VH-EBB

 

VH-EBB

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City of Sydney
City of Canberra
City of Sydney

VH-EBB
01APR59
Rolled out as 707-138. Planned name “City of Sydney".
N31219
20MAY59
First flown as N31219
VH-EBB
26JUN59
Registered to Qantas Empire Airways Ltd and accepted by Qantas. Cost £2,185,000
VH-EBB
30JUN59
Departed Seattle at 0500 on its delivery flight. As it was the first Qantas 707 to be delivered, it was renamed "City of Canberra" for the delivery flight. (Subsequently, it reverted to its planned name "City of Sydney" as the name "City of Canberra" was taken up by VH-EBC to operate the inaugural Qantas 707 service). Curiously, photographs of the delivery flight at Honolulu show that VH-EBB did not carry any name, externally at least, although the Sydney Coat of Arms remained on both sides of the nose. The delivery flight of VH-EBB was commanded by Capt A.A.E. Yates and set several civil speed records:
San Francisco - Honolulu: 4 hrs 49 mins
Honolulu - Nadi: 5 hrs 34 mins
Nadi - Sydney: 4 hrs 47 mins
VH-EBB
02JUL59
Arrived Sydney at 1348 on a Thursday. Flight time: 18 hrs 49 mins. First Qantas 707 to be delivered. Commanded by Capt Eric Robinson. (TT: 40:38)
VH-EBB
06JUL59
Flew Sydney-Melbourne in 56 minutes.
VH-EBB
06JUL59
After landing at Avalon, the pilots felt that the aircraft was pulling to the right. Inspection revealed a collapsed outer bearing on the rear, inner wheel of the starboard main undercarriage. As the wheel was seized on the axle and could not be removed, the aircraft was towed to the hangar with the wheel skidding. Even in the hangar the wheel could not be removed and the entire bogie was changed. (Source: NAA 58/476 pt3, Major Defects QEA, MD 185/59 via Colin Lock)
VH-EBB
21JUL59
Departed Sydney at 0730 on a proving flight to San Francisco and Vancouver.
VH-EBB
16AUG59
VH-EBB departed Sydney for San Francisco at 1925 on its first revenue service, however number 3 engine was shut down because of low oil pressure and the aircraft turned back to Sydney. Because of crosswinds in Sydney, the aircraft diverted to Brisbane where it landed at 2325. Read the full story The Day the Qantas 707 Fleet Diverted to Brisbane
VH-EBB
09SEP59
Departed Sydney at 1605 on its first service to London via San Francisco
VH-EBB
19NOV60
Carried a "Round the World" commemorative airmail from London to Sydney via the Kangaroo route to mark the 40th anniversary of Qantas. The mail, which originated in Winton on 16NOV60, had been carried from Sydney to London via the Southern Cross route on VH-EBD. (Ref: PAT 99)
VH-EBB
11SEP61
Departed Sydney on return to Boeing in Seattle for conversion to 707-138B
VH-EBB
12SEP61
Arrived Seattle at 1205. (TT: 6350:32)
VH-EBB
17OCT61
Test flying
VH-EBB
19OCT61
Test flying completed (6:15)
VH-EBB
19OCT61
Returned to Qantas
VH-EBB
23OCT61
Departed Seattle at 1502 on return to Sydney
VH-EBB
24OCT61
Arrived Sydney at 0930. (TT: 6371:32)
VH-EBB
06JUN63
Photographed at London, Heathrow.
VH-EBB
27MAR67
Departed Sydney at 1130 on its last Qantas service (to London via Kangaroo Route)
VH-EBB
27APR67
Struck off Australian Register
N790SA
04MAY67
Sold to Seymour R. Gross of Chicago as N790SA. (TT: 24167:00 Landings: 11867)
N790SA
06MAY67
Leased to Standard Airways
N790SA
AUG68
Used in movie "Lost Flight" with Lloyd Bridges. Carried Standard Airways livery with "Transpacific Airlines" titles
N790SA
AUG68
Leased to El Al
N790SA
AUG68
Returned to Standard Airways
N790SA
AUG69
Standard Airways ceased operations and aircraft impounded at Las Vegas
D-ADAP
31JAN71
Sold to Air Commerz, Hamburg.
D-ADAP
09MAY71
Arrived Hamburg on delivery
D-ADAP
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Leased by Merpati Nusantara
D-ADAP
01SEP72
Impounded by Aer Lingus at Dublin. Air Commerz declared bankrupt three days later
N790SA
08AUG73
Sold to Frederick B. Ayer and Assoc, Geneva, Switzerland and ferried from Dublin to Marana, Arizona for storage
N790SA
31OCT75
Registered to F.B. Ayer
N790SA
28MAR76
Arrived Stansted for overhaul
N790SA
28MAY76
