Penguinflies From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 995 posts, RR: 0 Posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 5354 times:
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?
Lauda777 From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 165 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 5327 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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Trident From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2000, 484 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 5264 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.
FlagshipAZ From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3419 posts, RR: 13
Reply 7, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 5031 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 But this info may be a few years out of date.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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CannibalZ3 From United States of America, joined May 2001, 392 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 4750 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.
Beltwaybandit From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 495 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 4673 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!
Penguinflies From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 995 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 4622 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