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VH-EBI

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Winton

VH-EBI
29JUN61
Rolled out as 707-138B "Winton"
VH-EBI
07AUG61
First flown
VH-EBI
14AUG61
Accepted by Qantas
VH-EBI
16AUG61
Registered to Qantas Empire Airways Ltd
VH-EBI
17AUG61
Departed Seattle at 0657 on delivery to San Francisco
VH-EBI
17AUG61
Departed San Francisco for Honolulu-Nadi-Sydney.
San Francisco-Sydney: 13 hrs 44 mins (record)
Honolulu-Sydney: 9 hrs 28 mins (unofficial record)
Captains A.A.E. (Bert) Yates and Fred Fox
VH-EBI
19AUG61
Arrived Sydney at 0611. (TT: 20:18). This aircraft was delivered in the interim livery as were VH-EBH to VH-EBK inclusive.
VH-EBI
16SEP61
Departed Sydney at 1955 to the UK via the Southern Cross route, partially repainted in the V-Jet livery.
VH-EBI
14NOV61
Departed Sydney at 2157 on the inaugural jet flight to Tokyo (via Manila and Hong Kong). (Ref: PAT 103)
VH-EBI
31MAR65
Operated the inaugural service from Sydney to London via Vienna (Ref: PAT 116)
VH-EBI
03APR65
Operated the inaugural service from Brisbane to Manila and Hong Kong (Ref: PAT 121)
VH-EBI
31MAY65
Operated the first Australian troop charter to Tan Son Nhut Airport, Saigon.
VH-EBI
01JUN65
Arrived Sydney as QF120 (Capt Morris) from Saigon after carrying Australian troops to Vietnam. (Source: NAA 9341/1 & 2)
VH-EBI
05JUN65
Arrived Sydney as QF120 (Capt Morris) from Saigon after carrying Australian troops to Vietnam. (Source: NAA 9341/1 & 2)
VH-EBI
07JUN65
Arrived Sydney as QF120 (Capt Radford) from Saigon after carrying Australian troops to Vietnam. (Source: NAA 9341/1 & 2)
VH-EBI
09JUN65
Arrived Sydney as QF120 (Capt Harden) from Saigon after carrying Australian troops to Vietnam. (Source: NAA 9341/1 & 2)
VH-EBI
03SEP68
Departed Sydney at 1001 on its last Qantas service (to Auckland). Withdrawn from service and parked at Sydney.
N105BN
07JUN69
Sold to Braniff International Airways Inc via Regency Income Corp.
N105BN
24JUN69
Departed Sydney at 1500 on delivery to Dallas via Honolulu. Delivered in the Braniff cherry red livery. Struck off the Australian Register 25JUN69
N105BN
28JUN69
Arrived Dallas on delivery to Braniff
N105BN
26SEP73
Withdrawn from service and stored
N105BN
74
Traded in to Boeing
N105BN
JAN75
Registered to Great American Insurance Company by this date
N105BN
01NOV75
Delivered to Boeing
N105BN
JAN76
Registered to Boeing by this date
N105BN
18AUG76
Delivered to Atlas Air System of Miami
N105BN
17SEP76
Sold to Montana Flugdienst GMBH of Austria
OE-IRA
02OCT76
Noted at Stansted in Braniff green livery minus titles
OE-IRA
26OCT76
Noted crew training at Shannon in full Montana livery
OE-IRA
30OCT76
Delivered to Montana at Vienna
OE-IRA
07NOV76
Noted in service with Montana
OE-IRA
JUN77
Leased briefly to Aer Lingus
OE-IRA
03JUL77
Operated a Laker flight into Gatwick.
OE-IRA
14JUL77
Operated an Aer Lingus flight into Heathrow
OE-IRA
23JUL77
Operated an Aer Lingus flight into Heathrow
OE-IRA
07AUG77
Operated an Air India flight into Stansted
OE-IRA
18OCT77
Operated a TAP flight into Heathrow
OE-IRA
29OCT77
Operated a Laker flight into Gatwick
OE-IRA
18JUL78
Operated a JAT flight into Toronto
OE-IRA
07APR78
Operated an Aer Lingus flight into Birmingham
OE-IRA
08APR78
Operated an Aer Lingus flight into Glasgow
OE-IRA
26JUL78
Operated an Aer Lingus flight into Manchester
OE-IRA
02AUG78
Operated an Aer Lingus flight into Glasgow
OE-IRA
21AUG78
Operated a JAT charter into Prestwick
OE-IRA
01NOV78
Wet leased to Alitalia in Montana livery marked "Operated by Alitalia"
OE-IRA
31MAR79
Returned to Montana
OE-IRA
AUG80
Leased to Central Airways of Nigeria for Hadj flights between Nigeria and Jeddah. Named "City of ILORIN"
