KC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12288 posts, RR: 51
Reply 5, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 5422 times:
Quoting YAK42 (Reply 5): Most of the 747 fleet has however already been grounded because they are just too high time.
No, they have been grounded because of no parts avaliable. Their parts have been used to keep the remaining IranAir B-747-100/-200s, and one B-747SP flying. I also believe the IIAF only has one KC-747-100 still flying. The IIAF bought 12 KC-747s, one crashed in a T-Storm, that left 11 airframes.
Chazzerguy From United States of America, joined Jun 2002, 277 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (9 years 2 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 5139 times:
For what it's worth...
I understand their one remaining SP still has quite a few hours before it will be due for a D-check... Should be on the order of a couple or three years yet at its current rate of utilization... Then, once it's due for the D, it will likely be WFU. I suppose it's possible it will be withdrawn before that if they get a suitable aircraft to replace it... EP-IAD first flew in 1979.
Interesting aside... Boeing managed to get that plane delivered despite rapidly deteriorating relations with Iran... They delivered it in July of 1979, after the Shah had been overthrown in January of that year. The plane was ferried from Everett in bare metal, and I think went to FRA. It was then delivered to a third party, who in turn delivered it to Iran Air. Boeing was very anxious the sale would get shot down and they would get caught holding the bag, so the delivery was somewhat cloak and dagger. The plane flew for several months without any Iran Air logos on it... Just all white. The embassy was overrun in November, and that was that.