VH-EBA (2) Boeing
Thirteen Boeing 707 Model 138s were operated
by Qantas. VH-EBA was the first to be registered
(on 7 June 1959) although VH-EBB was actually
the first in revenue service, since -EBA was used
flight crew training and systems checking in Seattle, where the
aircraft was first flown as N31239.
It was originally delivered in 1950s
style Qantas livery (with BOAC style bars across the fin and
rudder) as 'City of Melbourne' but by the time
Greg Banfield took the above shot at Mascot in
1964 it had long since had its V-Jet tail treatment. The image
below, from the Ken Watson
collection, shows it wearing the
40-Year Anniversary emblem on the tail. VH-EBA
Qantas service in
1967 and sold to Pacific West Airlines as CF-PWV.
then had many
owners including a stint in
Saudi Arabia before being acquired by the Qantas Founders' Outback
where it is now
on display (as VH-XBA) at Longreach, Queensland.