BCal's Boeing 707 Fleet - Where are they now?
Page 1 - The Great Survivors

So having undertaken the searches for the 747's, DC10's and most recently the A310's........the searches for the 707 fleet aircraft began. It is always harder to find information on aircraft that flew decades before the advent of the internet and digital photography, and in many cases before  the wide use of computers for records etc.

There was also the number of 707s Caledonian and BCal operated over the years - 26 aircraft (but 27 registrations) that I have in my records. Some only on very short leases while others were in the fleet for many years. I have spent a good few months tracking them down, emailing companies, bone yards and air forces around the world and my thanks to them for their assistance especially Tom Swiderek of Omega Air.

I knew some were in service with the Royal Australian Air Force but that was many many years ago. When re-starting the search in 2016 I was not honestly expecting to find them still flying. I was wrong happily. At least 4 are in active service

Here are their histories.......and the pages that follow cover the 707's that did not make it this far with a summary at the end of page 3

But we start with the great survivors:-  G-AYEX, G-BDEA, G-BDKE, G-BDLM and G-CDHW.
G-AYEX : County of Perth / County of Argyll / Loch Leven
Serial No. 19417 / Line Number 582
Age : 49.1 years
Status : Stored
G-BDEA : County of Inverness / Loch Thom
Serial No. 19296 / Line Number 630
Age : 48.7 years
Status : Active
G-BDKE : not named
Serial No. 19623 / Line Number 671
Age : 48.2 years
Status : Active
G-BDLM : Loch Fyne
Serial No. 19629 / Line Number 737
Age : 47.8 years
Status : Active

N525EJ ExecJet - Airlift International 19.05.67
N525EJ Air Bahama 20.07.68 rtnd 10-69
N525EJ World Airlift 12.69 leased
G-AYEX Caledonian Airways 01.06.70 sub-leased
G-AYEX British Caledonian Airways 01.09.71  
G-AYEX Britannia Airways 01.10.71 sub-leased
G-AYEX British Caledonian Airways 16.03.73 sub-leased
N525EJ Saint Lucia Airlines 18.01.85 leased
N525EJ Keyway Air Transport 02.86 bought
N707HL HCL Aviation 03.89 leased
N707HL E-Systems 11.89 bought
64-19417 United States Air Force 01.92 re-registered
64-19417 United States Air Force 2002 stored
VH-EBW Qantas 10.10.67
G-BDEA British Caledonian Airways 05.75 bought
G-BDEA Anglo Cargo 29.12.83 bought
G-BDEA British Airways 28.10.88 leased
G-BDEA Anglo Cargo 08.90
EL-AKH Omega Air 31.07.92 bought
EL-AKH Royal Jordanian 30.08.92 leased
EL-AKH Race Cargo Airlines 15.11.92 leased
PT-TCT TransBrasil 01.12.92 leased
EL-AKH Omega Air 23.01.94
N6546L Grumman Aerospace 03.02.94 bought
93-1097 United States Air Force 10.95 transferred


VH-EAC Qantas 05.02.68
G-BDEA British Caledonian Airways 06.10.75 leased
VH-EAC Qantas 31.12.75
VH-EAC ITEL 11.78 bought
C-GRYN Ontario World 11.78 leased
C-GRYN Worldways Canada 05.81 bought
A20-623 Royal Australian Air Force 17.06.83 bought
N623RH Omega Air 07.04.11 bought

VH-EAI Qantas 22.02.68  
G-BDLM British Caledonian Airways 09.11.75 bought
C-GGAB Worldways Canada 20.01.82 bought
A20-629 Royal Australian Air Force 17.06.83 bought
N629RH Omega Air 07.04.11 bought

G-CDHW : Loch Ryan
Serial No. 21096 / Line Number 900
Age : 41.1 years
Status : Active
N48055 Aviation Services & Support 09.06.75  
9M-TMS Malaysian Government 09.75 leased
G-CDHW British Caledonian Airways 05.11.77 leased
A6-HRM United Arab Emirates 02.02.79 bought
P4-MDJ Comtran / Jaro (Romania) 30.11.95 leased
272 Israeli Air Force 05.09.96 bought
Airlift International N525EJ
Airlift International N525EJ
Air Bahama N525EJ
Air Bahama N525EJ
BCal G-AYEX
BCal G-AYEX
SLA Saint Lucia N525EJ
SLA Saint Lucia N525EJ
USAF 67-14917
USAF 67-14917
USAF 67-14917 in 2010
USAF 67-14917 in 2010
Qantas VH-EBW
Qantas VH-EBW
Anglo Cargo G-BDEA
Anglo Cargo G-BDEA
Royal Jordanian EL-AKH
Royal Jordanian EL-AKH
USAF 93-1097
USAF 93-1097
USAF 93-1097
USAF 93-1097
USAF 93-1097  in 2012
USAF 93-1097 in 2012
Qantas VH-EAC
Qantas VH-EAC
Ontario Worldair C-GRYN
Ontario Worldair C-GRYN
Worldways C-GRYN
Worldways C-GRYN
RAAF A20-623
RAAF A20-623
RAAF A20-623
RAAF A20-623
RAAF A20-623 in 2011
RAAF A20-623 in 2011
Ex-BCal G-CDHW
Ex-BCal G-CDHW
UAE A6-HRM
UAE A6-HRM
Israeli 272
Israeli 272
272 lands in France 28th Feb 2016
272 lands in France 28th Feb 2016
Next day leaving Canada on 29th Feb
Next day leaving Canada on 29th Feb

JSTARS: Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System
This aircraft is in the USAF's JSTARS Air Control Wing and is used for battlefield control and management.
Omega Air are the only civilian operator licensed to conduct Air to Air refuelling of military aircraft worldwide.

N623RH is in use supporting military aircraft around the world
Omega Air are the only civilian operator licensed to conduct Air to Air refuelling of military aircraft worldwide.

N629RH is in use supporting military aircraft around the world
As can be seen by the last two photos, this 707 is fully engaged in flights for the Israeli Air Force as of 2016 and is not sat on the sidelines by any means.

Originally registered after Curly Walters, the Head of BCAL Aircraft Trading, it is quite fitting that this aircraft is still busy and flying the world's air routes...it has proven to be a good sound aircraft.

The latest sightings of 272, and I am sure there are many more.

May 2016 - Seen at Madrid's Torrejon Air Force Base
May 2016 - Luxembourg International
June 2016 - Slovakia
Oct 2016 - Brest, France