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N747PA - Was This Plane Broken Up?  
User currently offlineRichierich From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 4277 posts, RR: 6
Posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 3001 times:

Yesterday (Feb. 9) was the 35th anniversary of the first Boeing 747 flight and a good segue to my question about N747PA, which was the second 747 off the line and the first to see commercial service. It had a long career with Pan Am, which ended when they did in 1991, and followed that up with a brief career with Aeroposta in Argentina.

To my knowledge, her final resting place is San Bernardino, where she was flown to in 1995. I have not seen any recent pictures of her on airliners, the last showing the aircraft in poor condition in 1999. That was five years ago and plenty happens in that time. Was she broken up? Clearly her days of flying are over but was anything saved?

I flew on this very aircraft as a youngster in April 1984, LHR-JFK (on PA103 no less). I don't remember every commercial flight I have ever been on but I do remember this one - the IFE was James Bond's "Octopussy"! Too bad I didn't understand the significance of flying this aircraft at that time.

Please let me know if there are any updates about Clipper Juan Trippe and her fate.


None shall pass!!!!
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User currently offlineTriStarEnvy From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2265 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 2940 times:

According to a couple of 747 sites, she was B/U in 2000. So to paraphrase John Cleese in the Dead Parrot sketch from Monty Python, "It's flown this mortal coil!"

AND, I believe that on eBay, someone was once selling bits and pieces from her, mounted on a stand.




If you don't stand for SOMETHING, you'll fall for ANYTHING.
User currently offlineFanofjets From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1995 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2813 times:

She is no more. She has ceased to be. Bereft of life, she is an ex-Jumbo. She was "parted" at San Bernardino:

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Here she is in happier times:

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The first Pan Am 747 across the Atlantic was N736PA, Clipper Victor, the aircraft that crashed in the Tenerife tragedy.

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The aeroplane has unveiled for us the true face of the earth. -Antoine de Saint-Exupery
User currently offlineDL_Mech From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 1968 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2691 times:

N747PA is now a restaurant in Korea. See photos of it here: http://www.nhirai.com/airrest.htm


This plane is built to withstand anything... except a bad pilot.
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