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The Life Of A WN 737  
User currently offline2H4 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 8955 posts, RR: 60
Posted (8 years 12 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 8680 times:
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N64SW.....manufacturered March, 1980...




In service with WN from 1980 - 2002:


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Stored in Kingman, AZ 2002-2003:


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Photo © Simon Willson
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...Now offered for sale at Globalair:



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Photo © Freight-Dawg - Airside Photography










I wonder who the next owner will be...




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User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26487 posts, RR: 75
Reply 1, posted (8 years 12 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 8658 times:

Yikes. That 732 definately had a nice makeover. And the coolest thing about it is that you can still fly backwards, just like when she was at WN  thumbsup 


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User currently offlineAirbuff From Canada, joined Aug 2005, 140 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 12 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 8593 times:

Wow...now that is nice!!


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User currently offlineAirNaskar380 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 27 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 12 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 8497 times:

talk about an extreme makeover heh

User currently offlineSpacepope From Vatican City, joined Dec 1999, 2930 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (8 years 12 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 8390 times:

Anyone have the hours/cycles count after 22 years at WN?


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User currently offline2H4 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 8955 posts, RR: 60
Reply 5, posted (8 years 12 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 8366 times:
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Quoting Spacepope (Reply 4):
Anyone have the hours/cycles count after 22 years at WN?



Globalair lists the current hours/cycles as follows:


Airframe Hours: 69,798
Flight Cycles: 77,766


Not sure how many of those have been accrued after life at WN.




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User currently offlineHAJFlyer From Switzerland, joined exactly 9 years ago today! , 1473 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (8 years 12 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 8343 times:

Wow, I have got to have this one. I think I will have to ask my boss for a raise  Wink

User currently offlineExPratt From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 311 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 12 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 8270 times:

Interesting that it hasn't been hushkitted.

User currently offlineHBIHLtoEZE From Switzerland, joined Aug 2004, 281 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (8 years 12 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 8083 times:

...impressive that is: WN's new interior  eyepopping  and  praise 


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User currently offlineByrdluvs747 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 2360 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (8 years 12 months 4 days ago) and read 8010 times:

I have to ask who would buy such a fuel-inefficient plane.

If planes could talk, I bet it's relieved to be out of that horrible WN skin. After 22 years of hauling snotty-nosed kids and other unmentionables, I'd be glad to get outfitted with style.



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User currently offlineSpinkid From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1113 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (8 years 12 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 7908 times:

Quoting Byrdluvs747 (Reply 9):
I have to ask who would buy such a fuel-inefficient plane.

Well, if you wanna own your own 737 you probably can afford the fuel and it's cheaper than buying it brand new.


User currently offlineLightsaber From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 13113 posts, RR: 100
Reply 11, posted (8 years 12 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 7899 times:
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Quoting N1120A (Reply 1):
Yikes. That 732 definately had a nice makeover.

Ohhhh, I need. Wow!

Quoting 2H4 (Reply 5):
Airframe Hours: 69,798
Flight Cycles: 77,766

Gulp. Yet I see that a 737 is allowed 130,000 cycles! This airframe has life left on it!
http://www.b737.org.uk/accident_reports.htm (search for cycles)

Quoting Byrdluvs747 (Reply 9):
I have to ask who would buy such a fuel-inefficient plane.

Anyone who is flying it < 2 hours/day would do well. However, what's the point with the short range of a 732? That interior cries to go over the Atlantic!

Lightsaber



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User currently offlineFlyinround731 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 241 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (8 years 12 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 7690 times:

Quoting Byrdluvs747 (Reply 9):
I have to ask who would buy such a fuel-inefficient plane.

I don't know, let's ask Willie Gary.  Smile


User currently offline727EMflyer From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 547 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (8 years 12 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 7199 times:

Surely this baby will sell for a lot less that a brand new bbj, and I imagine there are significant weight savings since they're not hauling all those pax and their baggage.... Fuel and range just might get a boost! Is there a STC around that would allow the permanent installation of aux fuel tanks to get her across the pond? Its good to see these birds can live on. Damn they're loud but they have so much more character than anything new.

User currently offlineCaptOveur From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (8 years 12 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 7121 times:

Quoting Byrdluvs747 (Reply 9):
I have to ask who would buy such a fuel-inefficient plane.

They aren't flying it to 15 cities a day every day. Judging by the interior they can probably afford slightly higher fuel consumption than a 737-700. Especially when you consider the savings they got on buying the thing used.


User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (8 years 12 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 7029 times:

I wonder if the SWA employees could all chip in and re-purchase it as a bizjet for Herb...  Wink

Hell, I'd dispatch it for free...  Wink


User currently offlineCanadianNorth From Canada, joined Aug 2002, 3390 posts, RR: 9
Reply 16, posted (8 years 12 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 7013 times:

well if you only put say 10 or 15 people in the thing then put some tanks in the cargo bins till yer up around max takeoff weight then you might get across the atlantic no?


CanadianNorth



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User currently offlineAndrewUber From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2528 posts, RR: 40
Reply 17, posted (8 years 12 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 6273 times:

I'm Freight-Dawg, I took that photo of the aircraft after conversion. Let me tell you - it was SPOTLESS when I saw it in Austin!

I was told that the family who owns the Sonic Hamburger chain was the new owner, and that they had 2 or 3 more just like it.

Drew



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User currently offlineBarney Captain From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 965 posts, RR: 13
Reply 18, posted (8 years 12 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 5845 times:

I've spent a lot of time in 64SW, and when I saw her new state, I have to admit, it warmed my soul. As the pic's were loading, I was afraid I was going to see the remains of her in pieces. Then I saw the last pic; I couldn't believe my eyes. She looks absolutely beautiful, and as a cherry on the cake, they kept her original N number. Thank you for posting those pic's and bringing back many fond memories of my time in 64SW.


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User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26487 posts, RR: 75
Reply 19, posted (8 years 12 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 5773 times:

Quoting Lightsaber (Reply 11):
However, what's the point with the short range of a 732? That interior cries to go over the Atlantic!

Remember, the 732's range was really not all that bad. It could go most of the way across the country, just not its design mission. With tanks and the light loads she is carrying, this is a non-stop or 1-stop over the Oggin



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User currently offlineAndrewUber From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2528 posts, RR: 40
Reply 20, posted (8 years 12 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 5140 times:

Barney -

If you'd like a high-res version of that shot, let me know! I'd be glad to send it to you!  bigthumbsup 

Drew (Freight-Dawg)



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User currently offlineDl_mech From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 1951 posts, RR: 9
Reply 21, posted (8 years 12 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 4684 times:

Quoting ExPratt (Reply 7):
Interesting that it hasn't been hushkitted.

Some JT8 hushkits aren't visable unless you look up the tailpipe for a mixer. The engine nosecowl is moved forward 5 inches as well (If you look closely, you can see a 5 inch white painted area forward of the strut fairing).

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This plane is built to withstand anything... except a bad pilot.
User currently offlineC680 From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 588 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (8 years 12 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 4406 times:

Quoting CanadianNorth (Reply 16):
well if you only put say 10 or 15 people in the thing then put some tanks in the cargo bins till yer up around max takeoff weight then you might get across the atlantic no?

Sure! Gander to Shannon, no problem!  Big grin



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