VH-VXQ has been re-painted into the original paint scheme that was introduced by the first jet aircraft that Qantas flew, the Boeing B707, when it first entered service in 1959. A livery similar to that worn by former Qantas Boeing B707 VH-XBA (ex VH-EBA) which is on display at the Qantas Founders Museum at Longreach Airport.
In the wee small hours of Monday 16 November, Dave returned to Townsville Airport to capture some photos as VH-VXQ prepared to depart to Sydney where celebrations for the airlines 95th birthday and an official unveiling are taking place at the time of writing.
Qantas’ first retro jet, the original 'Retro Roo' B737-800 VH-XZP, which was delivered to Sydney fresh from Boeing’s Seattle factory last November, recently visited the 'home' of Qantas at Longreach Airport on Saturday 31 October on a charity flight from and back to Sydney.
Sincere thanks to Dave for allowing us to share his brilliant photos!
All photos taken by Dave ©