Boeing 747-400 'VH-OJA' Arrives in Wollongong
Following up from my recent post about the pre flight briefing for this flight, here is how I experienced it on the day.
On Sunday 5 March after staying the night in a local motel my fellow #avgeek friend and I headed over to the local BMX skate park parking area just south of the airport. From this slightly elevated location we had a good view down the runway and would be able to see the aircraft approach as it headed towards us.
The aircraft was due in at 7.47am and after a pit stop at McDonald's for breakfast we arrived at about 6.20am, and there was already more than 100 people at this viewing spot, with thousands of others gathering at other locations closer to the runway and on the other side of the airport.
|Having a UTE or 4wd with roof racks was advantageous to get a better view|
|A pretty decent view|
|Local helicopter traffic - an air ambulance I believe|
VH-OJA after 25 years in service made a graceful final landing and came to a gentle stop with plenty of room to spare on the 1800 metre runway. The crowd erupted into cheers of excitement, and with that it was over!
|A narrow runway for a 747 - the outboard engines hanging over the grass and blowing up dust and dirt|
The fire truck followed the aircraft as it passed the intersecting runway and the crew shut down the engines for the final time. Then the tug came and hooked up for the reverse tow into it's final parking position for permanent museum display.