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User currently offlinePenguinflies From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 988 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 4472 times:

Hey,

The topic of Oldest Aircraft By Airline got me thinking...What is the oldest aircraft in current schedule service in the world? There is probably some old DC-2 or 247 flying somewhere. Anyone know where it is?

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User currently offlineLauda777 From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 165 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 4445 times:

I don't know but I reckon it would be in the USA for sure, no offence but you guys have so many airlines! Then again it could be in a 3rd world country, anyone know how old Ariana's 727's are? I think they were donated to them after the war.


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User currently offlineFlyPIJets From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 898 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 4423 times:

Buffalo Airways in Canada operates DC-3 scheduled pax service from Yellowknife, NT to Hay River, NT.

I think the oldest DC-3 was built in 1942.



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User currently offlineTrident From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2000, 484 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 4382 times:

It depends on what you mean by "in service". A number of airlines keep historic aircraft for publicity purposes and occasionally fly passengers in them. Other airlines use older aircraft for sightseeing flights (eg. Ford Trimotors etc).

As far as honest to goodness, daily scheduled services the answer would have to be a DC-3/C-47 somewhere or other - probably South America. 13,000 DC-3s and their military derivatives were built between 1936 and 1945 so there is a good chance that a fair number are still earning their keep.


User currently offlineHlywdCatft From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 5321 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 4229 times:

There still are Stinson and Ford Trimotors flying, not on scheduled service but still giving rides.

At Oshgosh and at Kalamazoo Airport you see the Trimotors still flying.

Scenic Airways of Las Vegas still has one listed in its fleet, I don't know if it still flies.


User currently offlineRichierich From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 4247 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 4210 times:

I think it used to be Northwest's 727s!


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User currently offlineAA717driver From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 1566 posts, RR: 13
Reply 6, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 4191 times:

NW still has some DC9-10's. Those are '66 vintage, I believe.TC


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User currently offlineFlagshipAZ From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3419 posts, RR: 14
Reply 7, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 4149 times:

I know that someplace in Georgia USA the oldest DC-3 still surviving (5th built) may be giving air tours on a semi-regular basis. But this info may be a few years out of date. One or two Ford Trimotors are still flyable. And even one Stinson Trimotor is still flying...but just doing the airshow curcuit now. BTW, this Stinson (N11153) is an ex-American Airlines aircraft, their oldest known survivor. Regards.


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User currently offlineElectraBob From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 931 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 4051 times:

How old are the Grumman G-73 Turbo Mallards that still fly for Chalk's International?? I believe these may have been built in the late '40s. They are still flown FLL-NSB (Bimini) and FLL-NAS.


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User currently offlineIndustrialPate From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3981 times:

I think it used to be Northwest's 727s!

Huh? NW's B727 were, on average, 15 years newer than AA's...


User currently offlineCannibalZ3 From United States of America, joined May 2001, 392 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3868 times:

I think probably an early DC-3/C-47 is probably still doing regular runs on every continent, I've seen at least 3 doing cargo runs in the continental US. Out of La Paz, Bolivia, there are cargo flights with Curtiss C-46s, those are damn old! Also, the fire services here in the US use pretty old planes don't they? And I bet some old An-2s are flying around the former USSR area.

User currently offlineBeltwaybandit From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 495 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 3791 times:

I've heard from an inside source that the Chalk's amphibs have had virtually every part on them replaced a few time over due to their high-corrosion environment. If you averaged the airframe age, they would probably be newer than NW's DC-9s!

User currently offlinePenguinflies From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 988 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 3740 times:

Yeah I was thinking, some DC-3 flying a nightly run from HNL-OGG would be an old aircraft in service. I was wondering if there was like a Piper or Beaver or something out there that someone knew for sure was flying around

User currently offlineThrust From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 2688 posts, RR: 10
Reply 13, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3620 times:

I agree, Penguinflies. The oldest aircraft I have seen to date is a Douglas DC-3, with some European or South-American airline.


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