OE-IRA
SEP80
While operating Hadj flights of behalf of Nigeria Airways the right wing tip was damaged
OE-IRA
06OCT80
Arrived Dublin for repairs and return to Montana. Left hand side marked "In Service with Central Airways"
OE-IRA
22OCT80
Central titles removed and aircraft departed Dublin for Vienna
OE-IRA
APR81
Leased to Central Airways and once again named "City of ILORIN"
OE-IRA
81
Returned to Montana. Noted in Montana livery with Central Airways red and white chequered tail
OE-IRA
27JUL81
Operated Montana's last service (JFK to Vienna) before cessation of operations the following day. Aircraft stored at Vienna with Central titles and name "City of ILORIN" on left hand side and Montana titles on right hand side.
OE-IRA
OCT81
Registration cancelled and aircraft stored at Vienna without titles (AL187/12)
OE-URA
14NOV82
Arrived at Stansted from Vienna for maintenance having been sold to Air Lease Egypt.
OE-URA
17DEC82
Departed for Cairo
SU-FAB
25MAR83
Noted at Orly on lease to Egypt Air (AL199/16)
SU-FAB
FEB84
Used by Misr Overseas Cargo
SU-FAB
JUL85
To West Coast Airlines
SU-FAB
DEC85
Based at Manston, UK with West Coast Airlines (AL230/9)
SU-FAB
04APR86
Ferried from Manston to Hurn.
Contribution from Ian Gurney: "I was a BA copilot on 707s and a man called Mike Davis phoned me up one day and asked if I would get a crew together and take SU-FAB from Manston to Bournemouth, Hurn. When I asked who the skipper should be he said 'You'! Thus I flew my first heavy command with copilot Sam Small and engineer Brian Morgan. The aircraft had been at Manston for some time. It was still in pax config and the interior was a complete mess with white aluminium oxide powder coming out from between the tuning knobs of the VHF radios. The cabin stank and the seats were covered in a green mold. Luckily it was a cold clear day with excellent visibility. When we took off, the gear wouldn't come up. Only one comm radio worked, no nav aids worked and the nav kit, a Loran C I think, didn't work either (we later discovered most of its boxes had been pinched from the lower 41). So we eye-balled our way along the south coast. The strong northerly and light weight made me land on the 1800m northerly runway at Hurn. When we got on the ground, the nose wheel steering was almost immoveable. We departed Manston R/W 09 at 1425Z and arrived Hurn R/W 35 at 1515Z. Quite a first flight for me! Mike Davis owned Air Crew Leasing and he was buying old 707s and flying them to Davis Monthan for the Boeing Military Co who were using the tail feathers and engineers panel etc., to mod KC-135s to take the larger fan engines."
N245AC
JUN86
Registered to Air Crew Leasing Inc, Washington, DC (AL237/11)
N245AC
26JUN86
Repainted as N245AC at Bournmouth (AL237/11)
N245AC
30JUN86
Sold to Boeing Military (AL238/11)
N245AC
AUG86
Registration cancelled
N245AC
91
Broken up at Tucson


 

 


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Issue
Date
Remarks
9
16AUG17
Added an image of the aircraft being rolled out at Renton.
8
30JUN17
Added an image of the aircraft as OE-IRA thanks to Peter Gates.
7
04MAR16
Added an image of the aircraft as SU-FAB with Egypt Air. Thanks to Peter Gates.
6
16OCT15
Added an image of the aircraft as OE-URA.
5
06OCT07
Added the date and times for the ferry flight of SU-FAB. See 04APR86.
4
27SEP07
Added an anecdote from Ian Gurney. See 1985.
3
26JUN07
Added references to Vietnam troop charters in May & June 1965.
2
03FEB07
Added reference to interim livery on delivery.
1
27JUL06
Created individual page for this aircraft. Archived Updates for combined B707-138B list.

 

NOTES

1
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.