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Then And Now, First Off The Line Or Famous Planes  
User currently offlineJAM747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 550 posts, RR: 1
Posted (8 years 6 months 16 hours ago) and read 3729 times:

I am sure many of us have a favorite aircraft or have interests in different types and we probably have researched their origins, history etc. Does anyone know where the first off the line of any aircraft model happens to be now? Maybe have some photos?. For example my favorite Aircraft is the 747 and the first one built is still at Boeing being displayed with some other aircrafts. Maybe it was a aircraft famous because of a special flight it did , was part of a historic event or performed a special role such as Air Force One. It would be interesting to know the fate of these planes which at some point individually made the news for some reason of the other. I am sure others have been curious as to what happened to the first 727, DC8,DC10, MD11, A300, etc, etc. Thanks.

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User currently offlineScorpio From Belgium, joined Oct 2001, 4981 posts, RR: 44
Reply 1, posted (8 years 6 months 16 hours ago) and read 3714 times:

The first MD-11 is with FedEx (N601FE), first A300 was scrapped (I believe as early as 1976). The first A320 and first A340 are still with Airbus, first A330 is with Cathay Pacific (B-HLJ), who also have the first 777 (B-HNL). The first A310 went to Swissair, who later sold it to FedEx, who still operate it (N450FE).

User currently offlineAviation From Australia, joined Dec 2004, 1143 posts, RR: 22
Reply 2, posted (8 years 6 months 1 hour ago) and read 3647 times:

The first 767 is was used in a surveillance programe but now just in the desert:


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Photo © Sam Chui



The first 757 was used in a radar programe and still is used:


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Photo © Shawn Byers



The first 737 flew first for lufthansa and is now scrapped I believe


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Photo © Gerhard Plomitzer



The first 747 has been since restored and is now in the muesum of flight:


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Photo © Sharkey



The first 727 flew for united and now is at the muesum of flight:


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Photo © Dmitry Avdeev



The first DC-10 flew for American and was converted to MD-10 in 2000:


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Photo © Frank C. Duarte Jr.



The first DC9 flew for Trans Texas Airways and was scrapped in Texas:


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Photo © Mel Lawrence



The first Commercial Jet the Comet flew for BOAC and is now at the muesum of flight:


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Photo © Jason Pineau




Hope this helps

Cheers,
Aaron



Signed, Aaron Nicoli - Trans World Airlines Collector
User currently offlinePHLBOS From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 7482 posts, RR: 24
Reply 3, posted (8 years 5 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 3615 times:

Quoting Aviation (Reply 2):
The first 727 flew for united and now is at the muesum of flight:

When did it arrive there? During my visit there last August, the only parked 727 I saw was one from AA (a 727-200).



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User currently offlineAviation From Australia, joined Dec 2004, 1143 posts, RR: 22
Reply 4, posted (8 years 5 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 3607 times:

Its been there for a long time!

Probably outside in a hanger somewhere, don't exactly know myself.


Cheers,



Signed, Aaron Nicoli - Trans World Airlines Collector
User currently offlineJeffry747 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 963 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (8 years 5 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 3596 times:
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The first Boeing 707, a.k.a. 367-80 and "Dash 80", is currently on display at the Smithsonian's Stephen F. Udvar-Hazy Center at IAD. It is flanked by the Enola Gay and an Air France Concorde.


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User currently offlineJustplanesmart From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 713 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 3584 times:

Quoting Aviation (Reply 2):
The first 737 flew first for lufthansa and is now scrapped I believe

No, the first 737 was sold to NASA, and now is parked at the Museum of Flight at Boeing Field with the aforementioned first 747 and the former AA 727-200 that PHLBOS saw. Also there are the VC-137B (707-120B) that was one of the first jets to fly as Air Force One, and the Concorde G-BOAG. The first 727 is the one you see in the pictures that Aviation posted above, and is at the Museum's restoration center at Paine Field, along with the Comet. However, this Comet is a 4C, the last production model, and was originally flown by Mexicana. BOAC never flew the 4C variant.



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