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Boeing 747-200 (VH-OJA)

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Well Here's Another early morning Sunday on 8th March 2015 Just a 747 to get me out of bed? to get down to Albion Park Airport at 530am to witness the arrival of Qantas 747-400 VH-OJA "The City of Canberra" A Qantas jumbo jet has made history, landing at a regional airport in New South Wales to become the first 747-400 in the world to go on public display.<br><br> The City of Canberra was retired to Wollongong after 25 years of service and will become a prized addition to an aviation museum based at Illawarra Regional Airport.<br><br> Thousands of people gathered in and around the small airport to watch the landing.<br><br> The crowd cheered and applauded as the Boeing 747-400 made a tricky landing on the short and narrow runway, which at 1,800 metres is less than half the length of Sydney Airport's runways.<br><br> Illawarra Airport's runway is also just 30 metres wide but the aircraft has a wingspan of 64 metres, so the two outside engines hung over the runway's edge on landing.<br><br> The Canberra left Sydney Airport and flew at just 4,000 feet and at a much slower speed than usual for the flight to end just past Wollongong to be put on display &amp; open the public in a few months.

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