VH-EBU. Boeing 707-338C. c/n 19294-550.


 

Rolled off the Boeing production line at Renton - December 14, 1966

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

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-EBU - March 8, 1967

Registered to Qantas Empire Airways Ltd

Aircraft was named 'City of Broken Hill'

Accepted by Qantas at Seattle - March 8, 1967

Departed Seattle on delivery flight to Australia - March 28, 1967

Arrived Sydney at conclusion of delivery flight at 1135 hours - March 30, 1967

Delivery route: Seattle - Honolulu - Nadi - Sydney

Operated first revenue service Sydney - Christchurch - April 6, 1967

Was the first Qantas 707 to have the revised 'Qantas Australia' titles applied - May 11, 1967

Endangered by bushfires whilst on the ground at Avalon, Victoria during crew training - January 8, 1969

Quick actions by aircrew and engineers saved aircraft by moving it around airfield to escape the fires

Underwent wing life modification work with Lufthansa in Hamburg - August 1969

Operated first freighter service Sydney - Minneapolis as QF150 - March 31, 1970

Was aircraft involved in the famous 'Mr Brown' extortion bid - May 26, 1971

Aircraft had departed Sydney for Hong Kong as QF755 at 1130 hours (Captain W. Selwyn)

'Mr Brown' demanded payment of $A 500,000 to reveal the location of an altitude sensitive 'bomb' on the plane

Subsequent mid-air search failed to locate any device and aircraft landed safely at Sydney

Two men were later arrested and jailed over this extortion attempt

Was first Qantas aircraft to appear in the new ochre livery - November 4, 1971

Operated the final Qantas London - New York service as QF533 (Captain K. Nicholson) - April 1, 1973

Operated a Cyclone Tracy relief flight Darwin - Brisbane carrying 247 passengers - December 28, 1974

Operated a Cyclone Tracy relief flight Darwin - Sydney carrying 270 passengers - December 28, 1974

Aircraft was renamed 'City of Wollongong' - April 1975

Aircraft was renamed 'City of Parramatta' - July 1, 1975

Operated the inaugural Qantas Sydney - Port Moresby service as QF25 - September 18, 1975

Chartered by Prime Minister Malcom Fraser for vist to Peking, China - June 20, 1976

Operated inaugural Sydney - Tokyo QF21 service (Captain B. Eburn) - November 1, 1976

Operated final revenue service Tokyo - Sydney as QF22 (Captain Z. L. Krawczyk) - November 3, 1976

Withdrawn from use at Sydney Airport - November 3, 1976

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - November 3, 1976

Aircraft had flown 32,283 hours 14 minutes

Sold to Air Niugini - November 3, 1976

Entered onto the Papua New Guinea Aircraft Register as P2-ANH - November 23, 1976

Used in training Air Niugini flight crews at Avalon, Victoria

Operated first Air Niugini revenue service Sydney - Port Moresby - January 2, 1977

Flew proving flight Port Moresby - Kagoshima, Japan - January 6, 1977

Arrived Sydney for major overhaul by Qantas - June 3, 1979

Aircraft had flown 40,172 hours with 16,661 cycles

Returned to service Sydney - Port Moresby - June 30, 1979

Operated final Air Niugini Port Moresby - Brisbane - Sydney service - September 25, 1979

Withdrawn from use and stored at Sydney having flown 40,821 hours with 17,132 cycles

Sold to ITEL Capital Service Corp - October 1979

Advertised for sale with asking price of $AUD 5,000,000 - November 18, 1979

Leased to Air Niugini and operated in the full livery - December 1979

Leased to Air Niugini and operated in the full livery - February 18 to March 28, 1980

Returned to storage in Sydney

Departed Sydney on delivery to HAECO, Hong Kong for overhaul and modification - August 10, 1980

