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Pan Am Super Clippers B 317, B 377, B707 And B747  
User currently offline747400sp From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3301 posts, RR: 2
Posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3904 times:

I called these four planes, the the Pan Am Super clippers because they were the biggest land airliner of there time. They were ahead of there time, and in my opine they are classics.With the last of the super clippers the B747 slowly being retired, I wanted to hear some fund memory of a flight on one of these airliner.



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User currently offlineIFIXCF6 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 108 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 3826 times:

I cannot tell you how it was to fly the above named aircraft. But I will give you a story.

In 1988, I was hired by Pan Am as a "D" check sheetmetal/structures mechanic on 747's at JFK. The first 747 I worked on was N737PA. Structures was not for me, I quit, and moved to California. 5 years later, I got a temporary job disassembling aircraft, at Norten AFB. One of them was a Middle-Eastern 747. But she had a Pan Am log book folder. I peeled off the (literally) duct-taped Sel-Cal plate to discover...she was ex-N737PA. BTW she was "HK DG". Along with my pics of 737PA in Hangar 19, I have her Sel-Cal plate. I am glad that I have it.

Mike


User currently offlineDtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 3797 times:

they were the biggest land airliner

The 317 was the largest flying boat in the Pan Am Fleet.

It opened up the Atlantic, and was the first civil airliner to complete a round the world flight.


User currently offlineJetmek319 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 199 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 3715 times:

I don't mean to sound ignorant but...what is a B-317? Do you mean a B-314??


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User currently offlineOttoPylit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 3695 times:

IFIXCF6,

What is the Sel Cal plate? Is that the same thing as a planes data plate? I have come to find out those can be the kind of thing that may be nice to hold onto, especially when an aircraft dies. Out in the Evergreen Museum, they sell Spruce Goose data plate replicas that look very authentic and its one of my favorite collection pieces.


User currently offlineClipper002 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 679 posts, RR: 13
Reply 5, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 3655 times:

Otto,
SELCAL is a chime that goes off when someone is trying to contact you on VHF. Each a/c has its' own set of SELCAL letters. If I had an a/c out over the Atlantic and wanted to talk to him, all I'd have to do is activate his SELCAL and then wait for him to answer.

Ed



Ed
User currently offlineClipper002 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 679 posts, RR: 13
Reply 6, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 3650 times:

Jetmek319,
It was the B-314. They were kept at a hangar on Manhasset Bay on Long Island's north shore. The old rails that were used to bring them out of the water are still there today, although the buildings are long gone.

Ed



Ed
User currently offlineIFIXCF6 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 108 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 3506 times:

OttoPylit,

SelCal is Selective Calling. Only if your selcal box is programmed for the code (i.e. "HK DG") will your chimes sound. It allows a company to speak to an individual aircraft.

Mike


User currently offlineACAfan From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 710 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 3492 times:

I don't mean to sound ignorant but...what is a B-317? Do you mean a B-314??

No. It's the B-317. But it hasn't been built yet.

You see, Airbus will in the future shrink the A-318 further into the 90-seat A-317, with an extended range that can operate transatlantically. F9 is the launch customer and it intends to use the A-317 to fly to europe from DEN.

Before the A-317 is built, however, Boeing will buy out Airbus. Boeing doesnt really want the A-317 but builds it anyway as the B-317. F9 is the only major customer because Boeing has no marketing skills even though it turns out to be a fantastic aircraft.

Boeing will be unable to maintain the B-317 line due to lack of orders. B-317 dies a quiet death after NW decides not to buy it as a replacement for the DC-9

[Edited 2005-02-16 04:09:08]


Freddie Laker ... May be at peace with his maker ... But he is a persona non grata ... with IATA
User currently offline747400sp From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3301 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 3423 times:

I meant B 307 stratoliner which is a land plane.

User currently offlineJetmek319 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 199 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 3414 times:

ACAfan--Ahhhhh...I see now!


747400sp---I think that both the B314 and the B307 were just about the sexiest planes around! Real clean lines that projected an image of power! Smile/happy/getting dizzy



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