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User currently offlineAloha717200 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 4426 posts, RR: 15
Posted (3 years 7 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3791 times:

I'm trying to compile a list of aircraft whose type only has one remaining frame left in the world. But I'm also interested in those with very, very low numbers of remaining frames.

Which type of aircraft have less than 20 remaining examples left in the world? Which aircraft are the last of their breed, being the only remaining example? (I'm not looking for replicas, so the thousands of wright flyer replicas don't count. Only original aircraft, whether restored or just preserved, airworthy or not.)

This includes jetliners, prop airliners, business aircraft, etc. Anything that's down to its last numbers.

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User currently offlinemaxpower1954 From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 1034 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (3 years 7 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3731 times:

Vultee V-1A - flown by American in the mid-30s.

http://www.eaa231.org/Museum/Vultee/Vultee.htm


User currently offlineoly720man From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 6604 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (3 years 7 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3704 times:

An225(?old enough)

Shorts Belfast

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Avro Lancaster

Beech Starship (5 privately owned left from the comment)

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XB70

A number of X planes

HS748. Not sure there are that many left



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User currently offline71Zulu From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 3049 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 7 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3697 times:

737-100 - only 1 left I thought?

B29 - not many of those left either



The good old days: Delta L-1011s at MSY
User currently offlineLEEDS19 From United Arab Emirates, joined May 2008, 92 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (3 years 7 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 3444 times:

These few spring to mind.

McDonnell 220


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Bregeut 763-


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Bristol Britannia-Only a few remaining


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User currently offlinekanban From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 3205 posts, RR: 25
Reply 5, posted (3 years 7 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 3395 times:
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a Capronu Ca.20 from WWI... un restored and will stay that way

http://www.museumofflight.org/aircraft/caproni-ca20


User currently offline4holer From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 2979 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (3 years 7 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 3110 times:

Convair 990, more rare since the El Paso bird was scrapped.
Convair 880, wish the restoration project could have at least kept that one whole.
The turbojet powered KC135 "vomit comet" at Pima Air Museum has to be rare.
XB-70 in Wright Patterson
Pratt-Whitney has the last airworthy B720
Does Travolta's 707count?

Edit: Sorry, just saw the XB-70 mentioned already

[Edited 2010-09-16 13:21:14]


Ghosts appear and fade away.....................
User currently offlineoly720man From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 6604 posts, RR: 11
Reply 7, posted (3 years 7 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3038 times:

Your probably approaching your limit with active Il62s and Il18s. Are there many Il86 flying now?

BAC 1-11s are thin on the ground now.



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User currently offlinefalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 5961 posts, RR: 27
Reply 8, posted (3 years 7 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 3022 times:
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Quoting Aloha717200 (Thread starter):
Which type of aircraft have less than 20 remaining examples left in the world?

How about the Dassault Mercure? I think there were only 12 to begin with. I know there there are none flying today, but I don't know how many are still around.

There can't be many DC-2s left, maybe eight or so.

I know there only 6 Douglas B-18s left in the world.

Quoting 4holer (Reply 6):
Does Travolta's 707count?

probably not, considering there are more than twenty 707s out there, especially if you count the military operators.

How many Caravelles are still around? I know we just lost one to the scrapper recently in California.



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User currently offlineisitsafenow From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4984 posts, RR: 24
Reply 9, posted (3 years 7 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 3002 times:

On the McDonnell 220..what was the cruising speed, mach 3?
Betcha that little bugger could flat move across the sky......
safe



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User currently offlinePITingres From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 1083 posts, RR: 13
Reply 10, posted (3 years 7 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 3001 times:

I think the Avro Vulcan is under your 20-frame line, as is the Concorde.


Fly, you fools! Fly!
User currently offlineClassicLover From Ireland, joined Mar 2004, 4598 posts, RR: 24
Reply 11, posted (3 years 7 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2996 times:

The Vickers VC-10 has 13 remaining in service (24% of the total production run - pretty amazing considering the last example was delivered in 1970 - the youngest in service is 40 years old!), and there are three complete examples in museums and one fuselage in a musem.


I do quite enjoy a spot of flying - more so when it's not in Economy!
User currently offlinefalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 5961 posts, RR: 27
Reply 12, posted (3 years 7 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2990 times:
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Quoting isitsafenow (Reply 9):
On the McDonnell 220

Where is the sole example? The last picture in the DB is at El Paso in 2002.



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User currently offlineisitsafenow From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4984 posts, RR: 24
Reply 13, posted (3 years 7 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2987 times:

Quoting falstaff (Reply 12):
Where is the sole example? The last picture in the DB is at El Paso in 2002.

Shall I re-state and use past-tense?



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User currently offlineCairnterriAIR From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 401 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (3 years 7 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2958 times:

*There is one Former United/Airborne Express Caravelle on display at the New England Air Museum at BDL...don't know how many others are left...possibly one or two more?

*How many L-1011's are left?


User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 24061 posts, RR: 23
Reply 15, posted (3 years 7 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2937 times:

This is the only intact Vickers Vanguard, at the Brooklands museum in England.


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Same aircraft with original operator.


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And after being converted to a freighter.


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