FollowupID: 697160 Submitted:
Sunday, Aug 08, 2010 at 11:22
Member - Doug T (NT) posted:
The plane was sold by John Williams VH-BPL to Warwick
Allen. The aeroplane had been relocated within Hoxton Park Aerodrome and in early January 2004 it was suppose be transported by road to Orange
, NSW where it was to be painted in Qantas colours and mounted on a turntable
to act as a weathervane. The Orange
City Council was assisting the project.
Evidently, the deal to relocate VH-BPL to Orange
had fallen through, as it has was announced that the aeroplane has been acquired by the Qantas Founders Outback Museum in Longreach
. This aeroplane was formerly VH-EAP and VH-EBY with Qantas, so it will make a fine companion for Boeing 747-238B VH-EBQ. The aeroplane was actually donated to the QFOM by John D. Williams on 20th February 2004. Indications are that the aeroplane will be trucked from Hoxton Park to Longreach
. Good result!
The aircraft arrived at Longreach
by road at last light on 03MAR05. By 06MAR05, both wings and one engine had been fitted and paint stripping begun. The aircraft was painted in Qantas Empire Airways markings as VH-EAP in JUN07.