Lredlefsen From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 151 posts, RR: 0 Posted (9 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2415 times:
OK, this might be a stupid question, but "what's a scrapped airliner worth?"
As I understand it, retired planes are stripped of all their valuable components (engines, avionics, etc.), and whatever is left is scrapped by chopping it to pieces, and selling the aluminium by the pound (or whatever) -- right?
It looks like aluminium trades at about US$1/pound. Doing some rough checking, I saw that a Boeing 737-300 has a "typical operating empty weight" of 72,000 lbs. If half of that weight is the stripped, empty carcass, does that imply that it would be sold at scrap for about $36,000 these days?
It'd be kind of cool to get one, and at that cost, it seems like it's not all that bad -- transporting the thing might be the bigger expense!
Falstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6398 posts, RR: 29
Reply 3, posted (9 years 5 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 2111 times:
The price would vary depending on the prices of scrap metal at any given time. I scrap cars all the time and sometimes I get $50 and sometimes I get $250 for similar vehicles depending on the price. When you break up a plane you would break it it down into "different piles" of materials to get your maximum value out of it. There are thousands of aluminum alloys and some are more valuable than others. Even different types of steel can vary in price. Some automobiles have a large variety of materials in them. When you break them up into subgroups of materials and scrap those parts separately you can get more money. If I do that I can get up to $500 for a car, instead of $100 or so for the whole thing.
A friend of my dad bought a F-86 ten years ago. It was in a trailer park that was being redeveloped. He went and ask the contractor what they were doing with it. He said he could have it at scrap price. He bought the plane for $1800 or something like that. It cost that much to move. It was complete except the engines. It still looked cool. He cleaned it up and donated it to a museum. I would have put it in my yard and sat in it and drank beer. How cool would that be.
Aviateur From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 1367 posts, RR: 11
Reply 6, posted (9 years 5 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 2040 times:
There are two KLM 747s there. They're converted 200/300 models. I was there for a documentary shoot for Discovery Channel, and we had access to a CO 747. Mojave is quite a surreal place. My favorite sight is the old chunk of an Eastern DC-8. Just a fuselage plug, really, but with seats and bins are still neatly installed.