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Who Is Still Flying The B747-SP  
User currently offlineTheBaron From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 4 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 4 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 5164 times:

The Boeing 747SP.... one of my favourites!

I just got to wondering which airlines are still using these beautiful old birds? I know Iran Air, Syrian Air and Saudi Arabian Airways still have some in the air..... where are the rest that remain?  Smile

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User currently offlineMauriceB From Netherlands, joined Aug 2004, 2490 posts, RR: 25
Reply 1, posted (9 years 4 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 5150 times:

where are the rest that remain?

some are used for private and some are reserved, but most of them are beer cans now...


User currently onlineTUGMASTER From Northern Mariana Islands, joined Jul 2004, 700 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (9 years 4 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 5114 times:

Try this site for all the info you need on the SP

www.747sp.com

great site

rgds

TUGMASTER


User currently offlineTIMC From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 133 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (9 years 4 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 5082 times:

The Syrian Air 747SP is a frequent visitor at MAN.

User currently onlineTUGMASTER From Northern Mariana Islands, joined Jul 2004, 700 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (9 years 4 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 5035 times:

Quoting TIMC (Reply 3):

Is this still the case...??

As for pax flights,I think the only ones are

YK-AHA
YK-AHB
EP-IAD

Thats about all i think, the SV 747SP's as far as i know are just used for VIP flights...

rgds

TUGMASTER


User currently offlineAirbazar From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 8410 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (9 years 4 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 5000 times:

JFK in the 80's must have been quite a site for 747SP's: TWA, AA, United, PanAm, Korean, Saudi Arabian, SAA, and at one point even Iran Air. I'm not sure about Braniff. LHR must have been good too with just as many if not more carriers operating the SP there.

User currently offlineOrion737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (9 years 4 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 4987 times:

Air Mauritus 747sp were regular visitors to LHR for many years too.

User currently offlineTIMC From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 133 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (9 years 4 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 4978 times:

It was in at MAN the other day, apparently. There is also a photo in the database of it on 29th March.


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User currently offlineColumba From Germany, joined Dec 2004, 7073 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (9 years 4 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 4977 times:

Look here : A thread about the SP in use with NASA and DLR (German Air and Space Institute) :

747SP Flying Telescope For Nasa And German DLR (by Columba May 30 2005 in Military Aviation & Space Flight)



It will forever be a McDonnell Douglas MD 80 , Boeing MD 80 sounds so wrong
User currently offlineTheBaron From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 4 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (9 years 4 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 4928 times:

Quoting Tugmaster:
Try this site for all the info you need on the SP

www.747sp.com

Thanks for that. I've just had a look, it is an excellent site  bigthumbsup 


User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31684 posts, RR: 56
Reply 10, posted (9 years 4 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 4818 times:

Quoting TIMC (Reply 3):
The Syrian Air 747SP is a frequent visitor at MAN.

At Mumbai too.Along with Iran Air & SAA.
regds
MEL



Think of the brighter side!
User currently offlineColumba From Germany, joined Dec 2004, 7073 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (9 years 4 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 4790 times:

Does the 747SP has the same type rating like the other "classics". I mean since it is so short it must fly completely different !!!


It will forever be a McDonnell Douglas MD 80 , Boeing MD 80 sounds so wrong
User currently offlineMissedApproach From Canada, joined Oct 2004, 713 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (9 years 4 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 4669 times:

Quoting MauriceB (Reply 1):
most of them are beer cans now...

Oh good, another reason to like beer!  drunk 



Can you hear me now?
User currently offlineEuropean From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (9 years 4 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 4630 times:

Hello,

Saw a Boeing 747sp take off from Bournemouth May 31st.



My pic 

Though not an airline

VP-BAT - Though apperently owners just died and now looking for new owner.

Jimmi

[Edited 2005-06-02 20:46:36]

[Edited 2005-06-02 20:47:01]

[Edited 2005-06-02 20:51:24]

User currently offlineTokyoNarita From Palau, joined Aug 2003, 570 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (9 years 4 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 4559 times:

Does anybody know if Iran Air still operate B747SP to NRT? I know they often swap B747 combi to the flight. Iran Air's website didn't work properly to check it out.

User currently offlineIkramerica From United States of America, joined May 2005, 21534 posts, RR: 59
Reply 15, posted (9 years 4 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 4544 times:

In 1984 I flew 747SP on PanAm JFK-SFO-HKG-SIN and return right after the Olympics. You get real sick of the fishtailing in turbulence after a while, though.

Of course flying their helicopter connection service from EWR-JFK via the financial center in Manhattan was fun for a kid of 11!



Of all the things to worry about... the Wookie has no pants.
User currently offlineWhiteHatter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (9 years 4 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 4527 times:

There are also those aircraft parked in Tunisia which are still registered as being owned by Iraqi Airways.

No idea whether they are currently flyable but they did get regular maintenance of some sort. Anyone know any more about them and their condition?


User currently offlineTommy Mogren From Sweden, joined Dec 2000, 912 posts, RR: 21
Reply 17, posted (9 years 4 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 4370 times:

Quoting TokyoNarita (Reply 14):
Does anybody know if Iran Air still operate B747SP to NRT?

Yes, Iran Air still operate THR-PEK-NRT with the 747SP.
It's also used on the Seoul route on the way back to THR.
These days it's EP-IAD, as the others are not in service at the moment.

I suggest a look at our Productionlist for the current status of all 747SP's.
http://www.747sp.com/Prodlist.asp

Quoting WhiteHatter (Reply 16):
those aircraft parked in Tunisia

They're not being fully maintained and if they ever would be considered back for operations again they would require heavy maintenance work.
Not sure it would be worth it to be honest.

Quoting Columba (Reply 11):
Does the 747SP has the same type rating like the other "classics".

The transition to 747SP from -100 series is easy. It only requires a flight in the simulator and some theory. More than 90% commonality.

Quoting European (Reply 13):
VP-BAT - Though apperently owners just died and now looking for new owner.

Interesting. Where did you find out about this ?


There are currently 15 747SP's in active service.
Most of them in VIP outfitting, and if you want to get a ride in one....
These are your options:
Syrian 747SP YK-AHA c/n: 21174
Syrian 747SP YK-AHB c/n: 21175
Iran Air 747SP EP-IAD c/n: 21758

Just like Tugmaster says. And I'm not sure how the Saudi 747SP's are used. For commercial flights or only VIP's...

Anyone with info on Saudia's 747SP operations ? I would love to hear.


Tommy Mogren
Boeing 747SP Website



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