The First and the Last
the first Qantas 707 (VH-EBB) arrived in Sydney on 2 July 1959, it
was Qantas Engineer Bill Fishwick (right) who "rode the brakes"
when the aeroplane was towed from the terminal to the maintenence
area. Forty-eight years later, Qantas Engineer Robert Phillips (left)
rode the brakes of VH-XBA when she was towed from the terminal to
her display site at Longreach. Therefore it is fitting that the two
former workmates should be photographed at Longreach on 10 June to
commemorate being the first and last Qantas engineers to ride the
brakes of a Qantas 707. Bill supplied the wonderful colour images
of VH-EBA and her sisters at Avalon in 1959.