Leased to Air Niugini - September 1980

Returned to ITEL in Sydney at end of lease and stored - October 8, 1980

Departed Sydney for Hong Kong and continued storage - November 1980

Sold to GATX Financial Services - March 9, 1981

Observed at Hong Kong without Air Niugini titles and logo - April 27, 1981

Sold to International Air Leases, Miami, Florida - June 14, 1981

Cancelled from the New Guinea Aircraft Register - June 15, 1981

Entered onto the U. S. Aircraft Register as N707MB - June 1981

Arrived Miami for overhaul in preparation for next lease - June 17, 1981

Leased to Zaire Cargo and rolled out in the full livery at Miami - September 13, 1981

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

Registered AMCO (Airline Management & Conculting & Operations)

Departed Miami on delivery to Zaire Cargo - September 27, 1981

Returned to International Air Leases - April 1982

Entered onto the U. S. Aircraft Register as N707HW - ?

Leased to Arrow Air in basic Zaire Cargo livery - May 11, 1982

Leased to TAISA (Transportes Aereos Internacionales SA), Lima, Peru - January 1983

Entered onto the Peruvian Aircraft Register as OB-T-1264 - ?

Entered service with 'Train Cargo' titles - February 27, 1983

Returned to International Air Leases - December 1984

Entered onto the U. S. Aircraft Register as N707HW - January 1985

Reregistered to International Air Leases, Miami, Florida

Sold to Shanghai Airlines - July 1985

Entered onto the Chinese Aircraft Register as B2426 - ?

Sold to Export Air Leasing Inc, Miami, Florida - December 1988

Entered onto the U. S. Aircraft Register as N707HW - ?

Sold to Comtran International - September 17, 1989

Leased to Anglo Cargo Airlines, England - October 11, 1989

Entered onto the British Aircraft Register as G-EOCO - ?

Returned to Comtran International - February 1992

Sold to Omega Air Inc - May 1992

Sold to U.S.A.F. for conversion to E-8C Joint-STARS - May 17, 1992

Ferried to Davis Monthan in full Anglo Cargo livery - June 1992

Cancelled from the British Aircraft Register - September 2, 1992

Departed Davis Monthan as 67-30053 for Lake Charles, LA for conversion to E-8C - June 17, 1993

Handed over to 93rd Air Control Wing, U.S.A.F. at Melbourne, Florida as AF93-0597 - November 25, 1997

Designated an E-8C P-3 (3rd Production Aircraft)

Observed at Warner Robins AFB with tail code 'WR' - April 28, 2001

Aircraft was badly damaged during an air-to-air refuelling accident over Qatar - March 13, 2009

The number two fuel tank ruptured in flight due to overpressurisation causing extensive wing damage

Made a safe emergency landing at the Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar

Estimated cost to repair damage around $US 25,000,000 deemed to be uneconomical and declared write-off

Cause of accident traced to a civilian subcontractor inadvertently leaving a test plug in fuel vent system

This occured during programmed depot maintenance

As aircraft was only in the air for a short period of time before the air-to-air refueling took place it had not

burned off enough fuel from the Number Two tank that would have allowed the 'dive flapper' valve

to open when the overpressurisation of the fuel tank commenced

Aircraft is reported to have been broken up at Al Udeid Air Base - February 2012

 


 

VH-EBU. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - in the 'V'Jet' livery at Sydney Airport, circa 1967.

VH-EBU. Qantas Australia's Overseas Airline - in the 'V'Jet' livery at Sydney Airport, January 1968.
VH-EBU. Qantas Australia - in the revised 'V'Jet' livery at Sydney Airport, November 1968.

VH-EBU. Qantas Australia - in the new livery on rollout at Sydney Airport, November 4, 1971.

VH-EBU. Qantas Australia - in the new livery over Washington State, November 1971.

VH-EBU. Qantas Australia - in the new livery over Washington State, November 1971.

VH-EBU. Qantas Australia - in the new livery over Washington State, November 1971.

VH-EBU. Qantas Australia - in the new livery over Washington State, November 1971.

