Richierich From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 4372 posts, RR: 6 Posted (11 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 3277 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.