Final Qantas Boeing 747 leaves a flying kangaroo formation in the sky as it leaves Australia

After doing a flyover salute to the very first Qantas Boeing 747-400 on Wednesday afternoon the last one in the fleet did one final farewell gesture off the Australian coastline before leaving our skies.

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Heading north-east from Shellharbour Airport VH-OEJ did a flying kangaroo formation in the sky off the coast of Newcastle as a parting symbol to almost 50 years of service.

It then continued its journey across the Pacific Ocean bound for Los Angeles and then retirement in the United States.

Goodbye and thanks for the memories: After this flyover at Albion Park Rail the last Boeing 747-400 in the Qantas 747-400 headed north-east over Shellharbour and off the coast of Newcastle painted a flying kangaroo formation in the sky as a parting gesture. Picture: Robert Peet.

Goodbye and thanks for the memories: After this flyover at Albion Park Rail the last Boeing 747-400 in the Qantas 747-400 headed north-east over Shellharbour and off the coast of Newcastle painted a flying kangaroo formation in the sky as a parting gesture. Picture: Robert Peet.

More to come along with all the photos from Wednesday's flyover of Wollongong and Shellharbour.

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