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747 Farewell

Old 22nd Jul 2020, 07:32
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747 Farewell

Where are all the aerosexuals?

Certainly interesting watching the footage, and now i believe they're drawing a kangaroo FL190 over the pacific?
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Old 22nd Jul 2020, 08:05
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All very nice and stirring. But I can't help thinking that the fuel bill for that jaunt could go towards some out of work QF employees, unless of course it's got paying pax in the back?

Sad times.
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Old 22nd Jul 2020, 08:13
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But I can't help thinking that the fuel bill for that jaunt could go towards some out of work QF employees
You don't like fireworks on New Years either right?
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Old 22nd Jul 2020, 08:18
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I’m far from an aerosexual, you’ll find me hiding away from anything Aviaton related in my downtime, but that was a little ‘sad’. Some very exciting times started with a trip on those aircraft. That’s the aircraft that’s taken many young Aussie's away for the trip of a lifetime for generations now.
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Old 22nd Jul 2020, 08:29
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Jet A1 is more than 40% cheaper than it was a year ago and the flight did carry some freight.
This was the end of a significant era in Australian aviation. Is it really that wrong to shine a little light on some very dark times?
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Old 22nd Jul 2020, 08:31
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Nice. Anyone know how steep those turns were?
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Old 22nd Jul 2020, 08:38
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Is it really that wrong to shine a little light on some very dark times?
As I said, stirring and sad. QF 747s took me on my first trip alone overseas as a teenager, and my first overseas trip with my kids. I have sentiment for it too.

The roo is a nice gesture. As for the rights and wrongs, it's not me to make that call - which is why I didn't. I am not QF and still - thankfully - employed and flying. Best ask those in or formerly of QF facing mounting mortgage payments.
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Old 22nd Jul 2020, 08:42
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'MAGNIFICENT'- is all..., WOW, the history and journey!!!

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Old 22nd Jul 2020, 09:09
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Never again will an aircraft change the way the masses travelled, shrink the world, and make travel affordable like this magnificent and graceful bird.

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MAGNIFICENT WOW the history and journey.

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Old 22nd Jul 2020, 09:11
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Originally Posted by compressor stall View Post
... I can't help thinking that the fuel bill for that jaunt could go towards some out of work QF employees ...
Some rough back of the envelope calculations:

The kangaroo took about 1.5 hours to fly. At say 12 tonnes per hour and 0.8 kg per litre that’s 1.5 x 12000 / 0.8 = 22,500 litres. Who knows what QF pays for it’s fuel, but when I used to pay for Jet A1 (on behalf of my employer) I noted that it was about the same price as petrol for my car. So let’s say it’s about $1.20 per litre. 22,500 x 1.20 = $27,000. Coincidently, there about 2,700 mainline pilots in Qantas. So that kangaroo cost about $10 per pilot. I don’t think any one of them is going to complain.

PS There about 30,000 QF employees, so it cost less than one dollar per employee.

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You can’t help but feel a little sad today, a piece of Aviation history just left Australia........

I feel very fortunate to have flown the Queen......now I just wish I had more photos of the time......
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THE FIRST------------------------------------------------------------THE LAST
B747-238B -------------------- Aircraft type ------------------- B747-438ER
S/N 20009-147 --------------- Serial No ------------------------ S/N 32914-1331
PW JT9D-7A ------------------ Engine -------------------------- GE CF6-80C2B5
June 10 1971------------------ Rolled Out (Paine) ------------ June 6 2003
July 8 1971---------------------First Flight --------------------- July 11 2003
July 30 1971 - VH-EBA --------Registered -------------------- May 16 2003 - VH-OEJ
City of Canberra -------------- Named ------------------------ Wunala Dreaming
May 6 1993 ------------------- Last Flight to US ------------- 22 July 2020



Apologies for all the 747s in between including you little SPs.
A glorious 49 years. Just like the 707s thanks for the memories.

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Old 22nd Jul 2020, 10:37
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I am reliably informed very steep turns required, hence F190 so F5 can be extended to reduce speed and hence turn radius. Flap limit is F200.
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They got their own logo wrong! Big FU from the planners/pilots to the hot shot marketing gurus in Coward St.
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Old 22nd Jul 2020, 11:34
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Interesting that some can't appreciate the moment for what it is - end of an era and an aircraft that, arguably ,had the greatest impact on international air travel and was the QANTAS identity for so long.

Hate to see some of these individuals at a funeral: FFS celebrate the life, don't bitch about the death.

Cheers
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Old 22nd Jul 2020, 11:47
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Absolutely brilliant. Well done!
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Old 22nd Jul 2020, 11:56
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Originally Posted by TimmyTee View Post
They got their own logo wrong! Big FU from the planners/pilots to the hot shot marketing gurus in Coward St.
OEJ still has paws.
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Old 22nd Jul 2020, 12:04
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Originally Posted by TimmyTee View Post
They got their own logo wrong! Big FU from the planners/pilots to the hot shot marketing gurus in Coward St.
Or a big FU from the planners/ pilots to the marketing gurus in Coward St?
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Old 22nd Jul 2020, 13:16
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Absolutely Keg. A giant finger to the people that caused the problems. The leg isn't quite right, but they did it as Brian of Nazereth would have done it, in letters 10' high
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