Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Qantas Airways Boeing B747-400(ER) VH-OEH Departs Australian Shores for the Final Time!

On Tuesday 19 May, the third of six Qantas Airways Boeing B747-400(ER) jumbo jets registered VH-OEH departed Australian shores for good leaving just three examples in the country.

Named 'Hervey Bay', VH-OEH departed Sydney empty as QFA6001 direct to Los Angeles following a short period at Sydney Airport.

At just over 17 years old, VH-OEH was delivered to Qantas in February 2003.  Like the other B747-400ER jumbo jets, VH-OEH is powered by General Electric (GE) CF6 engines.

VH-OEH at Sydney Airport in 2006  (File photo)

Central Queensland plane spotters had the pleasure of photographing VH-OEH on a couple of occasions including during the recently joint Military Exercise Talisman Sabre 2019 (TS19) when it operated troop charter flights into Rockhampton Airport at the end of July.

It is believed that after a lay-up at Los Angeles, VH-OEH will soon after ferry to be stored at the Mojave Desert in the United States of America.

UPDATE!  On Thursday 21 May, VH-OEH continued from Los Angeles to Mojave again as QFA6001.

File photos taken by Jaxson White, 'IAD' and Kayanne Hardsman  ©

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