Photographed at Stansted in full Turk Hava Yollari livery but still marked as N790SA.
TC-JBN
05JUN76
Noted at Stansted in full Turk Hava Yollari livery. Had been mistakenly registered as TC-JBP. Aircraft named "Ceyhan"
TC-JBN
18JUN76
Registered TC-JBN to Turk Hava Yollari. (Source: www.ole-nikolajsen.com)
TC-JBN
24JUN76
Delivered ex Southend (Stansted?) to THY
TC-JBN
18DEC77
Struck off the Turkish Register. (Source: www.ole-nikolajsen.com)
N790FA
18DEC77
Returned to FBA Corp
N790FA
15FEB78
Delivered to Israel Aircraft Industries, Tel Aviv
N790FA
28SEP78
Delivered to Jet Aviation, Basel, Switzerland ex HAECO, Hong Kong for executive conversion
N790FA
JUN79
Executive conversion completed. Sold to Lowa Ltd and operated by Private Jet Services of Basel (a Jet Aviation subsidiary)
N790FA
01AUG79
Arrived Sydney from Perth with the Foreign Minister of the State of Oman. (TT: 35434:00)
N790FA
04AUG79
Departed Sydney at 1200 for Auckland
N790FA
MAR82
Noted at Munich.
N790FA
MAR85
Stored at Basle.
N790FA
DEC86
Registered to Community Transport Inc, San Antonio TX (AL243/12)
N790FA
JUN88
Registered to Exec Aire Inc, San Antonio TX (AL261/12)
N790FA
DEC88
Registered to Jetran Inc, San Antonio (AL267/11)
N138SR
NOV90
Re-registered to Comtran International Inc (AL290/10)
Jetran were renamed Comtran International Inc (AL277/12)
N138SR
08FEB93
Ferried Amman-Gander-San Antonio (AL317/12)
N138SR
19MAR94
Noted at Prague (AL329/15)
N138SR
08MAY94
Noted at Paris, Le Bourget with Republique du Congo titles (AL331/13)
N138SR
26AUG94
Photographed at Melbourne.
N138SR
DEC94
Photographed at Zurich.
N138SR
11FEB95
Noted at Bangkok with AK on the tail. (AL345/14)
The "AK" is believed to represent arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi who is known to have chartered the aircraft from Comtran International for a time.
N138SR
22APR95
Noted at Orlando with AK on the tail (AL343/14)
N138SR
09JUL95
Noted at Nice with AK on the tail (AL345/14)
N138SR
OCT95
Photographed with AK on the tail.
N138SR
25SEP96
Noted at Amsterdam with Kingdom Entertainment titles and tail logo. In use by Michael Jackson. (AL359/15).
N138SR
28AUG98
Damaged beyond repair in an arson attack on the cockpit while the aircraft was parked at Port Harcourt, Nigeria. The damage was not discovered until 05SEP98 when the Comtran crew arrived to ferry the aircraft back to the USA. Operator also shown as Jaffe Group.
N138SR
16APR05
Noted at Port Harcourt, Nigeria. Reported as "withdrawn from use". (AL466/23)
N138SR
05-07
Based on Google Earth imagery, the aircraft was present on 24DEC03 but gone by 26DEC07. Taking into account the above sighting on 16APR05, the aircraft must have been broken up sometime between 16APR05 and 26DEC07. A PPRuNe correspondent witnessed the aircraft being broken up but the date was not recorded.


 

 


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Issue
Date
Remarks
12
14DEC17
Added an image of the aircraft in full THY livery as N790SA. Thanks to Firuz Altingoz.
11
02SEP17
Added confirmation that the aircraft has been broken up.
10
01SEP17
Added an image of N138SR derelict at Port Harcourt.
9
27MAR16
Added 4 new images of the delivery flight. Also added a discussion about the name carried by VH-EBB for its delivery flight. See 30JUN59.
8
24AUG15
Added an image of N138SR at Melbourne in 1994 thanks to Paul Hockey.
7
22APR14
Added two new images. Image 1 Image 2
6
12JUN12
Added two photographs of the instrument panel of VH-EBB. Thanks to Phil Vabre of the Civil Aviation Historical Society. See 02JUL59.
5
27JUN10
Revised the entry regarding the diversion to Brisbane on 16AUG59.
4
12MAY10
Made several corrections and additions to the entry regarding the diversion to Brisbane on 16AUG59.
3
18APR07
Added dates on and off the Turkish Register.
2
26AUG06
Added a reference to an incident at Avalon on 06JUL59.
1
27JUL06
Created individual page for this aircraft. Archived Updates for combined B707-138B 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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These sources are gratefully acknowledged.