NHGrafx From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 198 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 3301 times:
I have nothing against flying in an old plane as long as it has been well taken care of and properly maintained. I would rather fly in a impeccably maintained 731 or 732 than one that looks like its been to hell and back, although thats not a very sound argument because I have seen nearly new planes that look like they have been to hell and back. But generally, I don't really mind old planes.
Is it weird I have a RemoveBeforeFlight pitot cover on my car rear view mirror?
LawrenceMck From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 311 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 3238 times:
The older the aircraft the better I'd say. To be honest I don't think about how airworthy the aircraft is because it has to pass a certain degree of safety before it fly's anyway. Nowadays there aren't too many old aircraft operating. Back in August I flew on a Boeing 747-200 (TF-ABA) which is now out of service, I feel kinda honoured to be one of the last groups of passengers to have flown on this beautiful bird.
57AZ From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2550 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (8 years 7 months 21 hours ago) and read 2982 times:
I'll fly a DC-3/4/6 any day if it's been maintained. This year is the 70th birthday of the DC-3 and there are still plenty flying, most still operating in Part 135 or 121 service in different places. They'll probably still be flying well after the 767s and similar types have been relegated to museums or the scrap heap.
"When a man runs on railroads over half of his lifetime he is fit for nothing else-and at times he don't know that."
DeltaGuy767 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 663 posts, RR: 2
Reply 24, posted (8 years 7 months ago) and read 2949 times:
Quoting Skydrol (Reply 9): I find flights to be more of a fun adventure on rickety, old airplanes! Especially when things go wrong with them!
Amen to that my friend. I flew from CUN-Merida in an Aerocarribe DC-9 and once we got on the runway and the Capt. applied full power, the airframe began to shake and ricket. It continued to do that inflight and when we were on approach, the right engine cut and I could feel the airplane buffet due to the power loss. Then the Capt. appiled almost full in the left and we made it down with fire trucks and the calvary following us all the way to the gate.
FlyingRev From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 25, posted (8 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2946 times:
You might find that this topic "How Is An Aircraft's Safety Tested?" is very helpful to you. You can find it under civil aviation archived. Many of these same things are discussed, but you will find some very interesting information about older a/c and how they are rated, tested, and about their reliability.