Boeing 747-238B VH-EBQ "JUMBO"
VH-EBQ, "City of Bunbury", was the first Qantas aircraft named after a West Australian provincial town, this was to mark the 150th Anniversary of Western Australia.
VH-EBQ was accepted from Boeing by Qantas on 10th December 1979. During its working life with Qantas it is estimated the aircraft carried over 5.4 million passengers and flew over 82.54 million kilometres - equivalent to more than 2000 trips around the world or ten round trips to the moon or indeed of ten years continuous flying.
After a period flying for Air Pacific, VH-EBQ returned to Qantas and in the last few months of service carried out one of the Bali bombing rescue flights.
VH-EBQ is unique having the only surviving Rolls Royce engine powered Boeing 747 SP or 200 series 'Jumbo' remaining. The few Rolls Royce engine aircraft in these series have all been scrapped.
A unique aviation exhibit world wide, VH-EBQ landed at Longreach on 16th November 2002.
VH-EBQ landing at Longreach (Photo: Allan Abbott)
Parked where the Avro once stood in front of the original QANTAS Hangar (Photo: Geoff Reichelt)
Secrets revealed - a section of the ceiling removed (Photo:Paul Clarke)[ top ]