VH-EAA. Boeing 747SP-38. c/n 22495-505.

 

This aircraft was ordered new by Qantas Airways - January 16, 1980

Allocated the Boeing Block Number RH111

Rolled off the Boeing production line at Everett (Paine Field) - January 1981

First flown at Everett as VH-EAA - January 11, 1981

Powered by Rolls Royce RB211-524-B2 engines

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-EAA - January 19, 1981

Registered to Qantas Airways Ltd, Sydney

Accepted by B. Bourke for Qantas Airways at Everett (Paine Field) - January 19, 1981

This was the 56th Boeing airliner delivered new to Qantas Airways

It was the 22nd Boeing 747 delivered new to Qantas Airways

The aircraft was named 'City of Gold Coast Tweed' at Everett - January 21, 1981

Departed Everett (Paine Field) on the delivery flight to Australia as QF501D - January 21, 1981

Arrived Sydney (Kingsford Smith) Airport omn completion of the delivery flight - January 23, 1981

Delivery route: Seattle - Honolulu - Sydney

Flight crew: Captains L. W. Clark, A. E. Bones

Departed Sydney (Kingsford Smith) at 07:00 local for Townsville as QF140 (Captain A. Terrell) - January 24, 1981

Engaged in a three day Queensland promotional tour and pilot training

Conducted two training flights from Townsville before being opened for public inspection at 14:15 to 19:00 hours

Flown Townsville - Coolangatta as QF143 (Captains R. Seaver, Bailey) - January 25, 1981

Opened for public inspection at Coolangatta Airport at 12:00 to 18:00 hours

Flown Coolangatta - Brisbane as QF144 (Captains Seaver, Rosewarne) - January 25, 1981

Flown Brisbane - Brisbane as training flight QF146 (Captains Bailey, Simmons) - January 26, 1981

Flown Brisbane - Brisbane as training flight QF147 (Captains Bailey, Lockett) - January 26, 1981

Opened for public inspection at Brisbane Airport at 13:15 to 17:30 hours

Flown Brisbane - Sydney as training flight QF148 (Captains Terrell, Rosewarne) - January 26, 1981

Operated the inaugural Qantas SP service Sydney (Kingsforsd Smith) - Wellington as QF55 - February 06, 1981

Due to bad weather at Wellington the flight was diverted to Auckland (Captain D. McKinley)

Ferried Auckland - Wellington - February 07, 1981

Rolled out with 'Official Carrier Brisbane 1982' Commonwealth Games titles at Sydney - November 01, 1981

Utilised on the supplementary flight Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - Honolulu as QF35 - Agust 12, 1982

Ferried Honolulu - Seattle for Rolls Royce RB211-524-DE engine refit as QF500D - August 12, 1982

Ferried Everett - Honolulu - Sydney (Kingsford Smith) following engine refit as QF501D - August 25 - 27, 1982

Operated first Qantas 747SP non-stop service Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - Los Angeles as QF11 - April 07, 1984

Repainted into 'Spirit of Australia' livery - January 1990

Listed by Qantas as being for sale but continued normal operations - March 01, 1990

Leased to Australian Airlines - July 05 - 06, 1992

Operated Sydney - Brisbane - Sydney as TN7025/TN7425 and Sydney - Perth - Sydney as TN7016/TN7011

Carried 'Sydney 2000' Olympic sticker to promote Sydney's bid for 2000 Olympic Games - December 1993

Operated last revenue service Singapore - Brisbane - Sydney (Kingsford Smith) as QF52 - March 20, 1994

Leased to Australia Asia Airlines - March 25, 1994 to June 27, 1996

Operated the inaugural Australia Asia 747SP service Sydney - Taipei as QF135 - March 26, 1994

Listed by Qantas as being for sale but continued normal operations - January 01, 1997

New 'The Australian Airline' subtitle applied - March 01, 1998

Operated final Qantas revenue service Singapore - Jakarta - Sydney as QF42/22 - February 23, 2002

Withdrawn from use at Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - February 23, 2002

Operated supplementary freighter service Sydney (KIngsford Smith) - Honolulu as QF7571 - March 04, 2002

Ferried Honolulu - Marana as QF6019 for storage - March 05, 2002

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - March 27, 2002

The engines were removed and returned to Qantas in Sydney

Aircraft was broken up - July 25, 2002

This aircraft had flown 75,238 hours and 14,011 cycles

 

The complete history of VH-EAA 'City of Gold Coast Tweed' is available as a book and as a CD-ROM. The book and the CD-ROM explores the background of the Boeing 747SP program before presenting a detailed history of VH-EAA in text and photos.

