I have just seen a 707 depart from HTDA Dar es Salaam that has the tail painted with the Boeing colors. Any idea of who the plane belongs to?

Livery like this one:

777 in Boeing colors

Obviously 707 instead of 777 painted on it.


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Official airplane of Democratic Republic of Congo

Today, the Democratic Republic of Congo uses a B707-138B, registered 9Q-CLK: LK for Laurent Kabila.

Laurent Kabila has been Congo's President until his assassination (he was succeeded by his son).

This is an airplane with a long history (and some controversy). She has now 707 painted on the tail, but not the Boeing markings. Thanks to our friends at Airliners.net several pictures are available:

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(source: Airliners.net, Mark. Szemberski)

Once this a/c had no logo at all, here in 2008:

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(source: Airliners.net, Weimeng)

On Youtube too: B707 9Q-CLK .

Qantas in the past

Back in 1959 when it entered service at Qantas as VH-EBG, the first B707 with a 5th engine in a pod-pak:

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(source: Qantas Heritage Collection)

More on the curious engine exhaust and the pod-pak.

  • $\begingroup$ Side question, but what the heck is up with that engine on left of the last picture? It looks totally different. $\endgroup$ Sep 1, 2015 at 17:16
  • $\begingroup$ @DavidGrinberg The trick is that on the right it's no engine at all. It's a Pod-Pak, an encasement for spare engine carried just in case ground crew needs one. $\endgroup$
    – Agent_L
    Sep 1, 2015 at 17:34
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    $\begingroup$ @Agent_L: The same pod-pak with the crew. Another picture of the pod-pak. And this overall view showing the location. Hey this was 1959! Still flying after 56 years, albeit without the spare engine. $\endgroup$
    – mins
    Sep 1, 2015 at 21:17
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    $\begingroup$ But what's up with the engine on the left, why so many exhaust holes? $\endgroup$
    – Alexus
    Sep 1, 2015 at 22:00
  • $\begingroup$ @Alexus: This is explained by DeltaLima in the linked question: It's for noise reduction. $\endgroup$
    – mins
    Sep 1, 2015 at 22:14

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