QF Farewell the 747

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QF Farewell the 747

#1 Post by EA01 » Wed Jul 15, 2020 2:20 am

Just drove down to Surfers Paradise beach to watch the farewell flight of QANTAS 747-438 (VH-OEJ) Down the coast at 4000ft, a wide turn around Northern New South Wales, and back up the coast @ 2000ft, before climbing away back to BNE.

I've had some fantastic trans Pacific flights on QFs 747s over the years... :) ....... kinda sad to see it go, but well worth the effort to go down and watch it.

Funny thing was, both Southbound & Northbound, I looked around me, and for all the people walking up and down the Esplanade, not one person seemed to notice a piece of Aviation history passing them by...

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#2 Post by G-CPTN » Wed Jul 15, 2020 7:11 am

The first twin aisle airliner.

First flight: February 9, 1969.

It entered service with Pan Am on January 22, 1970.

Number built: 1,557 (incl. 2 undelivered Boeing testbeds) as of January 2020.

Variants: Boeing 747SP; Boeing 747-400; Boeing 747-8; Boeing VC-25; Boeing E-4.

Developed into: Boeing YAL-1; Boeing Dreamlifter.

Qantas has operated 65 747s, taking delivery of 57 new 747s from Boeing, purchasing three 747‑400s secondhand and operating five leased aircraft at various points.

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#3 Post by EA01 » Wed Jul 15, 2020 9:48 am

Correct G-CPTN, and i only just realised I posted this in 2 forums...sorry..

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#4 Post by Boac » Wed Jul 15, 2020 9:57 am

She was definitely my favourite aeroplane as a passenger - a real 'Queen of the Skies'.

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#5 Post by EA01 » Wed Jul 15, 2020 10:09 am

I was a big fan as well Boac!,....then I experienced the A350! :-bd

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