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Can You Buy A Scrapped Plane?  
User currently offlineBoeingPride800 From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 430 posts, RR: 2
Posted (8 years 12 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 7233 times:

I've seen television shows like, Myth Buster (Discovery), and that show about MotoArt (Discovery) use parts or sections of old scrapped airliners from the desert. I was wondering if anybody could just take or buy a scrapped airliner and stick it in their backyard. And would you be able to find one with seats still in it?

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User currently offlineLitz From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1764 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 years 12 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 7214 times:
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Quoting BoeingPride800 (Thread starter):
I've seen television shows like, Myth Buster (Discovery), and that show about MotoArt (Discovery) use parts or sections of old scrapped airliners from the desert. I was wondering if anybody could just take or buy a scrapped airliner and stick it in their backyard. And would you be able to find one with seats still in it?

It's scrap. If you've got the cash, you're more than welcome to carry.

Bear in mind, you have to remove the carcass, you have to MOVE the carcass, and you have to deal with any and all problems during shipping, and delivery; including local authorities, neigbors, etc.

Did you see the latest Monster House episode? It was an airplane house.

They cut the front 35 feet of a due-to-be-scrapped DL 727 at floor level, and mounted it in the backyard.

The father and his two preteen sons thought it was cool as hell. The wife ... well, let's just say I've never -- ever -- seen someone that poleaxed on TV.

The neigbors apparently were more than a bit PO'd over the whole process, especially when the crane to lift the 10,000 lb piece of fuselage blocked the street for 6+ hours.

- litz


User currently offlineBHMBAGLOCK From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 2698 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (8 years 12 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 7134 times:

Best salvage I've ever seeen is an old C-182 that used to be based at Warm Springs, GA. The owner called it "Patches" because it was built from pieces of 4 different crashed 182s of various colors and then not repainted. Technically it was parts from three to fix the one with the dataplate but you get the idea. Ugly as hell but a great plane.

I have a friend who's an Airbus captatin for Fedex who wants to turn a 747 fuselage into a house but I'm not sure if he's serious. It's certainly enough room.



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User currently offlineLitz From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1764 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 12 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 7009 times:
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Quoting BHMBAGLOCK (Reply 2):
I have a friend who's an Airbus captatin for Fedex who wants to turn a 747 fuselage into a house but I'm not sure if he's serious. It's certainly enough room.

Not so far-fetched ....

http://www.airplanehome.com/

and

http://www.airplanehomes.com/ (warning - has popup ads)

- litz


User currently offlineJHSfan From Denmark, joined Apr 2004, 469 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (8 years 12 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 6937 times:

Quoting BoeingPride800 (Thread starter):
was wondering if anybody could just take or buy a scrapped airliner and stick it in their backyard.

Most likely not TAKE unless you want to be a thief. Buy: Yes, because planes are owned by somebody.
When it comes to putting it in your backyard, check the local authorities before you spend a single $ on plane. If you get a NO, you might have lost the money.
When it comes to blocking the local roads, please pay attention to the neighbor's by informing them before the plane arrives. Try to make it into something positive. Invite them to see the plane. That will make more people friendly to your idea.

Quoting BoeingPride800 (Thread starter):
And would you be able to find one with seats still in it?

Yes.

Yours in realtime
JHSfan



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User currently offlineTod From Denmark, joined Aug 2004, 1725 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (8 years 12 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 6769 times:

Easier said than done.

I've been looking for a 767 (preferably -300) that is near death for about a month now with very little success.

Tod


User currently offlineTrevD From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 327 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (8 years 12 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 6704 times:

Quoting Tod (Reply 5):
Easier said than done.

I've been looking for a 767 (preferably -300) that is near death for about a month now with very little success.

Tod

Very unlikely you'll find one either... The 767 is still highly sought after in the market. Especially the -300. It will soon be even more so as Boeing will likely soon announce a convesion program for the 767-300SF (special freighter).

As an alternative, think about a Airbus A310-300. Almost the same size but many are already being scrapped. Once all the high value components are taken out you should be able to buy the airframe cheaply.


User currently offlineJHSfan From Denmark, joined Apr 2004, 469 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (8 years 12 months 4 days ago) and read 6636 times:

Quoting Tod (Reply 5):
Easier said than done.

I've been looking for a 767 (preferably -300) that is near death for about a month now with very little success

I do not have the magic words for solving the situation, Tod. Many things can go wrong. Hope you will get a 767 soon. Which company have you contacted?

Max Power Aerospace (http://maxpoweraero.com/) does consulting and also sells airplane homes. Maybe they can help you getting the 767.

- JHSfan



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User currently offlineAa777flyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 12 months 4 days ago) and read 6613 times:

Quoting Tod (Reply 5):
I've been looking for a 767 (preferably -300) that is near death for about a month now with very little success.

Tod

AA has just sold their original eight 767-223 (non er) N301-N308 for scrap. They are currently in ROW. Comming to a beer aisle near you soon!


User currently offlineAirRyan From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 2532 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (8 years 12 months 4 days ago) and read 6571 times:

You will usually find that for the right price you can buy almost anything, from a political office to a small island.

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