Futureualpilot From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2614 posts, RR: 7 Posted (11 years 10 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 3920 times:
I saw on TV today an ex-Continental 742 being chopped up at a boneyard for airliners, and it actually was hard to watch. Ive seen many of thse airliners siutting their collecting dust, withdrawn from use, and I personally hate it. I was just wondering what you think or feel when you see an old airliner(like an L-1011 or DC9, or classic 747) sitting in the desert or being chopped up?
Airtangora From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 67 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (11 years 10 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 3868 times:
Sounds corney, but I can't help but imagine what the plane is thinking. "Hey, what did I do wrong? I am still capable, I wanna work, why am I here." "Put me in coach! I am ready to play."
Planes to me are more than aluminum, glass, wire and cloth, but they have personalities and are like an old friend. You're always glad to see them. So when they are sent to the desert, it just does not seem fair.
A bad day on the road is better than a good day in the office.
N844AA From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1352 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (11 years 10 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 3855 times:
When I was a kid, I remember watching a scene in this movie, "The Brave Little Toaster", that portrayed cars going to the crusher at the junkyard. The anthropomorphized cars were lamenting their fate song, and singing of their rich, fulfilling lives that were coming to a close.
It was extremely upsetting to me and I never watched that movie again. Seeing an airliner (or a B-52 ... stupid SALT II) meeting the same fate arouses a lot of the same feelings. It seems like such a waste. It seems like someone, somewhere should have a use for a perfectly good jetliner. But then again, sentimentality has always been one of my weaknesses.
New airplanes, new employees, low fares, all touchy-feely ... all of them are losers. -Gordon Bethune
DLMHT From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 99 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (11 years 10 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 3816 times:
No doubt about it, it is an awful feeling to see shots of the boneyards and the rows upon rows of airliners lined up. I would certainly love to head over to Victorville and take one of the jets away to be refurbished.
Maybe one of our venerable L-1011s, if only I could afford to make it flyable again.
PROSA From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5644 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (11 years 10 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 3765 times:
The NYC transit authority is disposing of its fleet of "redbird" subway cars by dumping them into the Atlantic Ocean, where they'll act as artificial reefs for marine life. It would be nice if old airliners could be disposed of in a similar manner, though probably not practical.
"Let me think about it" = the coward's way of saying "no"
Positive rate From Australia, joined Sep 2001, 2143 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (11 years 10 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 3525 times:
They should set up a big park somewhere and keep 1 of every type of jetliner on display. They could have fully restored 737-100/200, DC-9, DC-10, DC-8, Convair 880/990 etc. sort of an aircraft museum, but all contained within the one location.
DeltaGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (11 years 10 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 3529 times:
"The Brave Little Toaster"...best movie when I was a kid! I did think of that on my last trip to Mojave..it's like each friend is being betrayed, like a lamb to the slaughter.
When they strip it for parts to keep others flying (like the B-52G's, etc), then it's a little more noble. But when it's to get metal for cans, not worrying about valuable parts, then that's a total shame.
A number of ex USN A-6E's were dumped off the coast of St Augustine, for the artificial reef program...might be a good idea for an airliner hulk, if all the good parts are off em.
My vote: there's pleanty of museums that need a ex Delta Tristar!
Notam-J From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 85 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (11 years 10 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 3461 times:
Every time I fly a NW DC-9 I wonder when it will see that day we all apparently dread. I was on a NW DC-10 just last week, HNL-MSP, and I wondered what would happen to this plane. It's fate will be determined on how fast those A330s roll off the assembly line I guess. Must be worse for the old McDonnell Douglas guys that built it.
If only I had a nickel for every Boeing vs Airbus posting...
LambertMan From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 2087 posts, RR: 34
Reply 16, posted (11 years 10 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 3437 times:
You wanna talk about sad, just look at my hometown airport. I remember taxiing out as a kid to SMF on our M80 seeing 3 741/742's lined up at the end of C and like 3 L10's lining the even C gates. But yes, it is indeed sad when airliners with alot of character are retired in favor of twin engine boring pieces of poo. I hate seeing those TW jumbos lying out in the desert, it just makes me think of STL's glory days.