EVACUATION FLIGHTS OUT OF DARWIN

AFTER CYCLONE TRACY IN DECEMBER 1974

THE QANTAS SCHEDULE

 

 

ISSUED
FLT NBR
AIRCRAFT
STD SYD
STA DRW
STD DRW
STA SYD
260610
QF007A
B707
VH-EAG
262230
270245
260610
QF008A
B707
VH-EAG
270415
270820
260610
QF007B
B707
VH-EAH
270001
270415
260610
QF008B
B707
VH-EAH
270545
270950
270654
QF007E
B747
VH-EBB
271615
272030
270654
QF008E
B747
VH-EBB
272200
280200
270654
QF007F
B747
VH-EBB
280330
280745
270654
QF008F
B747
VH-EBB
280945
281345
280116
QF007H
B747
VH-EBB
281600
282015
280116
QF008H
B747
VH-EBB
282215
290210
280116
QF007I
B707
VH-EBT
282100
290115
280116
QF008I
B707
VH-EBT
290315
290715
280116
QF007J
B707
VH-EAG
282300
290315
280116
QF008J
B707
VH-EAG
290515
290915
280116
QF007K
B747
VH-EBB
290345
290800
280116
QF008K
B747
VH-EBB
291000
291400
290635
QF007M
B707
VH-EAC
292100
300115
290635
QF008M
B707
VH-EAC
300315
300715
300406
QF007L
B707
VH-EAH
300545
300945
300406
QF008L
B707
VH-EAH
301145
301545


PLANNED BUT DID NOT OPERATE

290005
QF007L
B747
VH-EBI
291600
292015
290005
QF008L
B747
VH-EBI
292215
300210
290005
QF007N
B707
VH-EAA
292300
300315
290005
QF008N
B707
VH-EAA
300515
300915
290005
QF007Q
B747
VH-EBI
300345
300800
290005
QF008Q
B747
VH-EBI
301000
301400

 

 

NOTES

1
These schedules are extracted (with some difficulty!) from faded photocopies of Qantas operations messages held in the compiler's collection.
2

It should be noted that this is a schedule which does not necessarily reflect actual operations.

3
All times are GMT. (SYD is +10, DRW is +9:30 )
4
Although there are some variations and perhaps some typographical errors it would appear that planned flight times were 4 hours 15 mins SYD-DRW and 4 hours DRW-SYD for both B707 and B747. Time on the ground at DRW was mostly planned at 2 hours.
5
Stated seating configurations are:
VH-EBB 32/339 plus lounge.
VH-EAH 173 all economy
6
B747 VH-EBI was delivered in Seattle on 12OCT74 and it would appear that special efforts were made to allocate the aircraft to Darwin relief flights as it was appropriately named "City of Darwin". In the event the aircraft did not operate any relief flights.
7
STD = Scheduled Time of Departure. STA = Scheduled Time of Arrival.

 

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