RareBear From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 553 posts, RR: 0 Posted (11 years 6 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 5639 times:
Back in 2000, NWA donated a retired 747 to Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo to use as a maintenance procedures trainer. Apparently now WMU no longer wants the plane, and is in the process of having it scrapped. As one last hurrah, the school is offering to let the Mich ANG Crash Rescue unit practice its rescue procedures on the craft, including one where a lance punctures a hole in the fuselage and releases a large volume of foam.
JMV From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 241 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (11 years 6 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 5600 times:
Interesting news. One of my best friends was instrumental in getting NW to donate the aircraft to WMU. He was there the day they delivered the plane. Guess I'll be giving him a call tonight to either break the news to him, or find out more.
CALMSP From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 4190 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (11 years 6 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 5143 times:
very very sad.........i miss my days at WMU, and its only been a year!! That was one of the greatest days I spent in K-ZOO when that bird landed here, (other than that one party we had at our house !!! So whats next for us? How about one of the retiring S-340''s from Mesaba!!!
AZO From United States of America, joined Jun 2002, 776 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (11 years 6 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 5035 times:
The 747 is actually at WMU's aviation facility in Battle Creek. One of the reasons they are scrapping the plane is because it is costing them so much money to keep it there (maintenance and other costs of keeping a plane on the grounds) while they get minimal use from it. From what I understand, NW pretty much gutted it and there are very few remaining parts that are useful to the university. There are currently no seats or engines and the aircraft has a large problem with birds nesting in certain places on/in it.
Since NW took the engines away after the plane was delivered, there has not been much WMU could do with it. Getting rid of the aircraft will free up needed space for the aviation college and the airport itself. Removal will make way for BTL's new runway.
Na From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 11492 posts, RR: 9
Reply 15, posted (11 years 6 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 4653 times:
It would have been a wonder, if a college could pay the running costs for such a massive aircraft. Its only sad that with N608US the last of the beautiful ex-NWA 747-100s will be gone soon (I know there are 1 or 2 others around, but none that could be saved from scrap).
I would love it if one old ex-NWA 747 could be saved for a museum in the bowlingshoe livery.
Wmupilot From United States of America, joined Jan 2003, 1473 posts, RR: 11
Reply 18, posted (11 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 4305 times:
NW was looking for a tax write off when they where going to park the plane. The old Dean of the college (whom nobody really liked) fought tooth and nail to get that plane here. None of the students or staff really wanted the aircraft but we got it anyway. Part of the deal was that Northwest would leave 1 engine (for the maintenance students to tear apart and use), all the avionics in the cockpit, and seats from all 3 classes. Well in under a year NW decided they would go back on their promise and took all the engines (minus the cowlings) and all the avionics from the cockpit. Only 3 or so seats where left over. NW basically gutted the aircraft and all we where left with was a giant metal tube.
CcrlR From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 2314 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (11 years 5 months 4 weeks ago) and read 4155 times:
I always wondered what happened to those engines, someone told me that they were in one of the hangars. Well NW should give something better than that and with all the parts in it. Lewis University's 737-200 still has all the parts in it(except the galley stuff and the GTE phones), and it's very good to work on. Even the engines are on the aircraft. I love hearing that plane rev up each time. It was so loud, you can hear it when you're comming into the front gate. Pittful that NWA did this to them and the airplane.
Sad sad sad, tisk tisk tisk tisk tisk tisk tisk tisk.
"He was right, it is a screaming metal deathtrap!"-Cosmo (from the Fairly Oddparents)