HARS opening Wing Walks of their ex-Qantas Boeing 747 at Albion Park

Aboriginal Elder Aunty Lindy Lawler with Phil Mason from HARS doing a Wing Walk on the Boeing 747 at the Illawarra Regional Airport. Picture: Sylvia Liber
Aboriginal Elder Aunty Lindy Lawler with Phil Mason from HARS doing a Wing Walk on the Boeing 747 at the Illawarra Regional Airport. Picture: Sylvia Liber

If you’ve ever wanted to get a bird’s-eye-view of the escarpment now’s your chance, from the tip of a wing.

The Historical Aircraft Restoration Society is letting the public saddle up to their Boeing 747 at Illawarra Regional Airport in Albion Park.

The record breaking big bird is a popular attraction with cockpit tours and now you can view the land from the top of the creature with Wing Walks to be launched on the first weekend of November.

HARS 747 Project Manager Phil Mason and Aboriginal elder Aunty Lindy Lawler were the first take on take the challenge on Wednesday.

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Picture: Sylvia Liber

Picture: Sylvia Liber

Mr Mason said you get a view from a new perspective as well as learning about how the wings get the machine in the air and safely back on the ground.

The ex-Qantas aircraft still holds the record for flying non-stop from London to Sydney which was completed once in 1989.

“The only thing they added onto the aircraft was some specially formulated jet fuel. Otherwise the aircraft that you’re looking at is pretty much how it flew,” Mr Mason said.

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He said it’s a hard record to break and at the time was “touch and go” whether it would be possible, but thanks to strong tail winds pushing it forward the Boeing made it.

Participants for the Wings Walk must be over the age of 14, wearing fully enclosed flat footwear and no skirts to ensure the fitting of a snug safety harness.

For bookings call the HARS Museum 4257 4333.