I miss the 747s and their distinctive profile. The technology has improved since they were designed back in the 60s – or was it the 50s? – but they were instantly recognisable. When I was working at UWA I’d take lunch down at the river, beside the Catalina Memorial. Planes departing Perth for Europe and other places north or west follow the Swan’s course. The planes don’t accelerate too hard over the city so their route from Redcliffe to Cottesloe was usually rather graceful. Watching a Jumbo cruise along was always special.
QANTAS pilots today delivered one of the airline’s last remaining 747s to the suburban airport of Albion Park where it will reside evermore in a museum. They put some hours in on the flight simulator to make sure they would be prepared for the hell-of-a-lot-shorter-than-usual runway.