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VH-EAA. Qantas Australia - the wings for the first Qantas 747SP at Everett, 1980.

VH-EAA. Qantas Australia - on the production line at Everett, 1980.
VH-EAA. Qantas Australia - on the production line at Everett, 1980.

VH-EAA. Qantas Australia - in the original livery over Washington State, January 1981.

VH-EAA. Qantas Australia - in the original livery over Washington State, January 1981.
VH-EAA. Qantas Australia - in the original livery over Washington State, January 1981.

VH-EAA. Qantas Australia - in the original livery over Washington State, January 1981.

VH-EAA. Qantas Australia - in the original livery over Washington State, January 1981.
VH-EAA. Qantas Australia - in the original livery over Washington State, January 1981.

VH-EAA. Qantas Australia - in the original livery over Washington State, January 1981.

VH-EAA. Qantas Australia - in the original livery over Washington State, January 1981.
VH-EAA. Qantas Australia - in the original livery over Washington State, January 1981.
VH-EAA. Qantas Australia - in the original livery over Washington State, January 1981.
VH-EAA. Qantas Australia - in the original livery over Washington State, January 1981.
VH-EAA. Qantas Australia - in the original livery over Washington State, January 1981.
VH-EAA. Qantas Australia - in the original livery over Washington State, January 1981.

VH-EAA. Qantas Australia - in the original livery over Washington State, January 1981.

VH-EAA. Qantas Australia - in the original livery over Washington State, January 1981.

VH-EAA. Qantas Australia - in the original livery over Washington State, January 1981.

VH-EAA. Qantas Australia - in the original livery over Washington State, January 1981.

VH-EAA. Qantas Australia - in the original livery over Washington State, January 1981.

VH-EAA. Qantas Australia - in the original livery over Washington State, January 1981.

VH-EAA. Qantas Australia - in the original livery over Washington State, January 1981.

VH-EAA. Qantas Australia - in the original livery over Washington State, January 1981.

VH-EAA. Qantas Australia - in the original livery over Washington State, January 1981.

VH-EAA. Qantas Australia - in the original livery over Washington State, January 1981.

VH-EAA. Qantas Australia - in the original livery over Washington State, January 1981.

VH-EAA. Qantas Australia - in the original livery over Washington State, January 1981.

VH-EAA. Qantas Australia - in the original livery over Washington State, January 1981.

VH-EAA. Qantas Australia - in the original livery over Washington State, January 1981.

VH-EAA. Qantas Australia - in the original livery over Washington State, January 1981.

VH-EAA. Qantas Australia - in the original livery over Washington State, January 1981.

VH-EAA. Qantas Australia - in the original livery over Washington State, January 1981.

VH-EAA. Qantas Australia - in the original livery over Washington State, January 1981.
 

VH-EAA. Qantas Australia - in the original livery over Washington State, January 1981.

VH-EAA. Qantas Australia - in the original livery over Washington State, January 1981.

 

VH-EAA. Qantas Australia - on display at Townsville Airport, January 1981.

VH-EAA. Qantas Australia - on display at Townsville Airport, January 1981.
VH-EAA. Qantas Australia - on display at Townsville Airport, January 1981.

VH-EAA. Qantas Australia - on display at Townsville Airport, January 1981.

VH-EAA. Qantas Australia - on display at Townsville Airport, January 1981.
VH-EAA. Qantas Australia - the flight crew are greeted at Coolangatta Airport, January 1981.
VH-EAA. Qantas Australia - the flight crew are greeted at Coolangatta Airport, January 1981.
VH-EAA. Qantas Australia - Capt Ray Seaver with koalas at Coolangatta Airport, January 1981.
VH-EAA. Qantas Australia - open for public inspection at Coolangatta Airport, January 1981.

