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Topic: Oldest Commercial A/C Still In Service?
Username: Jpz1991
Posted 2003-12-23 15:02:56 and read 6339 times.

Does anyone know what is the oldest commercial aircraft still in regular service with a major airline?

Topic: RE: Oldest Commercial A/C Still In Service?
Username: Capt078
Posted 2003-12-23 15:11:31 and read 6289 times.

for any major airline in north america, it's got to be northwest dc-9s. otherwise, there are a bunch of bac-111s in africa. i know chalks uses grumman amphibians and there are some dc-3s on some sightseeing flights out west.

Topic: RE: Oldest Commercial A/C Still In Service?
Username: N707PA
Posted 2003-12-23 15:46:19 and read 6206 times.

Is N700ME still in service ?(DC-9 #2)

Topic: RE: Oldest Commercial A/C Still In Service?
Username: Slamclick
Posted 2003-12-23 16:07:17 and read 6107 times.

Up until two months ago this one was.

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As for jets, one of the oldest DC-9-14 airframes was still flying recently. I'm researching it.

Topic: RE: Oldest Commercial A/C Still In Service?
Username: Santosdumont
Posted 2003-12-23 16:23:12 and read 6035 times.

For what it's worth, I was thumbing through a popular Brazilian aviation magazine and they list a 737-200 flying for VASP (PP-SMA) as the oldest pax acft operating for the same carrier in Brazil.

I did a quick photo check here and it appears the acft went into service with VASP in 1969. Reading on, the text says the oldest pax acft in Brazil is a 1962 Fokker F-27 Friendship currently in service with Tavaj airlines flying as PT-LAG. I tried a photo search on that model but came up empty-handed.

Let me take advantage of the discussion on old commercial acft by saying how much I miss the 707  Sad

Topic: RE: Oldest Commercial A/C Still In Service?
Username: Vimanav
Posted 2003-12-23 20:00:54 and read 5881 times.


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Don't know about world's oldest but this one's the oldest fixed wing commercial airplane in scheduled airline service in India today. Incidentally 'Samudragupta' turned 24 just a few hours ago.

rgds//Vimanav

Topic: RE: Oldest Commercial A/C Still In Service?
Username: Trident
Posted 2003-12-23 20:06:42 and read 5822 times.

Has to be something like a DC-3 or maybe even a De Havilland Dragon Rapide.
Is there not a Ford Trimotor still earning its keep somewhere in the US?

Topic: RE: Oldest Commercial A/C Still In Service?
Username: Beltwaybandit
Posted 2003-12-23 20:52:50 and read 5721 times.

The question specified "a major airline." So all the DC3s are out.

Gotta be a DC-9, unless you expand it to freight, in which case you may need to check on DC-8s.

Some of NW DC-9s must be from 1967-69.

Topic: RE: Oldest Commercial A/C Still In Service?
Username: Mlsrar
Posted 2003-12-23 20:57:23 and read 5681 times.

I think it's N700ME from YX--manufacture date Feb 24 1966, and was one of the early birds off the line.

Topic: RE: Oldest Commercial A/C Still In Service?
Username: BR715-A1-30
Posted 2003-12-23 22:18:36 and read 5488 times.

I thought N400ME was the 2nd off the line. or was it the first.

Topic: RE: Oldest Commercial A/C Still In Service?
Username: Dexter
Posted 2003-12-23 22:49:30 and read 5376 times.

I've done some research and the winner seems to be:
CP-1223, a 727-78, in service with Lloyd Aero Boliviano:

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This bird is l/n 104 and had accomplished its first flight on January 5th 1965.
This is, of course, among more or less significant carriers. A few small airlines in Africa and Latin America operate even older aircraft (such as l/n 15, 24 and 44).

PS At least the aircraft looks to be in good condition:

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Topic: RE: Oldest Commercial A/C Still In Service?
Username: Pilotallen
Posted 2003-12-23 23:35:49 and read 5303 times.

Now dont quote me but if we did get into cargo as well DHL still flies convairs correct? not in the us but in germany or somethign to that extent. Fedex also has some older F27's unless they got rid of those already. Ups has dc-8's too. along with ABX.

Topic: RE: Oldest Commercial A/C Still In Service?
Username: Espion007
Posted 2003-12-23 23:52:27 and read 5213 times.

Im sure Aeroflot is using att least 1 REALLY old an-2 somewhere in Siberia or up in the arctic.

Topic: RE: Oldest Commercial A/C Still In Service?
Username: MidEx717
Posted 2003-12-25 02:18:48 and read 5006 times.

N700ME its last flight or flights will be December 31, 2003. Some days Midwest Airlines flies N700ME and other days it sits outside the hangar in MKE or inside the hangar if mainteance is needed. N700ME will be retired from service after that day and I have heard rumors that it might go to the Simthsounen in Washington D.C. Will give you people updates if I hear any more news.

Topic: RE: Oldest Commercial A/C Still In Service?
Username: VS340
Posted 2003-12-25 09:13:13 and read 4857 times.

If the end of N700ME is in only a few days then this may very well be the last picture taken of it still in service, at least on A.net.


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taken on December 19.

Topic: RE: Oldest Commercial A/C Still In Service?
Username: Rhino4ever
Posted 2003-12-25 16:43:22 and read 4697 times.

NWA's oldest DC-9 is ship #9150, registration # N8908E, A DC-9-14 with a FSN# of 50 with a date of September 8,1966.

Topic: RE: Oldest Commercial A/C Still In Service?
Username: CanadianNorth
Posted 2003-12-25 18:49:43 and read 4619 times.

Buffalo Airways of Yellowknife, NWT, operates 1 passenger carrying DC-3, aswell as a fleet of cargo carrying DC-3s, DC-4s, and C-46s. I dont know about the oldest but these aircrafts arent exactly your modern widebody jetliner...


Merry Christmas!
CanadianNorth


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