Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Qantas Airways Boeing B767-338ER VH-OGG - City of Rockhampton - Disney's Planes Livery

While some of our regular contributors are taking 'time-out' and enjoying well-earned holidays, its a great opportunity to share some images of interesting aircraft that I've recently captured while on a plane spotting trip to Brisbane and Perth.

This post focuses on one of the remaining Qantas Boeing B767-338ER aircraft, VH-OGG, which is rather appropriately named 'City of Rockhampton'.  VH-OGG is also currently adorned in a bright and colourful livery promoting the Disney movie 'Planes'.

I recently spotted VH-OGG arriving into Perth on two occasions from Sydney, and was on hand to capture its departure back to the East coast.

VH-OGG was ordered by Qantas in April 1989, and rolled off the production line at Boeing's Everett factory in November 1990.  VH-OGG was registered and accepted in December 1990.  It is powered by a pair of General Electric CF6-80C2B6 engines.

VH-OGG's first revenue service was from San Franciso to Sydney via Honolulu on December 12, 1990, arriving in Sydney on December 14.  VH-OGG was named 'City of Rockhampton', and was in fact noted visiting Rockhampton in early October 1993, operating a charter for the Singapore Armed Forces.

In 2011, VH-OGG was re-painted in the new Qantas corporate colours, and in 2013, it was rolled out in Sydney in a special livery to promote the Disney movie 'Planes'.  It then operated a special 'Première Planes Flight' on September 14, 2013.

I was able to capture some atmospheric early morning photos of VH-OGG parked at Brisbane Airport before it later departed to Sydney and later Perth.

VH-OGG is expected to be leaving the Qantas fleet in the coming months, and hence is staying in its current livery until the day it departs our shores for storage in the United States desert.

Such a beautiful aircraft - and a nice link to Central Queensland!

Acknowledgement to the Australian Airliners (AussieAirliners) web site - - for the historic information on VH-OGG.

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