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Rolls Royce Acquires Retired Qantas Boeing 747 For Engine Testing

October 15, 2019 / Simple Flying

On Sunday, one of Qantas’ Boeing 747 aircraft took its final flight. VH-OJU flew from Sydney to Los Angeles for one final time before being taken out of service. However, its not the end of the line for this aircraft yet. Often when aircraft, such as the Boeing 747, are retired they end up in aircraft graveyards. Here, they can sit never to fly again or be broken down into parts. However, every now and again, an aircraft is thrown a lifeline. A great example is Bahrain’s artificial diving reef, also made of a Boeing 747. However, in this case, rather than going to the sea bed, the aircraft will continue to grace the skies.