As the nation celebrates the 75th anniversary of the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, it is appropriate that this Australian icon should feature in Nikyla's latest painting of an Australian aviation icon. The painting captures the arrival in Australia of VH-EBA, the first Boeing 707-138 ordered by Qantas and the first jet aeroplane on the Australian Register of Civil Aircraft. The release of this painting, the first of three commissioned by Qantas, coincides with VH-EBA's triumphant return to Australia for permanent display at the Qantas Founders Outback Museum in Longreach. Apart from its significance to Australia, this aeroplane is an exhibit of world significance as it was also the first American jet airliner sold to a foreign customer. Thanks to the efforts of many dedicated volunteers who recognised the aeroplane's heritage value to the nation, VH-EBA will now be preserved for future generations to admire.

All images © 2007 Nikyla Amanda Smith


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