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Boeing 707-373C (19442/609)

 

Date
Registration
Company
History
24/06/67 - Boeing Rolled out at Renton
27/07/67 - - Made its first flight from Renton
03/08/67 N370WA World Airways Delivered
15/04/71 - Korean Air Lines Leased
20/07/74 - - Experienced hydraulic fluid and pressure loss on approach to Anchorage. Pilots extended gears manually but the two main landing gear did not go down to a fully locked position. Landed safely
00/07/77 - World Airways Returned
15/08/77 - British Midland Leased
18/08/77 - Kuwait Airways Subleased
19/05/78 - British Midland Returned
28/05/78 - Air Algerie Subleased
00/12/78 - British Midland Returned
29/12/78 - World Airways Returned
05/01/79 - Sobelair Purchased
06/01/79 - - Ferried Brussels in basic Air Algerie colors
24/01/79 OO-SBU - Reregistered with CoA 2949. Air Algerie colors with "Sobelair" titles
00/01/79 - Cargo Airlines Leased
15/03/79 - - Canx from register, but annulated
15/03/79 - Sumisho Lease Company Purchased
15/03/79 - Sobelair Leased
00/00/79 - Ontario World Airlines Subleased
00/00/79 - Sobelair Returned
00/09/79 - - Repainted in full colors
29/09/79 - Nigeria Airways Subleased for Hadj and ferried Brussels-Lagos in full Sobelair markings
00/11/79 - Sobelair Returned
20/12/79 - Cameroon Airlines Subleased for hadj (no stickers)
00/00/80 - Sobelair Returned
00/11/80 - Air Tanzania Subleased
00/00/81 - Sobelair Returned
00/09/81 - - TAT 44500 hrs
00/05/83 - Kenya Airways Subleased
00/00/83 - Sobelair Returned
00/06/84 - - TAT 47657 hrs
03/01/87 - - Emergency landing at Brussels with landing gear problems on Monastir-Brussels service. No casualties among 198 pax and 7 crew
00/01/87 - - Noted at Santa Barbara (USA) for hush kits
05/04/87 - - Seen back in service with new blue style "Sobelair" titles
23/11/87 - Sabena Subleased. New blue style "Sabena" titles applied and used for Royal visit to Thailand, Australia and New Zealand
08/12/87 - Sobelair Returned
12/09/89 - - Last revenue service with a Belgian registered pax B707 (Palma-Brussels) and placed in storage at Brussels
03/01/90 N760FW Omega Air Purchased
08/01/90 - - Canx from register
16/01/90 - Florida West Airlines Leased
19/01/90 - - Ferried Brussels-Miami in basic Sobelair c/s with no titles
00/02/90 - - Noted bare metal at Miami for conversion into full-freighter
00/03/90 - - Noted full colors at Miami
31/01/91 - SAM Colombia Subleased in full metal colors
00/07/91 - Florida West Airlines Returned in metal c/s with titles
00/05/92 - Omega Air Returned
14/05/92 - Grumman Aerospace  For E-8C Joint STARS program and placed in storage at Davis Monthan AFB. Entered AMARC inventory as CZ 189
11/08/93 - - Ferried to Wichita for refurbishment
00/00/93 - - After refurbishment by Boeing Military Airplane Company, at Wichita, ferried to Lake Charles, overhaul facility. Second E-8C production aircraft. TAT 59412 hrs
14/05/95 67-30054 US Air Force Serial adapted prior conversion into Joint STARS
00/02/97 94-0285 - Reserialled. TAT 59890 hrs
28/04/01 - - Still in service

Following sources are greatly acknowledged.

Individual Aircraft History of the Boeing 707 (Buchair USA)
The Boeing 707-720 and C-135 (Air-Britain Publication)
Airliners in Belgium - BCARG special 1 Boeing 707 Intercontinental (Aviation Society of Antwerp vzw)
Belgian Civil Aircraft since 1920 (MCP)
Jet Airliner Production List (TAHS)
JP Airline Fleets (Buchair)
Magazines: Aviation Letter, Scramble, Luftfahrt Journal, Jetstream, Carnets de Vol, Onze/Notre Sabena
Various text and photo material to be found on the internet like the B707 database maintained by Servaas Verbrugge.

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