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The Tragic Rise And Fall Of N747PA  
User currently offlineVirginA340 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 15 posts, RR: 0
Posted (13 years 6 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 726 times:

This is about a once famous plane that flew with the best only to suffer toward the end. I've just heard rumors that the plane was scrapped. I hope that the rumor are false and that a group of ex and current PA employees can give funding to restore the aircraft so that it can be displayed in an aviation museum


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N747PA in her prime.

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saying good by to an old friend  

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an end of a glorious era 

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a sad day in aviation  


"FUIMUS"
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User currently offlineVirginA340 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 15 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (13 years 6 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 607 times:

This is just a pictorial story about an aircraft that flew around the world only to be left behind and forgoteen. We'll this aviation fan will never forget the many times I've flown on PA's flagship plane. God bless and I hope the rumors are false and that some group with money can step up to the platre and save a major piece of PA history before it's gone forever. Most of the original fleet are now scrapped or flying with Tower in the worst shape from being dirty inside out to having faded interiors. This could be the only one left. It was PA that launched the 1st 747 into revenue service and had a major role in developement; but yet no one is going to have a 747-100 restored in her original PA colors. Sad


"FUIMUS"
User currently offlineAa737 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 849 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (13 years 6 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 602 times:

I might sound like an idiot for asking this, but was N747PA PanAm's first 747?

User currently offlineN202PA From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1551 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (13 years 6 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 577 times:

Nope, nothing idiotic about that question. A very legitimate one, at that.

No, Clipper Juan T. Trippe (N747PA) was not the first PA 747. That honor went to N733PA, Clipper Young America, which flew the inaugural 747 service in 1970 for Pan Am.


User currently offlineLatinplane From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 2693 posts, RR: 14
Reply 4, posted (13 years 6 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 575 times:


Hello,

As a very loyal Pan Am fan, I am very saddened to to tell you that N747PA has now been scrapped. It's last days were spent near Los Angeles at San Bernardino Airport. I like you would have thought that some organization could have at least tried to rescue her and put her in a museum with the original Pan Am colors. But this is America and unlike the europeans there is no room for feelings when it comes to business. Look at how many aircraft many of their national airlines have preserved in their aviation museums. The smithsonian could have cared less!

With the resent news about the demolishment of Pan Am's World Port, I'm just devastated! But the worst came a long time ago in 1991 when I came home from Junior high to turn on the news that Pan Am had shut down...

Can you belive that the first DC-8 is sitting in the dessert waiting the same faith. Where the hell is the smithsonian?



Here are some pictures of the then brand new 747's.


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Pan Am, World's Most Experienced Airline


User currently offlineZartan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (13 years 6 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 552 times:

what's up with the hole busted in the front right fuselage in the picture above???