QANTAS Retires Their Oldest Aircraft (Video)
Named 'City of Canberra', QANTAS' oldest aircraft in the fleet, a 747-400, registration VH-OJA, was flown to Wollongong Airport in New South Wales, Australia, to live out her final days as a museum piece.
A huge crowd gathered to witness her arrival reminiscent of a Saint Maarten encounter.
The QANTAS 747 left Sydney Airport and flew an altitude of just 4,000 feet for its 15-minute hop down to Wollongong Airport. In addition to the 747, the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society also houses a Qantas Lockheed Constellation.
This particular airframe holds the record for the longest ever non-stop commercial flight for its trip from London to Sydney in 1989. One of the pilots on board that record breaking flight was Captain Rob Greenop. "It's sad to see the old girl put out to pasture but it's nice to see her here rather than the sands in Nevada waiting to be broken up," Captain Greenop said. The plane has flown 85 million kilometers, which is equivalent to 110 return trips to the moon.
Of note, QANTAS is an acronym for "Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services"