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M404 Fans: What Happened To The Doobieliner?  
User currently offlineJetjack74 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 7407 posts, RR: 50
Posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 5324 times:
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What happened to N467M. Last I heard it was a restuarant in CA somewhere. Is it?


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User currently offlineIsitsafenow From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4984 posts, RR: 23
Reply 1, posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 5294 times:

According to the piston airliner production book, the restaurant using the fuselage is in San Francisco someplace.
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User currently offlineJayDavis From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 2000 posts, RR: 16
Reply 2, posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 5274 times:

I know most of the bands now charter jets, but wouldn't it be nice to see some of the interiors of these jets. I have a Genesis DVD of their concert at Wembley Stadium and they show them aboard a Viscount (I believe) and I'd just love to get a inside look at some of these planes.

Years ago, (1979) when I worked as a ticket agent for Air Midwest in LBB, Ray Charles came to town and he had his own Viscount. We got to look on board and it sure was nice.


User currently offlineM404 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 2225 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 5246 times:
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Here is another Martin "band bird"


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Friends where I work now in MEM have lots of memories if these.


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And sorry for the plug but I think this beauty is still flying as I got an invite just last year from the pilot for a tour. It's at Camirillo California airport near Oxnard. It a memory of my own time and my namesake


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User currently offlineJetjack74 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 7407 posts, RR: 50
Reply 4, posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 5196 times:
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Here's what it looks like now. This is 4 months ago. She looks in somewhat sad shape. She isn't airworthy at the moment. Her engines are heavily corroded form salt exposure, she a cracked left-main strut also.


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User currently offlineM404 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 2225 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 5143 times:
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Oh man, that's sad to hear. I can only imagine how hard it is to raise funds for her especially since it's not one of the more "glamorous" propliners. I sure loved those big ole seats. Still nothing as comfortable today in coach. I broke my leg falling out of those rear stairs in my first week of employment.

I see we both are with NW. Will retire to your area in 2 years then maybe I can get down to Cal and visit N636X.



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User currently offlineMEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4313 posts, RR: 36
Reply 6, posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 5107 times:

I really hope they can refurbish the Camarillo machine. Unfortunately there are no other Martin 404s flying lately.

I fugured out the status of the potentially airworthy Martin 404s, please add or correct anything.

Abovementioned N636X (14135) of Airliners of America
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the caption is promising, hope they'll get it airworthy again, would probably be the only opportunity to get a pleasure flight on it.

N450A (14141) of the Mid Atlantic Air Museum
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did presentations and enthousiast flights in the early 1990s, should be airworthy but doesn't seem to fly much since the late 1990s.

N145S (14142) of Airline History Museum (Save-a-Connie)
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potentially airworthy but didn't fly for years.

N259S (14233)
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last flight in 2000 to Middle River, Maryland Museum for display

N404CG (14235) in USCG colors, was sold on E-Bay and ferried from Chino to Houston by 2004 for display in Eastern colours. Due to corrosion unlikely to fly again.
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Rent-Avion in Venezuela was the last normal airline with Martin-404s but they ceased operations by 2000 as well.



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