A340pilot From Canada, joined Sep 2003, 576 posts, RR: 0 Posted (9 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 5177 times:
Does anyone know if the "city of Everett" 747 at the museum of flight will be restored anytime soon? Its a real shame that such a beautiful aircraft has been left unattended to, especially since its the prototype for the 747's. Just the exterior at the least.
Canadi>nBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 1, posted (9 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 5128 times:
From what I understand and have read, yes, the "City Of Everett" is in the process of being fully restored to its rightful state. The process of restoration, however, will be some time, due to funding. I believe the timeframe is 1-2 years from now before this numero uno 747 is shipshape.
Apparently, the interiors will reflect the era it was built in (1968-1969).
It would be absolutely awesome to see it and tour inside.
Searpqx From Netherlands, joined Jun 2000, 4343 posts, RR: 12 Reply 2, posted (9 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 5044 times:
Actually the process has been (slowly) going on for some time. It sat for a couple of years w/ the engines removed, then the engines sat in crates below the wings, etc. It will be fantastic to see it all back together like she was in the 60s, but just seeing the progress over the last few years has been great.
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Canadi>nBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 4, posted (9 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 4968 times:
Well, that's news to me, as I've read in at least 3 publications that the funding for the restoration DOES include cabin interiors. Also, some YVR friends of mine visited the museum this year, and were told by staff there that the "City Of Everett" will be fully restored, funds pending.
Canadi>nBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 6, posted (9 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 4904 times:
Clickhappy, I don't particularily care about this issue one way or the other; I simply communicated what I read and was told. If the information I was was given is incorrect, then so it is. If the aircraft is fully restored, great; if only the exterior is restored, great.
Skiordie From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 73 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (9 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 4768 times:
I wonder if at some time "City Of Everett" would be given or gets the same museum/restoration treatment that the Dash 80 got. It is a significant aircraft that would surely be a crown jewel of any museum.
JMChladek From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 331 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (9 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 4716 times:
Wait a moment, everything I read about "City of Everett" said that when it was built, it was not outfitted with any cabin interior. This is part of the reason why another aircraft with a full interior was sent to the Paris Airshow back then. So it wouldn't be a restoration, but rather putting in an interior if that was the case. An interior would be nice yes, but not accurate for the duties that this ship performed.
A340pilot From Canada, joined Sep 2003, 576 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (9 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 4658 times:
Even so...... Just being able to restore the exterior so that it looks good. I think it at least deserves that. If there was no original interior than leave it like that. But at the least get out the jet wash and give it a once over!
Exitrow From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 11, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 4491 times:
I have been asked to forward this information to you all by Mr. Craig O'Neill, Marketing Communications Manager at the Museum of Flight, who saw this thread and wanted to straighten out any questions about the restoration of the world's first 747.
Thanks to all the Airliners.net folks for their interest in RA001 (aka "City
of Everett"), the Boeing 747 prototype at The Museum of Flight in Seattle.
We certainly agree with the opinion expressed by many in this thread that
the aircraft is an historical treasure of international significance
deserving thorough restoration and conscientious stewardship.
Here are our current plans for RA001:
This fall, a team of volunteers will tackle reinstallation of the engine
cowlings, which we hope to have done by next summer. This is not a
straightforward job, because the JT9D engines that were donated for the
aircraft following its last use as a 777 engine testbed lacked much of the
bracketry and attach hardware for the cowlings. We suspect that some of
these parts will have to be fabricated from scratch as they are no longer
We plan to repaint the trim colors only sometime in the next year or so.
Unfortunately, there is no paint hangar on KBFI big enough to accommodate
the aircraft, so there can be no question of a complete repainting. As far
as interior restoration, RA001 was never certified as a standard airliner
and never had a complete passenger interior. Our long-term goal is to
restore the interior to a flight-test configuration. We have begun to
acquire representative test racks, ballast water barrels and other equipment
to facilitate this restoration, but we've made no final decision about
exactly which test configuration or era will be represented.
Eventually, RA001 will be housed inside the Museum's planned Commercial
Aviation Wing. At that time, the aircraft interior will be open for public
tours. There are no plans, however, to make it accessible to the public
before it goes inside. The timing of construction of this new wing is very
uncertain at this point. It depends entirely on our fund-raising success,
which in turn is tied very tightly to the health of the economy in general
and the health of the airline/aerospace industry in specific.
The constant need for money applies, of course, not just to buildings but to
aircraft restoration as well. To clarify one point, the Museum does not
receive any operational cash support from The Boeing Company, and although
we have received generous in-kind donations from the company over the years,
these are far, far below the level that would be required to do a "Dash
80-style" restoration on RA001. Boeing committed huge and unspecified
amounts of company resources (almost certainly well into the seven figures)
to restore the Dash 80 and the 307 Stratoliner for the Smithsonian, not to
mention the thousands of volunteer man-hours committed by Boeing employees.
To date, no such commitment appears to be forthcoming for RA001 (or for the
Museum's 727 prototype, which is being restored by Museum volunteers at our
Restoration Center at Paine Field/Snohomish County Airport (KPAE) in
I mention all this not for the sake of "woe-is-me" whining, but just to
underscore that what we would love to be able to do by way of restoring and
preserving the aircraft in our collection is not always what we are able to
do, particularly in the short run. There are many worthy projects vying for
a very limited pot of resources. Additions to that pot are always more than
Marketing Communications Manager
The Museum of Flight
Milesrich From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1855 posts, RR: 7 Reply 14, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 4358 times:
What restoration work is being done to N7001U. I flew on the aircraft many times during its 27 or so years of service with UAL. When United retired it, they first repainted it into the delivery paint scheme. Are they restoring the interior to the original S Class 2-3 seating arrangement, that was Pat Patterson's great idea that flopped?