You have no idea what time I had to get up for this event. My day started at 02:30 and I was on the road by 03:00. However I got to the airport just prior to the lounge opening to be greeted by a very welcome surprise, my operating aircraft would be VH-XZP, the newest 737-800 in the fleet and painted in a special livery from the past. Dubbed Retro Roo, I’m sure you can see why.
In Sydney I had another hour or so to kill before meeting up with James and his family, for the event in a hangar conveniently placed adjacent to the terminal.
Inside we were given the ability to virtually run amuck on VH-OGM, a 22-year-old 767-300 that will be retired from the fleet at the end of this month. In fact, I’m on the very last flight, appropriately named QF767. Next to her was VH-OJA, a 25-year-old world record holding 747-400. You see, back in 1989 this 747 flew the longest non-stop flight, LHR-SYD in 20 hours and 9 minutes.
It was an interesting day, getting to see AFP equipment, firefighting equipment, two planes and all their secret spaces, like crew rest areas, flight decks and doing it with people who enjoy it as much as I do.