Today (Thurs.16.10.14) is the 50th anniversary of the arrival in Australia of the first B727s, one each for Ansett & TAA. I am putting up B727 photos with aviation groups. Here are crops from one of them.
Adelaide (SA). Sat.19.5.79.
Airstair on what looks to be a Bedford J.
A tug for baggage trailers.
An identified Mobil fuel truck.
The last 727 in passenger service (an Ansett one) was withdrawn in Apr.97. I was on one of the ceremonial flights out of Melbourne to mark the event.
I drove one of those for Mt buller transport on weekends carting water all over the Mansfield district, 6 inline GM screamer, flat at 70kmh, left hand hook, drop into reverse and engages 6x6!
Bloody thing would go anywhere
One day took the girlfriend (now wife of 25 years) to jamieson to deliver a load, filled up at the stand pipe in mansfield and proceeded to head to jamieson, about 10 kms into the trip, bride says "there's water coming out the back" I says "no problem darlz, just runnin out of the top overflow"
Bout 10 kms later she says "its still running out"
I pull up for a look and water is pouring out the suction hose on the pump pickup (for river filling) some bloody goose had knocked off the foot valve!
I lost 2/3rds of the load, had to back it into the jamieson river to refill the tank ;D
That was the start of her being right all the time