Not long to go for Wings Over Illawarra 2015, which for the first time will be a 2-day program on the weekend of 2&3 May. The flying program is still being developed. To learn more check out the WoI web site at www.wingsoverillawarra.com.au. To get regular updates and other useful information “Like” the Facebook site at www.facebook.com/WingsOverIllawarra. Plan to come and enjoy the best airshow in NSW.
There are a number of media outlets including TV outside broadcast units which will be at the airport to cover the landing so check your TV programs for their (hopefully live) coverage. Also check YouTube and the HARS Facebook page at www.facebook.com/hars.gen
What happens after it arrives?
VH-OJA will remain adjacent to the HARS precinct for a period of time, maybe a month or more whilst QANTAS does final maintenance and handover checks before it is available to HARS to organize internal public access inspections.
The City of Canberra will be ceremonially handed over to HARS at the next HARS Open Day – the official handover ceremony is planned for Sunday 15th March.
Please be patient about getting access inside the 747. HARS will open the 747 for inspection but not for the next month or more.
Why will it take so long to make the plane available for viewing?
QANTAS has a lot of work to do to make the aircraft safe. Some activities include: draining residual fuel; removing gas bottles; disabling escape slides; etc. QANTAS also wishes to retrieve some of the engines, so they will need to be swapped with others.
All this will take time, hence the plea for patience.
The donation of the City of Canberra is a great event and HARS is exceptionally proud to have been selected by QANTAS as the permanent home for this historic aircraft.
HARS commits to displaying the aircraft fully and we understand everyone is keen to get inside and have a look!
However please be patient whilst we go through the necessary safety and related procedures so that when it is opened it is fully safe and appropriate for your visit.
VH-OJA, City of Canberra has arrived at her new home at HARS. Check out the Channel 7 video here.
There are also a large number of photos and videos available on our Facebook site at www.facebook.com/hars.gen.
HARS eagerly awaits the delivery of City of Canberra, a Boeing 747-438 (VH-OJA). She is expected to arrive at Illawarra Regional Airport at 07:47 on Sunday 8 March.
QANTAS have provided the following flight details:
If you are planning to view the landing then be aware that a number of restrictions and road closures will be in place for the expected time of landing. For further details check out the Shellharbour City Council site here.
At an Extraordinary Council Meeting on Monday 9 February 2015, Shellharbour City Council unanimously approved a proposal for a licence and associated lease for the delivery, storage and display of Boeing 747-438 VH-OJA, City of Canberra. Needless to say HARS is very excited about this event and the support provided by the Council for the ongoing display of this important part of Australia’s aviation history. Hard work is now required to prepare the site in time for the delivery, hopefully some time in March.