VH-EBT. Boeing 747-338. c/n 23222-602.

 

First of three Boeing 747-338s ordered new by Qantas Airways - November 18, 1983

Allocated the Boeing Block Number RS271

Rolled off the Boeing production line at Everett (Paine Field) - September 17, 1984

Powered by Rolls Royce RB211-524D engines

This was the first aircraft to appear in the new Qantas 1984 corporate livery

This livery had only the title 'QANTAS' painted above the forward windows with nothing below the window line

First flown as N1784B - October 06, 1984

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-EBT - November 14, 1984

Registered to Qantas Airways Ltd, Sydney

Accepted by R. Walker for Qantas Airways at Everett (Paine Field) - November 13, 1984

This was the 59th Boeing airliner delivered new to Qantas Airways

It was the 25th Boeing 747 delivered to Qantas Airways

Ferried Everett (Paine Field) to Seattle (SeaTac) by Captains C. Viertal, A. Bones as QF501P - November 14, 1984

Operated a supplementary passenger service Seattle - Sydney (Kingsford Smith) as QF501 - November 14, 1984

Arrived Sydney (Kingsford Smith) on completion of the delivery flight - November 16, 1984

Delivery route: Seattle - Honolulu - Sydney

Flight crew: Captains C. Viertal, A. Bones

The aircraft was named 'City of Canberra' at Sydney Airport - November 16, 1984

Operated first revenue service Sydney - Auckland (Captain D.C. Richards) as QF43 - November 24, 1984

Renamed 'City of Wagga Wagga' at Sydney Airport - August 03, 1989

This aircraft was involved in a runway incursion at Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - September 11, 1990

It was towed in front of the daparting Cathay Pacific Boeing 747 VR-HIJ

To read more about this incident please click 'HERE'

Leased to Japan Airlines (JAL) for joint JAL / Qantas services to Japan - May 22, 1992

The aircraft was operated in the standard J.A.L. livery with 'Qantas' titles on the rear fuselage

Operated first J.A.L. revenue service Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - Tokyo - May 23, 1992

Operated final J.A.L. revenue service Tokyo - Brisbane - March 28, 1994

Ferried Bisbane - Sydney (Kingsford Smith) on termination of the lease as QF212- March 29, 1994

Leased to Garuda Indonesian Airlines for Hadj flights - April 12, 1994

Operated Hadj flights in basic J.A.L. livery with Garuda titles and tail logo

Ferried Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - Jakarta as QF8530 - April 12, 1994

Returned to Qantas at Sydney (Kingsford Smith) on termination of the Garuda lease - June 24, 1994

Rolled out at Sydney (Kingsford Smith) in the standard Qantas livery as the 'City of Wagga Wagga' - July 17, 1994

Operated Perth - Sydney (Kingsford Smith) as QF580 and withdrawn from service - January 29, 2007

Returned to service Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - Perth as QF575 - March 30, 2007

Operated final revenue service Perth - Sydney (Kingsford Smith) as QF585 - April 14, 2007

Departed Sydney in the basic Qantas livery without titles on the ferry flight to the United States - May 24, 2007

Ferry route: Sydney - Honolulu - Rome (Griffis, New York)

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - May 30, 2007

Sold to Midair USA Incorporated, Rome, New York - June 20, 2007

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N747ZZ - June 21, 2007

Registered to Midair USA Incorporated

Stored at Rome, New York for reported lease to Transaero, Russia

The intended lease did not eventuate and aircraft was scrapped at Rome, New York State - May 2010

Observed cut into large pieces at Rome, New York - May 08, 2010

Cancelled from the United States Aircraft Register - September 01, 2010

Forward fuselage observed intact on main undercarriage at Rome - May 2014

 

VH-EBT. Qantas - in the original livery somewhere over Washington State, November 1984.

(Qantas Heritage Collection Copyright Image 4630-458.)

VH-EBT. Qantas - in the original livery somewhere over Washington State, November 1984.

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VH-EBT. Qantas - in the original livery somewhere over Washington State, November 1984.

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VH-EBT. Qantas - in the original livery somewhere over Washington State, November 1984.

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VH-EBT. Qantas - in the original livery somewhere over Washington State, November 1984.

(Qantas Heritage Collection Copyright Image 4630-457.)

VH-EBT. Qantas - the heart of this aircraft - the Rolls Royce RB211-524 engine.

(Qantas Heritage Collection Copyright Image 4630-460.)

VH-EBT. Qantas - 'City of Canberra' in the original livery at Auckland Airport, November 24, 1984.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4631-378.)

VH-EBT. Qantas - 'City of Canberra' in the original livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, April 1985.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4630-822.)

VH-EBT. Qantas - 'City of Canberra' in the original livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, April 1985.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4631-122.)

VH-EBT. Qantas The Spirit Of Australia - 'City of Canberra' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, August 1986.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4631-123.)

VH-EBT. Qantas The Spirit Of Australia - 'City of Wagga Wagga' in the standard livery at Frankfurt Airport, October 1989.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4631-124.)

VH-EBT. Qantas The Spirit Of Australia - 'City of Wagga Wagga' in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, October 1991.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4630-823.)

VH-EBT. Japan Airlines - in a modified livery with additional 'Qantas' titles at Brisbane Airport, June 1992.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4630-824.)

VH-EBT. Japan Airlines - in a modified livery with additional 'Qantas' titles at Tokyo Narita Airport, August 1992.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4631-136.)

VH-EBT. Garuda Indonesia - in the all-white livery at Jakarta Halim Airport, June 1994.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4630-825.)

VH-EBT. Garuda Indonesia - in the all-white livery at Jakarta Halim Airport, July 1994.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4631-125.)