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A 707 comes home for good.(odds&ends)(Brief article)

Australia's first passenger jet and one of the oldest 707s still flying, a 707-138B, touched down June 10 at the outback Queens-land town of Long-reach, where national airline Qantas began in 1920 as Queens-land and Northern Territory Aerial Services.


The 47-year-old 707 underwent a four-year restoration program after being rescued in the UK, where it had been earmarked for the scrap heap. The job took 18,000 hr., which Qantas believes is unmatched in aviation history.

The 707-138B, named City of Canberra, was delivered to Qantas on July 16, 1959, and will become a permanent display at Long-reach's Qantas Founders' Museum. It was ferried out from the UK in December in an eight-day, 31,500-km. …

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