Ex-RAAF 707 to become museum piece

written by australianaviation.com.au | December 8, 2009

20091123raaf8540638_0080.JPGA former RAAF 707 tanker has been broken up at RAAF Richmond is preparation for its cockpit and forward fuselage to be restored for display at the RAAF Museum at Point Cook near Melbourne.

The restoration is being undertaken by Omega Air International as part of an agreement to return three other former RAAF 707s to flying status with the civilian air-to-air refuelling company, and will be undertaken at Richmond before the forward fuselage section is delivered to Point Cook.

The aircraft, A20-627 Windsor Town, was retired in February 2001 and had been used as a source of spares for the remaining aircraft as the fleet was drawn down over the next seven years, with the final aircraft, A20-624 Richmond Town being retired on June 30 2008.

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The deal for Omega to take the remaining 707s is still under negotiation, with some issues including financing, noise regulations, and others relating to International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITARS) for non-US equipment on board still to be resolved.

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