwait Airways - in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, May 15, 1978.

(E. Favelle Copyright Image 4605-345.)

G-BFLE. Kuwait Airways - in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, May 15, 1978.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4604-417.)

G-BFLE. Kuwait Airways - in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, May 15, 1978.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4604-110.)

G-BFLE. Pakistan International Cargo - in the standard livery at Manchester Airport, August 1978.

(G. Ditchfield Copyright Image 4604-418.)

G-BFLE. Pakistan International Cargo - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, September 1978.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4604-415.)

G-BFLE. Air Algerie - in the non-standard livery at Paris Charles de Gualle Airport, April 1979.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4605-352.)

G-BFLE. Air Algerie - in the non-standard livery at an unknown airport, April 1979.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4604-460.)

G-BFLE. Air Algerie - in the non-standard livery at Paris Orly Airport, May 1979.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4605-172.)

G-BFLE. Gulf Air - in the standard livery at London Heathrow Airport, April 1980.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4604-468.)

G-BFLE. LAM Linhas Aereas de Mocambique - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, October 1980.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4604-469.)

G-BFLE. Ariana Afghan Airlines - in the basic LAM livery at East Midlands Airport, May 1981.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4604-463.)

G-BFLE. Ariana Afghan Airlines - in the basic LAM livery at East Midlands Airport, June 1981.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4604-464.)

G-BFLE. Somali Airlines - in the basic LAM livery at East Midlands Airport, October 1981.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4604-470.)

G-BFLE. British Midland - in the standard livery at East Midlands Airport, June 1982.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4604-467.)

G-BFLE. British Midland - in the standard livery at East Midlands Airport, June 1982.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4604-224.)

G-BFLE. British Midland - in the standard livery at East Midlands Airport, June 1982.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4605-341.)

G-BFLE. British Midland - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, July 1982.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4604-466.)

G-BFLE. British Midland - in the standard livery at East Midlands Airport, March 1983.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4604-465.)

G-BFLE. British Midland - in the basic livery at East Midlands Airport, May 1985.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4604-416.)

N861BX. Burlington Air Express - in the standard livery at Miami Airport, April 1987.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4604-474.)

AF94-0284. U. S. Air Force - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, November 2000.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4604-491.)

AF94-0284. U. S. Air Force - in the standard livery at an unknown location, date unknown.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4605-346.)