VH-EAN at Biak on 7
at Nadi on 14 November 1958:
28 October 1957:
28 November 1961:
and VH-EAM incident at Sydney on 16 December 1957:
Another story, this one about VH-EAG. Something about how it was built and the building jigs. Apparently the jigs were not aligned correctly. The ailerons were rigged as per the book, but in flight the control wheel was displaced in one direction. The aileron control cables ran up either side of the control column and then it was a chain over a sprocket at the top. To rig it so that the control wheel was level in flight meant that the chain was moved over one sprocket [or two ??] . The control wheel was then offset on the ground but level across in flight.
Bill Fishwick's Career with Qantas
Bill Fishwick started a five year apprenticeship with Qantas as a Ground Engineer on 30 January 1952, the day after his 15th birthday. He completed his apprenticeship in 1957 in Lockheed Servicing. When the first B707-138, VH-EBB, arrived in Australia, Bill was a member of the engineering arrival crew. Subsequently he worked in Boeing Servicing where he obtained a license on the B707 airframe and later Pratt and Whitney JT-3D engine. Later he was promoted to Leading Hand [now Senior LAME position]. In 1971 he did Boeing 747 and P&W JT-9D engine courses. In the 1980s he completed courses on the B767 airframe and engine. A number of other courses such as B747 Combi, SP, Supervision etc were undertaken over the years. In the late eighties, Bill spent a year in an office job helping to get the EMCOST system up and running. He returned to servicing and then did relieving positions as Tango Base and Tango One operator at the International Terminal. Bill moved to a full time position as Tango Base operator in the late 1980s. His entire career between 1957 and 1991, except for EMCOST, was spent in a servicing environment in the hangars or at the International Terminal. In 1991, he was offered a 'Golden Handshake' and retired aged 54 on 23 July 1991 after 39 years, 5 months and 24 days with Qantas.