My question is, what other aircraft have lived short lives (excluding crashes), and why? I understand from the photographer's comments this aircraft was supposed to have a new registration and start a new life, but that did not happen.
My mistake, the sentence originally read that it was scrapped eight years after it was built, then I did some editing when I found out its service life and storage date, so the math got a little "out-of-whack." But I fixed the sentence.
A340Spotter From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1983 posts, RR: 23
Reply 10, posted (8 years 3 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 14189 times:
As the photographer of the airplane at MZJ, and a former Pro Air employee, I can add some further info to this forum.
All 3 MD-90s, and this has been discussed in a couple of threads previously, were worth more for their parts than the leasing company was going to get for the entire airframe leasing it out. P4-MDF, MDG and MDH all had around 5,000hrs and met their makers during the early parts of the summer '06. When I was there, the blue tailed one (MDH) had already been completely broken up as there was no signs left of it. The green one, MDG, was as the photo showed, down to the tube, while the orange one, MDF, still had the flight deck attached (photos are available on this site but not going to plug it)...
The engines alone were worth more than the leasing company was going to get. In reality, there were only a couple of airlines even interested in these frames (Lion Air and Ghana were rumored)...
"Irregardless, it's a Cat III airplane, we don't need an alternate!"
N231YE From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (8 years 3 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 14000 times:
Quoting A340Spotter (Reply 10): The engines alone were worth more than the leasing company was going to get. In reality, there were only a couple of airlines even interested in these frames (Lion Air and Ghana were rumored)...
So I take it that low demand is what 'killed' these birds? Since nobody wanted them, their value to lease was lower than that of their parts (laws of supply and demand), so they were subsequently scrapped...
Scaledesigns From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 211 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (8 years 3 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 13839 times:
After WWII the Consolidated type 39 Liberator(B24 wings) was only in
service for 3 months with American Airlines.It was scrapped several months
The Republic Rainbow was only around for a few years before being scrapped
after AA dropped the order.
Im sure the list is very long as they used to design and build alot more
airliner types back in the 1940s-1960s.
AeroWeanie From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 1610 posts, RR: 52
Reply 17, posted (8 years 3 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 13733 times:
Martin built an airliner called the 303 in 1946-47. It was a pressurized version of the 202. Customers included United Airlines, Braniff and Panagra. After problems were experienced with the 202 in flight test, the airlines cancelled their orders for the 303 and this led to the program being cancelled. The first two 303s were complete at the time and 87 flight hours had been amassed. To get a $15 million tax carry-back credit, Martin scrapped the aircraft and destroyed all records pertaining to the program. Only two photos are known to survive of the aircraft.
Keego From Ireland, joined Jan 2006, 190 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (8 years 3 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 13282 times:
Quoting N231YE (Reply 4): My mistake, the sentence originally read that it was scrapped eight years after it was built, then I did some editing when I found out its service life and storage date, so the math got a little "out-of-whack." But I fixed the sentence
ahh only a bit of light hearted banter , I guessed that's what it meant (ie scrapped in 06)
it was delivered in '95, so it had 5 years of flying
Plus you can consider it a "write-off" even while not in an actual aircrash. There have been more new frames damaged in hangar fires etc. We are looking here for frames which are not damaged but didn't even reach the first D check yet.
nobody has ever died from hard work, but why take the risk?
: The compound was a Mercury based compound and Mercury and Aluminium (Aluminum for some) don't mix too well - so it was an incident, which is why it i