JAM747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 550 posts, RR: 1 Posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 4892 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.
Scorpio From Belgium, joined Oct 2001, 5291 posts, RR: 43
Reply 1, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 4877 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).
Justplanesmart From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 730 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 4747 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.