Falstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6209 posts, RR: 30 Posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 6562 times:
I was wondering if there are any airliners related to historic events still flying? Not included would be all the DC-3s still flying that were around for WWII. For example UPS's 727 N936UP (when it was flown by World Airways) was the last plane out of DaNang in 1975, when the ARVN pulled out. I know TWA's N64339 flew for that airline for a long time after it was hijacked by terrorists for 17 days in 1985. Another would be what ever happened to NW's N467US, which was the "D.B. Cooper" plane?
Threepoint From Canada, joined Oct 2005, 2205 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 6502 times:
I suppose some notorious airliners, at least to those who are enthusiasts, would include the Gimli Glider, an AC 762 (C-GAUN?) that ran out of fuel due to volume conversion errors (metric v Imperial units) in 1988. It made a successful forced approach and is still in service.
As is the Air Transat A330 that also ran out of fuel (crossfeed mismanagement after a ruptured fuel line) over the Atlantic and glided to the Azores (what is it with the Canadians and fuel management?)
Is the NW DC-10 that blew a cargo door over Windsor, Ont. still flying? It was foreshadowing to the horrific Turkish crash in Paris.
What about the UA 747 that lost a chunk of fuselage over the Pacific that resulted in a row of passengers getting a dramatic and unexpected view of the ocean for a few minutes. I suspect the latter two aircraft may have been retired by now.
Other events could include the largest passenger load in history (1991's Operation Solomon with 1088 Ethiopian passengers on an El Al 747). No idea if that plane still flies.
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