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First Qantas passenger jet makes last flight

Saturday 10/06/2017 - Source: ABC News Online


Australia's very first passenger jet made its final flight today from Sydney to the Qantas Founders Museum at Longreach in western Queensland.

Hundreds of people, including Deputy Prime Minister Mark Vaile, were gathered at the Longreach airstrip to see the restored plane land.

The boeing 707 was first owned by Qantas in the 1950s and was saved from an English scrap heap by the Qantas Founders Museum and 60 volunteers - many of whom were on board today's flight with Qantas CEO Geoff Dixon.

Cheers rang out as the passengers disembarked down original Qantas flight steps and the engineers were clearly overjoyed by their hero's welcome.

Museum manager Colin Westwood says he is glad to see the 707 is back home at the birthplace of Qantas where it will stay as a permanent exhibit.


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