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Grahame Hutchison 18th July 2009 12:01 PM

A Different View Of Sydney
With Singapore Airlines gradually moving away from B747 operations to Australia and changing many of the services over to B777 and A380s, I was prompted to have a look at how things were when I first started photographing aircraft in Sydney.

In the 70s, 80s and 90s the Boeing 747 was the "Queen of The Skies" with most international carries operating the type. Over the past 10 years, the introduction of the long range twins with ETOPS, and now the A380 for a smaller number of airlines, B747 movements in and out of Sydney have slowly diminished.

With apologies for the quality of the scanned 30 year old photographs, so what did it look like back then ?

Singapore Airlines B747-200 9V-SQQ touching down on Runway 25 in August 1982 19820807.jpg

Singapore Airlines B747-300 "Big Top" 9V-SKA in August 1983 (now an A380 registration) 19830813.jpg

Qantas operated 2 B747-200SPs VH-EAA seen here at the Jet Base in November 1981 (look at the cars in the car park) 01.jpg

Malaysian B747-200 9M-MHI in February 1982 (security back then was just timber posts and plastic fence - we would sit on top of the
fence half way down the bay and photograph) 19820214.jpg

KLM B747-200 PH-BUO in March 1982 19820305.jpg

UTA B747-200 in June 1981 19810605.jpg

Garuda Indonesian Airways B747-200 PK-GSF in February 1982 19820206.jpg

Cathay Pacific B747-200 VR-HIA in July 1980 19800700.jpg

Air India B747-200 VT-EFU in August 1982 19820816.jpg

South African Airways B747-200 lining up on Runway 16 in February 1982 19820223.jpg

Grahame Hutchison 18th July 2009 12:02 PM

Pan American B747-100 January 1981 (three upper deck windows and seen here at Tullamarine) 19810103.jpg

British Airways B747-200 1980 (seen here at Tullamarine) 1980s.jpg

And when you had enough Boeing 747s, there was always the DC-10s

Mayalsian Airlines DC-10 9M-MAs in July 1981 19810707.jpg

UTA DC-10 9M-MAs in May 1981 (looks like a TAA Fokker Friendship in the background climbing out from Runway 16 - no 16 Right and
16 Left back then) 19810513.jpg

Continental Airlines DC-10 N12061 in March 1981 - I liked this livery 01.jpg

Philippines Airlines DC-10 RP-C2114 in February 1982 19820210.jpg

Air New Zealand DC-10 ZK-NZL in July 1980 19800700.jpg

Air New Zealand DC-8 ZK-NZE in June 1981 19810608.jpg

Jack B 18th July 2009 12:15 PM

Fantastic! very much enjoyed these amazing photos

a little off topic, but does anybody know when the old international terminal was demolished to make way for the TAA terminal?

Grahame Hutchison 18th July 2009 12:19 PM

Jack, I remember departing from the old International Terminal for New Zealand in December 1968 in a Qantas B707 (First Class), and returning in a United Airlines DC-8. I think the current International Terminal was built in the early 1970s.

Jason H 18th July 2009 12:24 PM

Yeah the new Intl Terminal was completed in 1970.

phil.l 18th July 2009 01:55 PM

Well done Grahame, thanks for that. What about C P Air ,you must have taken them?

Grahame Hutchison 18th July 2009 02:07 PM

I had CP Air scanned but missed it in the upload (plus a few more that I am still working on).

CP Air B747-200 at the International Terminal in February 1984 (no Runway 16 Left in the background) 19840213.jpg

phil.l 18th July 2009 02:19 PM


Gareth Forwood 18th July 2009 03:07 PM

Great pics Grahame, thanks for posting! It's weird to think these were all taken well before I was born...

Lee G 18th July 2009 03:27 PM

God, I wish the fenceline looked that that these days - photographing aircraft would have been amazing back then - and so simple! No lightposts, no electrified fences, no security patrols ..... how times have changed and maybe not for the better either!

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