VH-EAG

 

VH-EAG

19627
707
1278
7818

City of Hobart
Alice Springs

VH-EAG
02APR68
Rolled out as 707-338C
VH-EAG
30APR68
First flown
VH-EAG
11MAY68
Handed over to Qantas as "City of Hobart"
VH-EAG
16MAY68
Registered to Qantas Airways Ltd.
VH-EAG
16MAY68
Departed Seattle on delivery to Sydney via Honolulu as QF051.D.142 (STD 1700Z)
Operating Crew:
Captain C.G. Fox
Captain L.W. Clark
Second Officer M.Q. Blackley (HNL/SYD only)
Navigation Officer R. Chilvers
Navigation Officer W.B. Short (HNL/SYD only)
Flight Engineer E.W. Fargas
Flight Steward R.C. Curley
(Source: Planning Notice XP.098/68 of 09MAY68 supplied by retired FSD Russ Curley)
VH-EAG
18MAY68
Arrived Sydney at 1538. (TT: 24:14)
VH-EAG
11JUN68
First B707 to land at Melbourne, Tullamarine Airport. Operated publicity and courtesy flights. Captain D. Harden
VH-EAG
23JUN68
Departed Sydney at 0759 for Brisbane, Auckland and Sydney on its first service.
VH-EAG
05MAY70
Photographed departing the Sydney International Terminal two days after its opening.
VH-EAG
27MAR74
VH-EAG
22FEB74
Renamed "Alice Springs"
VH-EAG
27DEC74
Operated a Cyclone Tracy relief flight from Darwin with 271 evacuees
VH-EAG
29DEC74
Operated a Cyclone Tracy relief flight from Darwin with 226 evacuees
VH-EAG
25NOV76
VH-EAG
02FEB79
Operated the last B707 service through Brisbane (QF95/QF96 SYD/BNE/POM/BNE/SYD)
VH-EAG
13FEB79
Operated an Antarctic flight out of Adelaide.
VH-EAG
24MAR79
Operated the last B707 service to Christchurch.
VH-EAG
25MAR79
Departed Sydney at 1100 as QF50 to Auckland on the last scheduled Qantas B707 service. Captains P. Oakley and G. Molloy.
VH-EAG
25MAR79
Departed Sydney at 2115 on a special one hour charter flight under the command of Captain John Blair.
VH-EAG
26MAR79
Operated the QF16 service from Sydney to Melbourne with 104 pax stranded by an ATC strike. The return QF16P from Melbourne to Sydney was the very last Qantas Boeing 707 flight (with only 4 passengers - a family of BA staff!). Departed Melbourne at 0916K under the command of Captain A. Wickes
VH-EAG
30MAR79
Struck off Australian Register on sale to RAAF. (TT:38013 Landings: 14498)
A20-627
07APR79
Rolled out at Mascot in basic Qantas colours but with RAAF roundels applied. Call-sign VM-NUR.
A20-627
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Named "Windsor Town".
A20-627
-
Modified as a tanker.
A20-627
22DEC79
A20-627
06OCT82
Arrived Brisbane from London at 16:00 as "Regal One" with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for the closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Games on 09OCT82. (The opening ceremony on 30SEP was performed by the Duke of Edinburgh). The aircraft departed for Richmond at 17:11.
A20-627
09OCT82
Arrived Brisbane from Richmond at 14:00 and departed for Canberra at 17:45 as "Regal One" with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
A20-627
21FEB01
Withdrawn from service at Richmond and used for parts. (TT:50234.7 / RAAF:12175.1)
A20-627
20NOV09
The aircraft was dismantled at Richmond. The forward fuselage (back to the leading edge of the wing) will be preserved in the RAAF Museum at Point Cook. Earlier, the fin and rudder were removed for display at the Qantas Founders Museum in Longreach.
A20-627
22MAY10
The fin and rudder were photographed on a trailer at Mascot pending delivery to the Qantas Founders Outback Museum at Longreach.
A20-627
SEP11
The forward fuselage will now be going to HARS at Albion Park. (Source: HARS)
A20-627
06JUN15
Confirmed by HARS that the forward fuselage will be gifted by the Defence Dept to HARS for preservation. It was also reported that the remainder of the fuselage went to Holsworthy Barracks for anti-terrorist training. (Source: HARS)
A20-627
23JUL15
The forward fuselage was delivered to HARS at Albion Park. Reportedly the aircraft will be displayed in Qantas colours on one side and RAAF colours on the other.

 

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Issue
Date
Remarks
12
02MAY18
Added three images of the aircraft departing the newly opened Sydney International Terminal on 05MAY70. Thanks to Phil Vabre of the CAHS.
11
14DEC17
Added a close-up image of the special markings on VH-EAG for her last flight.
10
05NOV16
Added Royal flights by A20-627 on 06/09OCT82.
9
23JUL15
The forward fuselage was delivered to HARS at Albion Park.
8
09JUN15
Confirmation that the forward fuselage will be going to HARS at Albion Park.
7
07OCT14
Added an image of A20-627 photographed from the Perth Control Tower. Thanks to Geoff Goodall.
6
02OCT11
The forward fuselage will now be going to HARS at Albion Park.
5
29MAY10
Added two images of the fin and rudder en route to Longreach. Thanks to David Murphy for the photos.
4
02DEC09
Added details of the dismantling at Richmond.
3
24JUL08
Added RAAF date of retirement and hours flown as supplied by 33 Sqn.
2
26DEC06
Revised date that A20-627 was withdrawn from service.
1
27JUL06
Created individual page for this aircraft. Archived Updates for combined B707-338C/327C/349C list.

 

NOTES

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There are four numbers in the second column of each header. These are:

1. The Constructor's Number (c/n or Manufacturer's Serial Number)
2. The Line Number (The order in which final assembly began)
3. Cumulative Line Number (The order in which the aircraft were rolled out)
4. Engineering Block Number (Customer Number)

Note: During early production, the Line Number was often the same as the Cumulative Line Number.

Source: "The Boeing 707 & 720" Air-Britain 1972.
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Please forward any errors or updates to the Webmaster.
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These sources are gratefully acknowledged.