VH-OJH. Boeing 747-438. c/n 24806-807.

 

This was the second of two Boeing 747-438s ordered new by Qantas Airways - October 18, 1988

Allocated the Boeing Block Number RT558

Rolled off the Boeing production line at Everett (Paine Field) - July 23, 1990

Powered by Rolls Royce RB211-524G2 engines

First flown as VH-OJH - August 14, 1990

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-OJH - August 30, 1990

Registered to Koala FSC Limited, Bermuda

Leased to Qantas Airways Ltd, Sydney as the registered operator

Aircraft named 'City of Darwin' at Everett (Paine Field) - August 30, 1990

Ferried Everett (Paine Field) - Las Vegas as QF7448D - August 30, 1990

Accepted by T. Ford for Qantas Airways at Las Vegas - August 30, 1990

This was the 85th Boeing airliner delivered new to Qantas Airways

It was the 38th Boeing 747 delivered to Qantas Airways

Ferried Las Vegas - Vancouver as QF7448D - August 30, 1990

Operated first revenue service Vancouver - Sydney (Kingsford Smith) as QF587 - September 02, 1990

Arrived Sydney (Kingsford Smith) on completion of the delivery flight - September 03, 1990

Delivery route: Everett - Las Vegas - Vancouver - Sydney

Aircraft was badly damaged in a landing accident at Bangkok International Airport - September 23, 1999

During the landing roll the aircraft hydroplaned and overran the end of runway 21L which was wet from heavy rain

Touchdown occured 1,000 metres down runway with the P.I.C. not applying reverse thrust to slow the aircraft

Entered the limited runway overrun at approximatey 88 kts before continuing on into an adjacent field

Nose landing gear and one main landing gear separated before the aircraft came to rest

Twenty-eight passengers sufferred minor injuries

To view and download complete accident report click 'HERE'

Repaired and returned to service - ?

Registered to RIL Aviation OJH Pty Ltd / Allco Finance Group Ltd, Sydney - November 14, 2005

Leased to Qantas Airways Ltd, Sydney as the registered operator

Operated 'last' revenue service Los Angeles - Melbourne (Tullamarine) as QF94 - July 13 - 15, 2009

Ferried Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Melbourne (Avalon) for storage as QF6195 - July 15, 2009

Ferried Melbourne (Avalon) - Sydney (Kingsford Smith) as QF6195 - December 11, 2009

Returned to service Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - Johannesburg as QF63 - December 13, 2009

Adverised for sale by DVB Aviation Asset Management - July 05, 2011

Aircraft had flown 89,881 hours with 11,478 cycles to date

Operated final revenue service Johannesburg - Sydney (Kingsford Smith) as QF64 - September 03 - 04, 2012

Observed withdrawn from service and without titles and logo at Sydney Airport - September 15, 2012

Departed Sydney (Kingsford Smith) on the ferry flight to Los Angeles as QF6109 - October 03, 2012

Ferried Los Angeles - Marana for storage as QF6019 - October 04, 2012

Ferry route: Sydney - Los Angeles - Marana

Offered for immediate sale by DVB Aviation Asset Management

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - November 20, 2012

Observed at Marana minus engines but otherwise intact in the basic Qantas livery - December 02, 2012

Airframe scrapped at Marana - 2013

 

VH-OJH. Qantas The Spirit Of Australia - 'City of Darwin' in the standard livery at Frankfurt Airport, October 1990.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4631-372.)

VH-OJH. Qantas The Spirit Of Australia - 'City of Darwin' in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, March 1996.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4631-214.)

VH-OJH. Qantas The Spirit Of Australia - 'City of Darwin' in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, May 1996.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4630-162.)

VH-OJH. Qantas The Spirit Of Australia - 'City of Darwin' in the standard livery at Frankfurt Airport, September 2007.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4630-192.)