VH-OJM. Boeing 747-438. c/n 25245-875.

 

This aircraft was the first of two new Boeing 747-438s ordered by Qantas Airways - January 31, 1990

Allocated the Boeing Block Number RT563

Rolled off the Boeing production line at Everett (Paine Field) - August 13, 1991

Powered by Rolls Royce RB211-524G2 engines

First flown as VH-OJM - August 30, 1991

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-OJM - September 17, 1991

Registered to Gosford Aircraft Ltd, Grand Cayman, British West Indies

Leased to Qantas Airways Ltd, Sydney as the registered operator

Aircraft named 'City of Gosford' at Everett - September 17, 1991

Accepted by S. Collins for Qantas Airways at Everett (Paine Field) - September 17, 1991

This was the 93rd Boeing airliner delivered new to Qantas Airways

It was the 43rd Boeing 747 delivered to Qantas Airways

Ferried Everett (Paine Field) - Vancouver by Captain D. Massy-Green as QF7413D - September 17, 1991

Operated first revenue service Vancouver - Sydney (Kingsford Smith) as QF531 - September 18, 1991

Arrived Sydney (Kingsford Smith) on completion of the delivery flight - September 20, 1991

Delivery route: Seattle - Vancouver - Sydney

Wet leased by Ansett Australia to cover temporary loss of 747 VH-INH - October 1994

Operated Ansett Australia service Sydney - Kansai - Brisbane - Sydney with small 'Ansett' titles

Ferried Sydney (KIngsford Smith) - Portland, Oregon as QF6023 for repainting - May 14, 2003

Aircraft renamed 'Gosford'

Registered to Montana Leasing Ltd - May 3, 2006

Leased to Qantas Airways Ltd, Sydney as the registered operator

Registered to TJT Leasing Pty Ltd - January 6, 2010

Leased to Qantas Airways Ltd as the registered operator

Operated last service Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - Hong Kong in the old livery as QF87 - June 03, 2011

Maintenance and full repaint into new corporate livery was carried out by HAECO, Hong Kong

Ferried Hong Kong - Singapore - Sydney (Kingsford Smith) in the new corporate livery as QF6022 - August 20, 2011

Returned to service Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - Tokyo (Narita) as QF21 - August 20, 2011

Registered to Qantas Airways Ltd, Sydney - January 06, 2012

Observed at Sydney (Kingsford Smith) with a temporary decal on the port side rear fuselage - February 16, 2016

Decal read 'Ideas That Travel In Partnership With TEDEX, Sydney'

This decal was to promote the first IT tech talk in the world staged whilst the aircraft was in-flight

Four Australian entrepreneurs conducted a live 'Tedx' talk onboard the aircraft as it

operated Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - San Francsico as QF-73 - February 17, 2016

The live feed was supplied to all the passengers on this flight

Aircraft celebrated its 25th birthday and is the oldest Boeing 747-438 in the Qantas fleet - September 17, 2016

It has flown 113,546 hours making it the highest time aircraft in Qantas history

Operated final revenue service Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - San Francisco as QF73 - July 30, 2017

Ferried San Francisco - Mojave as QF6019 - July 30, 2017

Withdrawn from service and placed in storage at Mojave

The aircraft had flown 117,323.46 hours with 13, 756 cycles

Observed at Mojave in the basic Qantas livery and without engines - August 03, 2017

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - August 14, 2017

This aircraft will be scrapped on-site

 

VH-OJM. Qantas The Spirit of Australia - 'City of Gosford' in the standard livery at Everett Paine Field, September 1991.

(S. Collins Copyright Image 4631-345.)

VH-OJM. Qantas The Spirit of Australia - 'City of Gosford' in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, October 1997.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4630-165.)

VH-OJM. Qantas The Spirit of Australia - 'Gosford' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, June 2003.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4630-069.)

VH-OJM. Qantas Spirit of Australia - 'Gosford' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, August 2005.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4630-091.)

VH-OJM. Qantas Spirit of Australia - 'Gosford' in the revised livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, March 11, 2014.

(T. Haynes Copyright Image 4631-174.)

VH-OJM. Qantas Spirit of Australia - 'Gosford' in the revised livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, March 11, 2014.

(T. Haynes Copyright Image 4631-175.)

VH-OJM. Qantas Spirit of Australia - 'Gosford' in the revised livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, May 27, 2016.

(A. Taylor Copyright Image 4631-374.)

VH-OJM. Qantas Spirit of Australia - 'Gosford' in the revised livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 01, 2017.

(A. Taylor Copyright Image 4631-373.)