VH-EBU. Qantas Australia - in the new livery over Washington State, November 1971.

VH-EBU. Qantas Australia - in the new livery over Washington State, November 1971.

VH-EBU. Qantas Australia - in the new livery over Washington State, November 1971.

VH-EBU. Qantas Australia - in the new livery over Washington State, November 1971.

VH-EBU. Qantas Australia - in the new livery over Washington State, November 1971.

VH-EBU. Qantas Australia - in the new livery over Washington State, November 1971.

VH-EBU. Qantas Australia - in the new livery over Washington State, November 1971.

VH-EBU. Qantas Australia - in the new livery over Washington State, November 1971.

VH-EBU. Qantas Australia - in the new livery over Washington State, November 1971.

VH-EBU. Qantas Australia - in the new livery over Washington State, November 1971.

VH-EBU. Qantas Australia - in the new livery over Washington State, November 1971.

VH-EBU. Qantas Australia - in the new livery over Washington State, November 1971.

VH-EBU. Qantas Australia - in the new livery over Washington State, November 1971.

VH-EBU. Qantas Australia - in the new livery over Washington State, November 1971.

VH-EBU. Qantas Australia - in the new livery over Washington State, November 1971.

VH-EBU. Qantas Australia - in the new livery over Washington State, November 1971.

VH-EBU. Qantas Australia - in the new livery over Washington State, November 1971.

VH-EBU. Qantas Australia - in the new livery over Washington State, November 1971.

VH-EBU. Qantas Australia - in the new livery over Washington State, November 1971.

VH-EBU. Qantas Australia - in the new livery over Washington State, November 1971.

VH-EBU. Qantas Australia - in the new livery over Washington State, November 1971.

VH-EBU. Qantas Australia - in the new livery over Washington State, November 1971.

VH-EBU. Qantas Australia - in the new livery over Washington State, November 1971.

VH-EBU. Qantas Australia - in the new livery over Washington State, November 1971.

VH-EBU. Qantas Australia - in the new livery over Washington State, November 1971.

VH-EBU. Qantas Australia - in the new livery at Renton, November 1971.

VH-EBU. Qantas Australia - in the new livery at Renton, November 1971.
VH-EBU. Qantas Australia - in the final livery at Melbourne Airport, February 1972.

VH-EBU. Qantas Australia - in the final livery at Sydney Airport, May 1972.

 

VH-EBU. Qantas Australia - in the final flight via the Southern Cross route London Airport, April 1, 1973.

P2-ANH. Air Niugini - in the full livery at Sydney Airport, January 1978.

P2-ANH. Air Niugini - in the full livery at Sydney Airport, January 1979.

P2-ANH. Air Niugini - in the full livery at Sydney Airport, January 1979.

P2-ANH. Air Niugini - in the full livery at Sydney Airport, January 1979.

P2-ANH. Air Niugini - in the full livery at Sydney Airport, May 1979.

P2-ANH. Air Niugini - with 'Singapore, Jakarta, Hawaii' titles at Sydney Airport, August 1979.

P2-ANH. Air Niugini - with 'Singapore, Jakarta, Hawaii' titles at Sydney Airport, August 1979.

P2-ANH. Air Niugini - with 'Singapore, Jakarta, Hawaii' titles at Sydney Airport, August 1979.

P2-ANH. Air Niugini - with 'Singapore, Jakarta, Hawaii' titles at Sydney Airport, September1979.

OB-T-1264. Train Cargo Peru - in the full livery at Miami Airport, January 1984.

N707HW. Train Cargo Peru - in the full livery at Miami Airport, February 1985.

B-2426. Shanghai Airlines - in the full livery, location unknown, June 1987.

G-EOCO. Anglo Cargo - in the full livery, location unknown, November 1990.

67-30053. Anglo Cargo - in the full livery at Phoenix, June 1993.

93-0597. U.S. Air Force - in the full 'J-Stars' livery, location & date unknown.