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What Is The Current State Of N747PA?  
User currently offlineDuke From Canada, joined Sep 1999, 1155 posts, RR: 2
Posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 10679 times:

The second Boeing 747 built, N747PA, went to Pan American. It was dismantled in one way or another from what I read in 2000. However, I also read records stating that it became a restaurant. Is this true, and if so, in what state is it - a complete aircraft or just the fuselage? Clean or dirty etc?

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User currently offlineEmbraer145 From Netherlands, joined Feb 2001, 311 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 10621 times:

The aircraft is in use as a restaurant in Seoul South Korea. I have noted it first as restaurant in September 2003. There were pictures on an internetsite, but I can't remember the webadress,

Regards
Aart



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User currently offlineN707PA From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 279 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 10519 times:

http://www.nhirai.com/airrest.htm

User currently offlineLearjet23 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 10479 times:

TACKY!! What a pity to end up like this! Looks like a kiddyland toy now! I used to fly this as PA-#001 RTW on the LAX-NRT-HKG leg in the 1980-81 years. Perhaps one can only hope in the end it will be melted down and end up as shiny new handles on some of that famous fake Korean designer luggage, and get to fly again! yeah baby!

User currently offlineLearjet23 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 10342 times:

Can you dig this? The FAA reg unfo page still carries this old shell as a CURRENT CERTIFICATE HOLDER! HOLY JESUS!

User currently offlineFriendlySkies From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 4120 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 10292 times:

Does anyone else find it disturbing that some of the greatest airliners ever built now serve as eateries? And every pic on that site looks horrible. The inside looks great, but they don't take care of the outside....and I don't like that A300 shell that has a striking resemblance to UA's battleship grey.

User currently offlineTrolley Dolley From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 10280 times:

Argh! I've just seen the photos of the restaurant planes!!! My eyes are burning!!!!

User currently offlineSpacecadet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3651 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 10246 times:

TACKY!! What a pity to end up like this! Looks like a kiddyland toy now!

Well, I don't think it would to a Korean or Japanese (this site is Japanese; I wonder what the text says). Different cultures are different; all the signs and whatnot outside are just par for the course in most Asian countries, and the inside looks pretty nice if you ask me.

They do need to wash it, though. It's REALLY dirty, to the point where I'd think they'd have trouble attracting customers. That's the only problem I have with it.

I think it's better for somebody to get some use out of this aircraft than for it to get chopped up out in the desert.



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User currently offlineStirling From Italy, joined Jun 2004, 3943 posts, RR: 21
Reply 8, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 10225 times:

Speaking of airplanes turned into restaurants......

Anyone remember that joint in San Francisco, that had a CV340/440 or Martin202/404 on the inside?
The theme centered on this aircraft crashing on a tropical deserterd island. Heard the place closed.....and no one seems to know nuthin'! Heard a rumor it went across the bay to Oakland.
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I don't think it's a cultural thing as to why my eyes burn after seeing those aircraft in Asia converted into eateries.....
The interiors looked nice enough, the exteriors leave a lot to be desired.




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User currently offlineDuke From Canada, joined Sep 1999, 1155 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 10164 times:

Think they're tacky, eh? Well, the Japanese clients are probably cooing over how kawai they are!  Big grin Big grin  Wow!  Love

Seriously, some of those planes look a bit daft, but I'm glad it's there and serving as a restaurant rather than being chopped up. N747PA is an historic bird and there is not much by way of Pan Am planes being preserved anyway. Okay, it would be nicer to put it in proper livery and to preserve it at an airport or museum, but this seems about second best.

I'm also glad it's basically in one piece: yesterday I did a search and I think maybe on www.jetphotos.net or some such site, I found a picture of the scrapped hull - or rather of just the center section! It seems that it was cut up, then shipped to Asia in pieces (I am guessing that's what they did, I don't know), then reassembled.


User currently offlineBENNETT123 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 7756 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 10027 times:

I recognised N747PA and B2613, but could not see the reg of the DC10 or L1011.

Any ideas.

Not being able to read Japanese does not help.


User currently offlineSpacecadet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3651 posts, RR: 12
Reply 11, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 9989 times:

I recognised N747PA and B2613, but could not see the reg of the DC10 or L1011.

Any ideas.

Not being able to read Japanese does not help.


The Babelfish translation is surprisingly readable...

No mention of reg #'s (you'd see them in Roman lettering if he'd posted them anyway); he mainly just talks about the various features of the restaurants, describing the pictures he's showing, basically. Talks about stuff like the cockpits, nosegear, dummy engines, etc. And he says these are both in Korea. Nothing really more than that, though; he probably doesn't know what planes these were either.

btw, anyone else notice how much that 737 interior looks like a train dining car??



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User currently offlineBENNETT123 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 7756 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 9981 times:

I agree with Learjet 23 and others that they look tacky, but at least they are complete.

It would be great to see N747PA and the others in museums at some point.


User currently offlineNa From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10807 posts, RR: 9
Reply 13, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 9955 times:

The only good thing is its in one piece, the tail seems to be shortened though. But its a very bad sign for a restaurant if you don´t clean it. Its so unbelievably dirty.

User currently offlineMxCtrlr From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 2485 posts, RR: 35
Reply 14, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 9934 times:

Having worked on this proud lady when she was still in revenue passenger service, it is a travesty to see her in her present condition! It would be better, IMHO, to see her cut up and turned into beer cans than see her suffer this indignity.  Crying

MxCtrlr  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
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User currently offlineLifelinerOne From Netherlands, joined Nov 2003, 1931 posts, RR: 8
Reply 15, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 9907 times:

Looks like they are great fans of airplane restaurants in Asia!! In Holland we once had an DC-8 in Purmerend. Don't know which one that was. I only know the thing burned down a couple of years ago.

I do find it disturbing that N747PA is in the Air Force-colors!!

Cheers!



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User currently offlineBENNETT123 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 7756 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 9876 times:


LifelinerOne

The DC8-53 was TU-TCB 45671.

The fuselage still existed in May 1999 (European Wrecks and Relics 3rd Edition ISBN 0 907 178 92 8.

The current edition of Jet Airliner Production List states that it has been scrapped. ISDN not known.


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