VH-EBJ. Boeing 747-238B. c/n 21054-260.

 

This aircraft was odered new by Qantas Airways Ltd - April 1974

Allocated the Boeing Block Number RB010

Rolled off the Boeing production line at Everett (Paine Field) - April 02, 1975

Powered by Pratt & Whitney JT9D-7F(W) engines

First flown as N1785B - April 21, 1975

This was the first aircraft to be fitted with auxiliary fuel tanks

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-EBJ - May 30, 1975

Registered to Qantas Airways Ltd, Sydney

Accepted by R. Baxter for Qantas Airways at Everett (Paine Field) - May 30, 1975

This was the 44th Boeing airliner delivered new to Qantas Airways

It was the 10th Boeing 747 delivered to Qantas Airways

The aircraft was named 'City of Geelong' at Everett (Paine Field)

Ferried Everett (Paine Field) - San Francisco (Captains L.W. Clark, F. Fox) as QF053D - May 31, 1975

Operated first revenue service San Francisco - Sydney (Kingsford Smith) as QF4 - June 01, 1975

Arrived Sydney (Kingsford Smith) on completion of the delivery flight - June 03, 1975

Delivery route: Seattle - San Francisco - Honolulu - Nadi - Sydney

Ferried Sydney - Seattle non-stop for maintenance (Captain A. Terrell) as QF052D - February 14, 1977

Leased to Air New Zealand in standard Qantas livery with small Air New Zealand stickers - October 02 - 13, 1986

Operated final Air New Zealand service Los Angeles - Honolulu - Auckland - Sydney as TE5 - October 13, 1986

Returned to Qantas service Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - Perth - Singapore as QF7 - October 13, 1986

Sold to Allco Aerospace Ltd and leased back to Qantas Airways - February 01, 1989

Underwent heavy maintenance / repainting into Air Pacific livery by Air France - April 04, 1989

Rolled out in the standard Air Pacific livery at Paris (Orly) - May 1989

Ferried as a non-revenue flight Paris - Bombay - Sydney (Kingsford Smith) as QF744 - May 04, 1989

Leased to Air Pacific as the registered operator

Operated first Air Pacific revenue service Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - Nadi as FJ911 - May 06, 1989

Aircraft renamed 'Island of Viti Levu' at Sydney - May 23, 1989

Operated final Air Pacific revenue service Nadi - Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - April 13, 1991

Ferried Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - Singapore for maintenance (Captain D. K. Oliver) as QF501D - April 30, 1991

Returned to Allco Aerospace Ltd in Singapore - April 30, 1991

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - May 01, 1991

Aircraft had flown 58,012 hours with 16,803 cycles

Sold to Barclays Leasing Inc (USA) - May 01, 1991

Sold to Potomac Capital Investment Corp (USA) - May 02, 1991

Sold to First Security Bank of Utah (USA) - May 1991

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N158UA - May 1991

Leased to United Airlines as the registered operator - June 01, 1991

Sold to Provident Commercial Group inc (USA) - December 27, 1991

Operated last United Airlines revenue service - December 15, 2000

Ferried to Marana, Arizona for storage

Ferried Marana - Honolulu - Singapore on return to lessor - March 11, 2001

Observed stored at Marana in the basic United livery without titles - October 7, 2001

Sold to ART21054 LLC - October 25, 2002

Registered to ART21054 LLC, San Francisco, California - October 25, 2002

Departed Marana on the ferry flight to Gander, Ireland - January 19, 2003

Cancelled from the United States Aircraft Register - February 2003

Entered onto the Afghanistan Aircraft Register as YA-EAH - February 2003

Operated by Ariana Afghan Airlines in the basic United livery without titles

Sold to J. Taylor Investments Inc - December 08, 2003

Entered onto Swaziland Aircraft Register as 3D-BOX - December 2003

Leased to Libyan Arab Airlines - December 08, 2003

Entered onto the Armenian Aircraft Register as EK-74702 - February 15, 2004

Operated by IRS Airlines (Nigeria) in the basic United livery for Hadj flights

Leased to Air Van Airlines (Armenia) - January 30, 2005

Observed stored at Sharjah - March 09, 2005

Air Van ceased operations - November 2005

Observed stored at Jakarta in an all-white livery as EK-74702 - February 27, 2006

Leased to Grand Comoros - December 01, 2006

Observed in Kabul as J2-KCD in Grand Comoros livery - December 12, 2006

Reregistered J2-LBB and leased to Iran Air and observed as such at Teheran - August 8, 2007

Current with Iran Air

 

VH-EBJ. Qantas Australia - 'City of Geelong' in the 'ochre' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1979.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4631-363.)

VH-EBJ. Qantas Australia - 'City of Geelong' in the 'ochre' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1979.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4630-987.)

VH-EBJ. Qantas Australia - 'City of Geelong' in the 'ochre' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1979.

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VH-EBJ. Qantas Australia - 'City of Geelong' in the 'ochre' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1979.

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VH-EBJ. Qantas Australia - 'City of Geelong' in the 'ochre' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, April 1979.

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VH-EBJ. Qantas Australia - 'City of Geelong' in the 'ochre' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, May 1979.

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VH-EBJ. Qantas Australia - 'City of Geelong' in the 'ochre' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, May 1979.

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VH-EBJ. Qantas Australia - 'City of Geelong' in the 'ochre' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1980.

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VH-EBJ. Qantas Australia - 'City of Geelong' in the 'ochre' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, March 1980.

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VH-EBJ. Qantas Australia - 'City of Geelong' in the 'ochre' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, April 1980.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4630-032.)

VH-EBJ. Qantas Australia - 'City of Geelong' in the 'ochre' livery with additional 'Official Carrier Commonwealth Games Brisbane 1982' titles at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1982.

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VH-EBJ. Qantas Australia - 'City of Geelong' in the 'ochre' livery with additional 'Official Carrier Commonwealth Games Brisbane 1982' titles at Brisbane Airport, January 1982.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4630-572.)

VH-EBJ. Qantas Australia - 'City of Geelong' in the 'ochre' livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, June 1985.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4630-426.)

VH-EBJ. Air Pacific Qantas - 'Island of Viti Levu' in the standard livery at Paris Orly Airport, May 1989.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4630-110.)

VH-EBJ. Air Pacific Qantas - 'Island of Viti Levu' in the standard livery with additional 'Sydney 2000 Olympic Games Bid' logo at Auckland Airport, May 1990.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4631-216.)

N158UA. United - in the old livery at San Francisco Airport, April 1993.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4630-952.)

N158UA. United Airlines - in the standard livery at San Francisco Airport, date unknown.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4630-013.)

YA-EAH. Ariana Afghan Airlines - in the basic United livery at Sharjar Airport, February 2003.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4630-095.)

3D-BOX. Libyan Arab Airlines - in the basic United livery at Sharjar Airport, December 2003.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4630-096.)

3D-BOX. Libyan Arab Airlines - in the basic United livery at Sharjar Airport, December 2003.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4631-382.)

EK-74702. IRS Airlines - in the basic United livery at an unknown airport, January 2004.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4631-381.)