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"I just love aeroplanes. The bigger the plane, the more exciting it is. There's just something about their aesthetic beauty, their power, and their ability to carry one high into the air, above the clouds, and away off to any distant metropolis..."


"I have had the privilege of flying on the following commercial aircraft:

- Boeing 737-200 - Air New Zealand - West Jet
- Boeing 737-300 - Air New Zealand - QANTAS - Air Comet
- Boeing 737-700 - West Jet
- Boeing 737-800 - El Al Airways - Pacific Blue
- Boeing 747-SP - QANTAS
- Boeing 747-200 - Aerolineas Argentinas
- Boeing 747-400 - Air Canada - Air New Zealand - Singapore Airlines - Lufthansa - QANTAS
- Boeing 757-200 - United Airlines - Delta Airways
- Boeing 767-200 - Air New Zealand - Air Canada
- Boeing 767-300/ER - Air New Zealand - QANTAS - Air Canada
- Boeing 777-200 - Singapore Airlines - United Airlines - Air New Zealand - Delta
- Boeing 777-300 - V-Australia
- MD-11 - Thai Airways
- Airbus A320-200 - Air New Zealand - Air Canada
- Airbus A321 - Air Canada
- Airbus A340-200 - Aerolineas Argentinas
- Airbus A340-300 - Lufthansa
- Dash-8 - Air Canada JAZZ - Air New Zealand
- ATR-72 - Air New Zealand
- Beech 1900-D - Air New Zealand
- Metroliner III - Air New Zealand Link
- BAE-146 - Ansett New Zealand
- CRJ-70 - Air Canada JAZZ



- "PRECIOUS MEMORIES" -


Flying in a "Baby Jumbo" Boeing 747SP - "I'll never forget catching the early morning 767 flight from Christchurch N.Z. to Sydney especially to fly on a "Baby Jumbo" - Qantas' 747-SP VH-EAA from Sydney to Cairns. During my enjoyable stay in Cairns the SP had continued on to Nagoya and back. Friends back home thought I was crazy, as I only stayed in Cairns one night before returning back to Sydney on the same 747SP aircraft. But I can assure you - it was the flight of a lifetime, and very shortly after, VH-EAA was retired to the Mojave Desert after 20 years in service with Qantas."


Wow - as I wait to board "Baby Jumbo" VH-EAA at Sydney Kingsford Smith, I can watch sister Boeing 747SP VH-EAB prepare for departure.

VH-EAB

VH-EAB almost ready for departure

VH-EAB is pushed back

VH-EAB in the rain

Time to board my very first Boeing 747SP aircraft!

The flaps of the 747SP are set in preparation for takeoff

Finally above the clouds...

The brakes are engaged as we land in Cairns

VH-EAB's door no. 1 and circular stairway

Finally back on VH-EAB very early in the morning, ready to return to Sydney

Magical take-off into the sunrise

Flying over Manly NSW, before landing at Sydney Kingsford Smith.

The QANTAS Boeing 747SP Upper Deck

The QANTAS Boeing 747SP Lower Deck

The 747SP Captain and First Officer kindly pose for a photograph.

My last shot of the 'Baby Jumbo' - 747SP VH-EAA

"FAREWELL!"



- BOEING 747SP FLIGHT CERTIFICATES -


Two certificates I had signed by the Captains, First Officers, and Flight Engineers of my Boeing 747SP flights




Flying 'Club Condor' in an Aerolineas Argentinas B747-200 - "While in Madrid, I made a call to the AA office to request a seat in the upper deck, which they usually reserve only for VIP's and 'special people'. They were kind enough to let me reserve seat 2A upstairs, and I enjoyed the first-class comforts on the long over-night flight from Madrid to Buenos Aires. Even with my 6'3" height, I could lie almost completely horizontal - definitely the flight of a lifetime..."




Nathanael with his hand-made model of a Boeing 747-200, which was never completed.



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