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Airliners Related To Historic Events,still Flying?  
User currently offlineFalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6075 posts, RR: 29
Posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 6177 times:
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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?


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User currently offlineThreepoint From Canada, joined Oct 2005, 2129 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 6117 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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User currently offlineAeroWeanie From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 1607 posts, RR: 52
Reply 2, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 6036 times:
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N936UP is still in use, though it is now a 727-108C(QF):

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N64339 was scrapped in May 2002;.

N467US, as N29KA was scrapped in 1996.

C-GAUN was the Gimli Glider and is still in use:

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The Air Transat A330 was C-GITS and it is still in use:

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The DC-10 that blew the cargo door over Windsor Ontario was operated by American Airlines and was N103AA. It almost became an MD10, but instead was scrapped at Goodyear AZ in October 2002.

The United 747 was N4713U and it is now C5-FBS and it is in storage at Plattsburg NY.

Info from the Aviation Safety Network database and airlinerlist.com


User currently offlineKingAir200 From United States of America, joined May 2006, 1611 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 6012 times:

Quoting Falstaff (Thread starter):
Another would be what ever happened to NW's N467US, which was the "D.B. Cooper" plane?

That airplane bounced around with several operators after NW. I believe that it has been parted out by now.



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User currently offlineAeroWeanie From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 1607 posts, RR: 52
Reply 4, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 5894 times:
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Quoting KingAir200 (Reply 3):
That airplane bounced around with several operators after NW. I believe that it has been parted out by now.

That's N467US scrapped in 1996 as N29KA.

The Air France A300B4 hijacked to Entebee in June 1976 was F-BVGG. Amazingly, its still in service as TC-MNA:

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Also, the Lufthansa 737-200 hijacked on a flight to Frankfurt and diverted to Somalia (D-ABCE) in October 1977 is also still active as PT-MTB:

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User currently offlineAA787823 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 5883 times:

Does anyone know if N675UP is still flying. She was a movie star. Columbia 409 Heavy...Airport75

User currently offlineAeroWeanie From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 1607 posts, RR: 52
Reply 6, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 5853 times:
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Quoting AA787823 (Reply 5):
Does anyone know if N675UP is still flying. She was a movie star. Columbia 409 Heavy...Airport75

N675UP is still active with UPS:

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User currently offlineMXComet4C From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 5843 times:

Pope John Paul II began all of his world travels on Aeromexico's DC-10-30 XA-DUG still flying as a DC-10-30F N831LA for Cielos del Peru.

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User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 5819 times:

The TACA 737-300 that made an off-airport landing on a levee near MSY back in 1988 is still flying. It's most recently N697SW....


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