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VH OJA off to a museum

Old 9th Mar 2015, 02:36
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Geez, some of you guys need to get your sarcasm meters adjusted. I'm pretty sure Madame was taking the piss.

Does anyone think they spent 25 hours just shooting approaches onto that runway? I suspect they would have done lots of go arounds both all engine and engine out, three engine approaches and go arounds, windshear escape manoeuvres (always interesting with that sort of terrain around), rejected landings, maybe some TCAS stuff from a potentially errant lightie and of course a few circuits. Now add similar stuff in for the F/O as well with the difficulty and lost time of sim resets and I can see 25 hours without too much difficulty.

Imagine had they not done that work and something had gone awry. I can see the PPRuNe crowd shouting 'why didn't they do more work in the sim'. Sometimes when it's got a red tail with a white marsupial on it you're just destined to be slagged no matter what you do.
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Old 9th Mar 2015, 04:26
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Keg,
I'm not sure why - but this thread seems to have brought quite a few of them out of the woodwork.
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Old 9th Mar 2015, 05:20
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Sometimes when it's got a red tail with a white marsupial on it you're just destined to be slagged no matter what you do

Keg,

Jealousy is such a curse!
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Old 9th Mar 2015, 05:35
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Say as you will Keg. This is just an incredible inspirational dream for these up and coming young aviators.

http://youtu.be/qFqJNhX_hNI (The "Queen of the Skies", our VH-OJA as QF7474)

Just freeze it Keg at 2.31 and really observe the look on that young fella dressed smartly in his blue uniform. The look of pride, inspired dedication and probably a fulfilled dream to even have the ‘opportunity’ to stand before and shake the hand of such skilled and elite Capt’s.

I personaly wish I was that young girl standing so proudly beside her colleague. The music, the vision and the poured out display of dedication to our unique and legacy carrier on this video should be something that all Australians can be proud of.

Those young people will be wearing that cap with scrambled egg one day Keg. The crew of VH-OJA will make that happen. As Gas Bags said, I also hope they all write a book about this experience. This approach and landing will, as suggested, go down in Australian aviation history. This approach and landing will make the future Qantas Captain and the dream to be.

This stuff really makes a woman well up.

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Old 9th Mar 2015, 05:51
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"This stuff really makes a woman well up."

Like the one heard on the youtube vid - orgasming as OJA was on short finals?
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Old 9th Mar 2015, 10:14
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The locals in the Illawarra haven't stopped talking about OJA's arrival all day today (Mon), they are pretty proud to have her, so a win win for all concerned. It really was nice to hear live the crowd cheering when she landed with all the chatter that followed.

Qantas lands its first 747-400 at tiny Illawarra airport | Plane Talking

I like the line in this video

"That's why he's getting paid for his job mate" punter speak for, "a textbook landing."

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Old 9th Mar 2015, 11:04
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from the flightdeck https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UoDKEGz9QMY
and the qantas vid
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFqJNhX_hNI
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Old 9th Mar 2015, 12:02
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We really are all a bunch of carnts.

I guarantee anyone one of us would have fallen over ourselves to be in the hot seat for such an occasion.

Many would have exchanged a particular left or right dangly bit between our legs. You can after all still stroke it with one
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Old 9th Mar 2015, 12:42
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No probs my friend. Having a rather large Scottish beer with her now and she sends her hugs and kisses. Many of us are having a giggle at what is goin on back home. Ditto with the delete. Stay safe champ.

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Old 9th Mar 2015, 21:26
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A long time and a long way from the Pilbara, Capt G M, flying N22S into WW2 airstrips, small saplings attacking the wing tips of CEI, if you read this, have a look at your 13/3/1981 log book entry.
Congratulations.
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Old 9th Mar 2015, 23:58
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What sort of condition will they keep the aircraft in? Will they strip the aircraft of its avionics? Surely this museum wouldn't have the resources to keep all the systems airworthy? (even with volunteer workers). Some of the parts for these aircraft cost hundred$ of thou$ands.
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Old 10th Mar 2015, 00:55
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In her own right

I thought it a nice touch that the all stations inbound call identified the aeroplane as Oscar Juliet Alpha. None of this Flight Number Callsign nonsense.
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Old 10th Mar 2015, 00:55
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A used 744 sells for only a couple of mill according to Joyce in December last year. QF's 767s were getting a higher price on the world market due to their on going use than a 744 which are just being broken up for parts and scrap.
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We really are all a bunch of carnts.

I guarantee anyone one of us would have fallen over ourselves to be in the hot seat for such an occasion.

Many would have exchanged a particular left or right dangly bit between our legs. You can after all still stroke it with one
I think the majority of readers agree with you, 100% accurate Gobbler.
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just an aside, on the rationale behind 'you can still stroke it with one'.
That may not be 100% true, or may be at least questionable, if we are considering hard facts,
unless you can testify, testicularly, and informably, to the physiological consequences of being deficient
in that department, wholly or partially.

speccie as it was for all spectators, there was never any doubt that she'd fit OK. All the rehearsals
ensured that. As was the case at Longreach for the landing of the one gifted by Qantas to the museum there in 2002.

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Old 10th Mar 2015, 07:28
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there was never any doubt that she'd fit OK.
Folks,
Have a look at Wellington, NZ, and we flew B747SP in/out of there for years, usually in very "interesting" winds. Give or take a couple of meters, the length is the same.

The takeoff and landing performance of a B747-200/200/400 is better than an SP, if you had a copy of the landing field length graphs, for the weight they were at, you might be surprised how little was required.
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Old 10th Mar 2015, 12:11
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I thought it a nice touch that the all stations inbound call identified the aeroplane as Oscar Juliet Alpha. None of this Flight Number Callsign nonsense.
The "caution wake turbulence" they added on every second call was rather prudent too with all those lighties hanging about
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Old 10th Mar 2015, 12:35
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Amazing to think of the history in a aircraft that old really. Imagine the number of crew that have operated it, FAs that had worked on it, line checks done on it, check to lines, first flights on the line, engineers that had worked on it on some way or another.

A lot of history on that old bird, after driving through VCV last year nice to see one not cut up!

Nice work to everyone involved, no matter who you work for it's great for the industry.
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Old 10th Mar 2015, 13:58
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Hear, hear to that.

I just had to go down there to witness that final arrival.
It must be said, though, that it was a little 'bittersweet', having watched her arrival at Mascot on that day back in '89.

It's so good to know that, for many years to come, we'll be able to (figuratively speaking) pat her on the bum and say "Well done, old girl !"

And to HARS...
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