VH-EAA. Qantas Australia - open for public inspection at Coolangatta Airport, January 1981.

VH-EAA. Qantas Australia - on its first visit to Brisbane Airport, January 1981.
VH-EAA. Qantas Australia - on its first visit to Brisbane Airport, January 1981.

VH-EAA. Qantas Australia - undertaking pilot training at Avalon Airport, January 1981.

VH-EAA. Qantas Australia - undertaking pilot training at Avalon Airport, January 1981.
VH-EAA. Qantas Australia - undertaking pilot training at Avalon Airport, January 1981.

VH-EAA. Qantas Australia - undertaking pilot training at Avalon Airport, January 1981.

VH-EAA. Qantas Australia - undertaking pilot training at Avalon Airport, January 1981.

VH-EAA. Qantas Australia - the inaugural landing at Wellington Airport, January 1981.

VH-EAA. Qantas Australia - the inaugural landing at Wellington Airport, January 1981.

VH-EAA. Qantas Australia - the inaugural landing at Wellington Airport, January 1981.
VH-EAA. Qantas Australia - in the full livery at Wellington Airport, January 1981.
VH-EAA. Qantas Australia - in the full livery at Wellington Airport, January 1981.
VH-EAA. Qantas Australia - in the full livery at Wellington Airport, January 1981.
VH-EAA. Qantas Australia - in the full livery at Wellington Airport, January 1981.

VH-EAA. Qantas Australia - Capt Alan Terrell is greeted in the main cabin of the aircraft.

VH-EAA. Qantas Australia - Capt Alan Terrell is given a traditional Maori greeting.
VH-EAA. Qantas Australia - Capt Alan Terrell receives the Maori 'peace challenge' in the terminal.

VH-EAA. Qantas Australia - Capt Alan Terrell accepts the Maori 'peace challenge' in the terminal.

VH-EAA. Qantas Australia - Qantas cabin crew pose in front of the aircraft at Wellington Airport.
VH-EAA. Qantas Australia - a number of training flights were carried out the following day.

VH-EAA. Qantas Australia - a number of training flights were carried out the following day.

VH-EAA. Qantas Australia - a number of training flights were carried out the following day.

VH-EAA. Qantas Australia - in the original livery at Sydney Airport, February 1981.
VH-EAA. Qantas Australia - in the original livery at Melbourne Airport, February 1981.
VH-EAA. Qantas Australia - in the original livery at Sydney Airport, June 1981.
VH-EAA. Qantas Australia - in the original livery at Sydney Airport, September 1981.

VH-EAA. Qantas Australia - in the original livery at an unknown airport, November 1981.

VH-EAA. Qantas Australia - in the original livery at Wellington Airport, June 1982.

VH-EAA. Qantas Australia - with 'Brisbane 1982 Games' titles at Sydney Airport, September 1982.

VH-EAA. Qantas Australia - in the original livery at Melbourne Airport, June 1984.

VH-EAA. Qantas Australia - in the original livery at Los Angeles Airport, December 1984.

VH-EAA. Qantas The Spirit of Australia - in the new livery at Melbourne Airport, January 1992.

VH-EAA. Qantas Australia - with 'Sydney 2000 Olympic' logo at Brisbane Airport, August 1993.

VH-EAA. Qantas Australia - with 'Sydney 2000 Olympic' logo at Brisbane Airport, August 1993.
VH-EAA. Australia Asia - in basic Qantas livery at Melbourne Airport, March 1995.

VH-EAA. Australia Asia - in basic Qantas livery at Brisbane Airport, June 1995.

VH-EAA. Qantas The Australian Airline - with revised titles at Brisbane Airport, October 1996.

VH-EAA. Qantas The Australian Airline - with revised titles at Cairns Airport, September 1999.
 

 

VH-EAA. Qantas The Australian Airline - with revised titles at Brisbane Airport, May 2001.