STRIP 08 Aeronatical WEB

The undoubted climax of our distinguished guest's visit was the official naming, and christening with water from the Dawson River, of Qantas Boeing 737-838 VH-XZO in a ceremony at Brisbane Airport on 28 October 2014.

Together with visiting Bundestag President Prof Dr Norbert Lammert, our guest did the honours in front of an invited VIP audience of dignitaries, including ambassadors past and present, and friends old and new. Australian Aviation magazine reported on the event, but we'll let the pictures do the talking here ...

1.1.1 a THUMB MT-6040 DawsonRiver-waterbottles 2610-filtered   1.1.2a THUMB PH-1609 BAP-QF-H3-exterior 2810
Four 600ml bottles of filtered Dawson River water, complete with commemorative labels, were prepared from the Muches' collected bottle. (Foto: MT)   Qantas Hangar 3 on the eastern side of Brisbane Airport, handles the airline's Boeing 737 maintenance and was the venue for the event. (Foto: Paula Hay)
1.2.1a THUMB TH-3 BAP XZO-LL-MT 2810   1.2.2a THUMB JD-0014 BAP-XZO-LL-MT 2810
On the stairs by the nose of the three-week-old Boeing 737, Ludwig and Matt Tesch shake hands on the memorable moment. (Foto: Tuba Media Productions)    Ludwig waves to the crowd as a clearly-delighted Matt, who conceived and drove the aircraft naming proect, looks on. (Foto: Jen Dainer / DFAT)
1.3.1a THUMB MT-6059 BAP XZO-with-LL 2810   1.3.2a THUMB TH-11 BAP XZO-LL-MS 2810
Ludwig stands next to VH-XZO in what must surely have been a very profound moment, which was one year in the making. (Foto: MT)   Ludwig with Honorary Consul Michael Schütz who, as chair of the Leichhardt Roundtable group, oversaw a 'wild idea' come to aeronautical fruition. (Tuba Media)
1.4.1a THUMB TH-49 XZO-cockpit-NL-with-DE 2810   1.4.2a THUMB JD-0118 BAP XZO-cockpit-LL-MT-DE 2810
Bundestag President Lammert (L) receives a briefing from Qantas Senior Captain David Evans in the cockpit of VH-XZO before the ceremony. (Tuba Media)   'Captain Leichhardt' assures Matt Tesch that this is
no longer just a dream as the real Captain Evans
looks on. (Foto: Jen Dainer / DFAT)
1.5.1a THUMB MT-6072 BAP-H3-ceremony QF-NB-MC 2810   1.5.2a THUMB TH-31 BAP-H3-official-audience 2810
Invited guests take their seats in front of VH-XZO in the middle bay of Hangar 3 as Qantas MC Nick Bull opens the proceedings. (Foto: MT)   Evocative view of the assembled VIPs and dignitaries from beside the flying kangaroo on the number 1 engine cowling of VH-XZO. (Tuba Media)
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