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Any Airplane Graveyards In The Caribbean?  
User currently offlineJAM747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 550 posts, RR: 1
Posted (9 years 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 5110 times:

Just wondering if any large commercial aircrafts are scrapped in the Caribbean especially Jamaica. Many years ago when I was a kid I remember passing a large field with 1 or two large scrapped airliners. I think a A300 was scrapped at the airport in Kingston. Does any one know about this or any graveyards in the Caribbean or are able bodied aircrafts normally flown to very large fields like deserts in the U.S to be scrapped?

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User currently offlineA388 From Netherlands Antilles, joined May 2001, 9903 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (9 years 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 5057 times:

I've heard there an ex-BWIA Lockheed L1011-500 in Port of Spain (scrapped and partially stripped) but it was to go to the museum. Don't know that much more about this.

http://www.jetphotos.net/viewphoto.php?id=299728

http://www.jetphotos.net/viewphoto.php?id=299725

http://www.jetphotos.net/viewphoto.php?id=288927

I think Trintocan and BWIA772 (?) can fill you in on this one.

A388


User currently offlineA388 From Netherlands Antilles, joined May 2001, 9903 posts, RR: 15
Reply 2, posted (9 years 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 5043 times:

If I remember correctly the Dominican Republic (SDQ) also has a quite large aircraft graveyard. So does San Juan in Puerto Rico.

A388


User currently offlineFlydl2atl From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 119 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (9 years 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 5044 times:

Too much humidity in Jamaica...that's what makes the desert so good.

User currently offline797 From Venezuela, joined Aug 2005, 1896 posts, RR: 27
Reply 4, posted (9 years 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 5030 times:

Well...big airplanes, I don't know...

But I know that in CCS they have their own aircraft cementery... They keep there all the old AVENSA'S jets, and they're a lot.

Greetz



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User currently offlineUnited_Fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7507 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (9 years 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 5024 times:

SDQ has a bunch of old planes.


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User currently offlineLimaFoxTango From Antigua and Barbuda, joined Jun 2004, 792 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (9 years 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 5004 times:

I dont think there are any graveyards in the Caribbean. Of course there are one or two rusty piece of junk lying around some airports, but thats about it. The Caribbean would be a very bad place to "store" aircraft. It rains pretty often here and the salty air could rust planes very very quickly! Plus with hurricanes, "stored" planes wouldnt last very long in these here parts. By "stored" planes, I mean planes that could possibly fly again.


You are said to be a good pilot when your take-off's equal your landings.
User currently offlineA388 From Netherlands Antilles, joined May 2001, 9903 posts, RR: 15
Reply 7, posted (9 years 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 4921 times:

I completely agree with you LimaFoxTango but a graveyard, like the word says, a the final 'resting' place of an aircraft. Aircraft in these graveyards don't fly anymore. The ealier mentioned places SDQ and SJU are the only aircraft graveyards that I know of in the Caribbean. Where I live (CUR) we are also getting our own 'aircraft graveyard' with most of the bankrupt DCA aircraft (MD82, DC-9 and Dash 8) now stored at our airport. Whether these aircraft will find a new owner I'm not so sure. They are getting in pretty bad shape if you would ask me. The Caribbean, like you pointed out, isn't the best place to store aircraft. In that you are right.

A388  Smile


User currently offline777WT From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 877 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (9 years 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 4884 times:

Aruba does have a few planes scrapped there.

There is a DC-3 on display in front of the airport entry on the street.

Another DC-3 is on the airport in the back, there's a ex Aruba Air DC-9 in the back without engines, a private DC-9 (red and white, again without engines) and they all have been there for 5+ years.
Plus one Jetstar II I think which is mounted near the golf ball looking dome (windshear monitor?) and it has one flat tire.

Other than that, there are a few aircrafts sunken under water. The story of 2 of them is that they were caught with drugs in it, the planes were impounded and sunken.
There are 2 cessna's, one single and one twin.
Plus a 4 radial engine aircraft which the rudder was still moving by the water currents since it was put there, last seen was on 1997 when I went scuba diving there. Since the hurricane that came close to Aruba, that plane is prob washed away (from what I heard, plus SEA scuba ceased operations and they were the ones with the exclusive rights to that wreck)


User currently offlineMasseyBrown From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 5505 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (9 years 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 4854 times:

Last time I was in SJU (2004), there was an interesting collection of DC-3s and Convair 440 family aircraft parked. I don't think it was a graveyard in the sense of the Arizona and California facilities. The planes just looked like abandoned relics of a few failed airlines; whether they were all flyable or not, I don't know.


I love long German words like 'Freundschaftsbezeigungen'.
User currently offlineLuisde8cd From Pitcairn Islands, joined Aug 2004, 2574 posts, RR: 31
Reply 10, posted (9 years 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 4849 times:

Quoting 777WT (Reply 8):
a private DC-9 (red and white, again without engines)

That is a former Aserca Airlines DC9-15 (YV-703C). Aserca Airlines is from Venezuela.


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