VH-EBD

 

VH-EBD

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City of Brisbane

VH-EBD
11JUN59
Rolled out as 707-138
VH-EBD
15JUL59
First flown
VH-EBD
01AUG59
Accepted by Qantas.
Boeing delivery date to Qantas (Ref: HAI D20)
VH-EBD
03AUG59
Registered to Qantas Empire Airways Ltd
VH-EBD
04AUG59
Departed Seattle at 0600 on delivery to Sydney
VH-EBD
05AUG59
Passed through Heathrow on delivery. Subsequent photos at Karachi and Singapore confirm that the aeroplane was delivered without name or coat of arms. Evidently the aeroplane was painted as "City of Brisbane" sometime between arriving in Sydney and entering service.
VH-EBD
12AUG59
Arrived Sydney at 2019
VH-EBD
AUG59
Photographed at Avalon during crew training.
VH-EBD
14OCT59
Departed Sydney at 1610 on its first service (to San Francisco)
VH-EBD
16NOV60
Carried a "Round the World" commemorative airmail from Sydney to London via the Southern Cross route to mark the 40th anniversary of Qantas. The mail originated in Winton. From London the mail was carried to Sydney via the Kangaroo route on VH-EBB. (Ref: PAT 99)
VH-EBD
23AUG61
During maintenance at Sydney the nose gear retracted, fatally injuring an apprentice
VH-EBD
08OCT61
Departed Sydney at 1900 on regular service to San Francisco after which it positioned to Seattle for 707-138B conversion
VH-EBD
10OCT61
Arrived Seattle at 1630 (TT: 6201:53)
VH-EBD
16NOV61
Test flown for 1 hr 29 mins
VH-EBD
17NOV61
Returned to Qantas and positioned from Seattle to San Francisco
VH-EBD
18NOV61
Departed San Francisco on the regular service to Sydney
VH-EBD
20NOV61
Arrived Sydney at 0715. (TT: 6220:07)
VH-EBD
21NOV61
Entered paint shop for V-Jet fin and rudder repaint
VH-EBD
23NOV61
Repaint completed
VH-EBD
07DEC61
Departed Sydney at 1100 on the inaugural 707 service to Noumea under the command of Captain Ken Nicholson
VH-EBD
07SEP63
Departed Sydney at 1653 for Brisbane to operate the inaugural service from Brisbane to Honolulu
VH-EBD
04OCT63
Departed Sydney at 1615 on the inaugural service to Singapore
VH-EBD
22NOV63
Departed Sydney at 1955 on the inaugural Papeete service (via Nadi) (Ref: PAT 112)
VH-EBD
24MAY65
Departed Sydney at 1133 on the inaugural Vienna service
VH-EBD
AUG67
Photographed at San Francisco
VH-EBD
19NOV67
Departed Sydney at 0944 on its last Qantas service (to Vancouver)
VH-EBD
29DEC67
British Eagle crew training commenced
VH-EBD
05JAN68
Struck off Australian Register
G-AVZZ
06JAN68
Registered to British Eagle. Named "Enterprise"
G-AVZZ
08JAN68
Departed Sydney at 0735 for crew training at Avalon until 31JAN68
G-AVZZ
01FEB68
Departed Sydney at 0905 on delivery to British Eagle
G-AVZZ
03FEB68
Arrived Heathrow on delivery in full British Eagle livery
G-AVZZ
FEB68
Following crew training at Prestwick and Stansted, the aircraft operated a proving flight from Heathrow to Nassau. The aircraft was used on inclusive tour charters from the U.K. to the Caribbean and on inclusive tour flights from London to Alicante, Gerona, Malaga, Palma, Rimini, Rome, Santiago, Split, Tenerife and Venice. (Source: "British Independent Airlines since 1946" p.101 by A.C. Merton Jones)
G-AVZZ
06NOV68
British Eagle declared bankrupt
G-AVZZ
23JAN69
Leased to Laker Airways (Leasing) Ltd.
G-AVZZ
03FEB69
Delivered to Laker Airways at Gatwick. Operated inclusive tour flights in an all-economy 158 seat configuration. Destinations included the Canary Islands and North Africa. (Source: "British Independent Airlines since 1946" pp.257-258 by A.C. Merton Jones)
G-AVZZ
MAR70
Sub-leased to Nigeria Airways
G-AVZZ
13DEC70
Sub-leased to International Caribbean Airways of Barbados which had been formed in September 1970. The company was owned 51% by the Government of Barbados and 49% by Laker Airways (International) Limited. Operated a weekly scheduled low cost service between Luxembourg and Barbados. Gatwick was added to the route in December 1971 and by 1976 the route was flown four times weekly. (Source: "British Independent Airlines since 1946" pp.257-258 by A.C. Merton Jones).
G-AVZZ
28MAY77
Slightly damaged by ground power unit at Gatwick
G-AVZZ
19APR78
Photographed at Basel, Switzerland.
G-AVZZ
03NOV78
Stored at Gatwick with titles removed
N500JJ
08DEC78
Delivered from Gatwick to Maxton, North Carolina on sale to Charlotte Aircraft. Sold to IASCO same day
N500JJ
14NOV79
Sunnyside Holdings Inc, New York
N500JJ
08DEC79
Noted at Orlando, Florida awaiting refurbishing by Page Airways. Still in Laker livery without titles
N500JJ
07JUN80
Noted at Orlando
N500JJ
13JUN80
Noted at Paris, Le Bourget. Reportedly for use by Sheikh A. M. Baroom.
N500JJ
NOV81
Parked at Le Bourget in basic Laker livery
N500JJ
JUL83
Scrapped at Paris, Le Bourget (AL224/15)


 

 


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Issue
Date
Remarks
3
08MAY12
Added a photo of G-AVZZ during British Eagle crew training at Avalon in January 1968. Thanks to Michael Philpott.
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05JAN07
Photographic evidence indicates that the aeroplane was delivered without name or coat of arms.
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.