VH-ECB. Boeing 747-238B-SCD. c/n 21977-409.

 

This aircraft was ordered new by Qantas Airways Ltd - February 1978

It was the first Qantas Airways Boeing 747 powered by Rolls-Royce engines

Allocated the Boeing Block Number RD532

Rolled off the Boeing production line at Everett (Paine Field) - October 04, 1979

First flown - October 25, 1979

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-ECB - November 14, 1979

Registered to Qantas Airways Ltd, Sydney

Accepted by H. McCarroll for Qantas Airways at Everett (Paine Field) - November 14, 1979

This was the 52nd Boeing airliner delivered new to Qantas Airways

It was the 18th Boeing 747 delivered to Qantas Airways

It was named 'City of Swan Hill' by Mayor of Swan Hill at Everett (Paine Field) - November 15, 1979

Ferried Seattle - San Francisco as QF501D - November 15, 1979

Operated first revenue service San Francisco - Sydney (Kingsford Smith) as QF4 - November 15, 1979

Arrived Sydney (Kingsford Smith) on completion of the delivery flight - November 17, 1979

Delivery route: Seattle - San Francisco - Honolulu - Sydney

Operated inaugural Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - Los Angeles service (Captain G. Molloy) as QF11 - August 01, 1980

This aircraft was utilised to transport 6 koalas from Australia to a Japanese zoo - October 1984

The service dubbed 'The Koala Express' and operated Sydney - Brisbane - Tokyo as QF21 - October 24, 1984

Commemorative nose art was applied to the aircraft to mark the occasion

Converted to full passenger configuration from Combi comfiguration (passengers + 7 pallets) - 1995

Operated final revenue service Tokyo - Sydney (Kingsford Smith) as QF20 - April 21, 2002

Withdrawn from use at Sydney (Kingsford Smith) and prepared for storage - April 22, 2002

The aircraft had flown 93,021 hours and 19,876 cycles

Qantas titles and logos were removed at Sydney (Kingsford Smith)

Ferried Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - Honolulu as QF7571 - April 30, 2002

Ferried Honolulu - Marana as QF6019 - April 30, 2002

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - May 24, 2002

Observed in delelict condition on belly minus undercarriage, engine, cockpit at Pinal Air Park, Marana

Scrapped at Pinal Air Park - December 03, 2002

 

VH-ECB. Qantas Australia - in the all-metal livery with additional '1st RR Powered 747 For Qantas' titles at Everett, 1979.

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VH-ECB. Qantas Australia - in the all-metal livery on the Boeing Production Line at Everett, 1979.

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VH-ECB. Qantas Australia - in the all-metal livery on the Boeing Production Line at Everett, 1979.

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VH-ECB. Qantas Australia - in the all-metal livery on the Boeing Production Line at Everett, 1979.

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VH-ECB. Qantas Australia - in the all-metal livery on the Boeing Production Line at Everett, 1979.

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VH-ECB. Qantas Australia - in the all-metal livery on the Boeing Production Line at Everett, 1979.

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VH-ECB. Qantas Australia - in the all-metal livery on the Boeing Production Line at Everett, 1979.

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VH-ECB. Qantas Australia - in the all-metal livery on the Boeing Production Line at Everett, 1979.

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VH-ECB. Qantas Australia - in the all-metal livery on the Boeing Production Line at Everett, 1979.

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VH-ECB. Qantas Australia - in the all-metal livery on the Boeing Production Line at Everett, 1979.

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VH-ECB. Qantas Australia - 'City of Swan Hill' in the 'ochre' livery at Everett Paine Field, November 1979.

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VH-ECB. Qantas Australia - 'City of Swan Hill' in the 'ochre' livery at Everett Paine Field, November 1979.

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VH-ECB. Qantas Australia - 'City of Swan Hill' in the 'ochre' livery at Everett Paine Field, November 1979.

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VH-ECB. Qantas Australia - 'City of Swan Hill' in the 'ochre' livery over Washington State, November 1979.

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VH-ECB. Qantas Australia - 'City of Swan Hill' in the 'ochre' livery over Washington State, November 1979.

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VH-ECB. Qantas Australia - 'City of Swan Hill' in the 'ochre' livery over Washington State, November 1979.

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VH-ECB. Qantas Australia - 'City of Swan Hill' in the 'ochre' livery over Washington State, November 1979.

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VH-ECB. Qantas Australia - 'City of Swan Hill' in the 'ochre' livery over Washington State, November 1979.

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VH-ECB. Qantas Australia - 'City of Swan Hill' in the 'ochre' livery over Washington State, November 1979.

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VH-ECB. Qantas Australia - 'City of Swan Hill' in the 'ochre' livery over Washington State, November 1979.

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VH-ECB. Qantas Australia - 'City of Swan Hill' in the 'ochre' livery over Washington State, November 1979.

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VH-ECB. Qantas Australia - 'City of Swan Hill' in the 'ochre' livery over Washington State, November 1979.

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VH-ECB. Qantas Australia - 'City of Swan Hill' in the 'ochre' livery over Washington State, November 1979.

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VH-ECB. Qantas Australia - 'City of Swan Hill' in the 'ochre' livery over Washington State, November 1979.

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VH-ECB. Qantas Australia - 'City of Swan Hill' in the 'ochre' livery over Washington State, November 1979.

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VH-ECB. Qantas Australia - 'City of Swan Hill' in the 'ochre' livery over Washington State, November 1979.

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VH-ECB. Qantas Australia - 'City of Swan Hill' in the 'ochre' livery over Washington State, November 1979.

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VH-ECB. Qantas Australia - 'City of Swan Hill' in the 'ochre' livery over Washington State, November 1979.

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VH-ECB. Qantas Australia - 'City of Swan Hill' in the 'ochre' livery over Washington State, November 1979.

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VH-ECB. Qantas Australia - 'City of Swan Hill' in the 'ochre' livery over Washington State, November 1979.

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VH-ECB. Qantas Australia - 'City of Swan Hill' in the 'ochre' livery over Washington State, November 1979.

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VH-ECB. Qantas Australia - 'City of Swan Hill' in the 'ochre' livery over Washington State, November 1979.

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VH-ECB. Qantas Australia - 'City of Swan Hill' in the 'ochre' livery over Washington State, November 1979.

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VH-ECB. Qantas Australia - 'City of Swan Hill' in the 'ochre' livery over Washington State, November 1979.

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VH-ECB. Qantas Australia - 'City of Swan Hill' in the 'ochre' livery over Washington State, November 1979.

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

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VH-ECB. Qantas Australia - 'City of Swan Hill' in the 'ochre' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, May 1980.

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VH-ECB. Qantas Australia - 'City of Swan Hill' in the 'ochre' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, September 1980.

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VH-ECB. Qantas Australia - 'City of Swan Hill' in the 'ochre' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, circa 1981.

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VH-ECB. Qantas Australia - 'City of Swan Hill' in the 'ochre' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, circa 1981.

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VH-ECB. Qantas Australia - 'City of Swan Hill' in the 'ochre' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, circa 1981.

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VH-ECB. Qantas Australia - 'City of Swan Hill' in the 'ochre' livery with additional 'Official Carrier Commonwealth Games Brisbane 1982' titles at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, September 1981.

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VH-ECB. Qantas Australia - 'City of Swan Hill' in the 'ochre' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, August 1984.

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VH-ECB. Qantas Australia - 'City of Swan Hill' in the 'ochre' livery with additional 'Koala Express' artwork at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, October 1984.

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VH-ECB. Qantas Australia - 'City of Swan Hill' in the 'ochre' livery with additional 'Koala Express' artwork at Brisbane Airport, October 1984.

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