15 Aug 2012
Airservices air traffic controllers and aviation fire fighters have welcomed home the Australian Olympic team after the conclusion of the 2012 London Olympics.
Call-signed ‘Qantas 6058’, the specially painted Qantas 747-400, featuring a boxing kangaroo, touched down on Sydney’s Runway 34L shortly after 7.00am, having flown in from London via Bangkok.
The occasion was marked with a special welcome radio transmission by the tower controller.
“Qantas 6058, Airservices Sydney Tower welcomes home the Australian Olympic team after a terrific effort in London,” the controller said.
On landing, the aircraft was also treated to a traditional ‘water arch salute’ by Airservices aviation fire fighters involving two ultra-large Mk8 fire vehicles throwing water over a distance of more than 80 metres as the aircraft passed beneath.
The water arch salute is used around the world for ceremonial purposes to mark a significant event.