The Boeing 747SP (Special Performance) was a modified version of the standard Boeing 747.
It could fly non-stop from New York to Tokyo at a higher speed than other airliners but was supercede by the later Boeing 747-400.
The 747SP version of the Boeing 747 was developed in the early 1970s.
It’s shortened fuselage, modified wing and other changes reduced its weight to increase its range to 12,000kilometres.
They began entering service in 1976 but did not prove popular with airlines so only 45 were eventually manufactured.
Qantas acquired two 747SPs in 1980 and flew them until 2004. Between 1990 and 1996 they were flown to Taiwan by Australia Asia Airlines, a wholly owned Qantas subsidiary, because of Chinese sensitivities about national flag carriers flying to Nationalist China.
This model represents VH-EAA flying for Australia Asia Airlines in the early 1990s.
Welsh Models 1/144 kit with Draw Decals, Cartograf, Microscale and Hawkeye decals completed by Leigh Edmonds in July 2014.