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#272893 22-Jul-2020 17:37
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Took off about 10 minutes ago

Sad day as this ends the “Queen Of The Skies” operated for RPT in oceania


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  #2527354 22-Jul-2020 17:37
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Allow me to introduce you folks to our new travel community: TravelTalk NZ.

 

We hope to see you there!

 





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  #2527357 22-Jul-2020 17:44
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I'm sure we'll still see the Korean Air 747-8 in Auckland regularly once things return to a closer approximation of normal. I haven't seen a Qantas 747 in NZ in a long time.

 

I remember watching ZK-NBT/ZK-NBS on the LAX-AKL route (don't recall which direction) when I was in primary school. They would regularly fly overhead around our break time. I do miss the 744, even if I preferred to fly on the 767/777/787.


 
 
 
 


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  #2527408 22-Jul-2020 18:36
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Looking at Flight Radar it appears to be turning back to Oz for some reason. It also looks like it did some low passes over Sydney before it headed out.


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  #2527410 22-Jul-2020 18:37
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Drawing a kangaroo?


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  #2527415 22-Jul-2020 19:06
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I nerded out

 

Had liveatc going, and watching from the heli via 7News Facey

 

It did a full lap of the airport on the deck to show off to the public parked at the usual spots and 'Sheps mound' at the base of the tower (and give tower a photo op) before a lap back to the north to actually take off.

 

And a run down to I believe its namesake township on the southern east coast.

 

Have seen them stop in chc a few times for medical or gas when doing the Santiago Run


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  #2527416 22-Jul-2020 19:11
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RunningMan:

Drawing a kangaroo?



Could be. I think Qantas have done it before.

Looks like kangaroo heal/ankle/whatever and tail so far.




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  #2527417 22-Jul-2020 19:15
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Oh heck, I hadn't noticed it was still going!

 

All that gas to burn with no PAX


 
 
 
 


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  #2527430 22-Jul-2020 19:22
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  #2527433 22-Jul-2020 19:27
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My first plane flight was in a Qantas 747, way back in 1974.  Sad to see them go


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  #2527435 22-Jul-2020 19:32
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RunningMan:

 

Drawing a kangaroo?

 

 

Yep, that’s what it looks like they are doing. Cool. But a waste of $$$ (Fuel) when they are needing it the most?


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  #2527437 22-Jul-2020 19:36
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Oblivian:

 

All that gas to burn with no PAX

 

 

Full load of freight according to the QANTAS press release.

 

Oh, definitely a kangaroo now.




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  #2527459 22-Jul-2020 20:22
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RunningMan:

Oblivian:


All that gas to burn with no PAX



Full load of freight according to the QANTAS press release.


Oh, definitely a kangaroo now.



What a lot of fuel to draw that but perfect send off for the 747

I just realised I flew on OEJ to San Francisco in December 2018 its age shows but still great to fly on

I still have to confess while 777 and 787 are far more smoother aircraft and comfortable to fly on and more modern and fuel efficient the 747 is still IMHO the most Beautiful aircraft ever made


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  #2527555 23-Jul-2020 08:06
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  #2527561 23-Jul-2020 08:28
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shanes:

Live landing now  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZEF3-4FYNI


 


Wow, that was cool to watch & listen.

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