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closely observed planes - Singapore early 1960's
QANTAS flight crew wait | Boeing 707-138B VH-EBJ |Singapore Paya Lebar April 1963
The crew wait for their transport to arrive, having brought in QANTAS Boeing 707 VH-EBJ named ‘Longreach’ in April 1963. The QANTAS 707’s were the ‘138B’ version, which was a shorter bodied version and were fitted with turbo-fan engines.
Between the 15th and 25th Jan ’63 the aircraft had been returned to Boeing for investigation; Engineer Bill Fishwick recalls that one of the 707-138Bs was found to be slower than the other aircraft in the fleet and he thinks this must have been ‘EBJ. As part of the investigations, a number of cockpit instruments were replaced with instruments which had been subjected to additional accuracy checks and the new instruments were marked with an orange dot on the glass. Back at Boeing, an F-86 Sabre chase aircraft was going to ‘pace the 707’, but in the event the Sabre was unavailable and so the 707 returned without having the speed checks done. However for some years after the instruments on ‘EBJ retained the orange dot markings. On the far side here at Paya Lebar is a US registered Convair 340, a pretty good 'corporate airliner' to have at that time before small jets appeared.