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Where To Buy GE90 Fan Blade For Decoration?  
User currently offlineJawed From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 482 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 11 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 19037 times:

This is not a joke. Where can I buy a (used or defective if necessary) GE90 engine fan blade? It would be great for decoration in the living room, and a great conversation piece for any aviation enthusiast.

Is this possible?

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User currently offlineTropicalSQ744 From Singapore, joined Nov 2001, 260 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (7 years 11 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 19051 times:

You should get like a blade from an old CF6. Fan blades are not cheap.


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User currently offlineJawed From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 482 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 11 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 19035 times:

I think you're right. An older, cheaper fan blade may be just as cool. Is there a place to get cool discarded aircraft parts online? I know that I won't be personally heading to any aircraft junkyars anytime soon. But if I can buy stuff online...

User currently offlineFlyDreamliner From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 2759 posts, RR: 15
Reply 3, posted (7 years 11 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 19029 times:

The NY museum of modern art has the esoterically shaped GE90-115 fan blade on display.

Safe to say, you'd have a hell of a time getting it into your living room, as it is well, rather larger than most any standard door.

Either way, you'd be either talking to GE for spare parts to get a new one, or likewise, a broker dealing in used aircraft parts. I'm certain you can get your hands on one, the thing is, you'll be paying what the airlines pay to get one, which I'll gander is not a small sum.... though perhaps not compared to some other choices to decorate living room walls.

Just out of curiousity, something smaller, like say a GE CF6-50 fan or a PW2000 fan might be cheaper, easier to come by, and much easier (and lighter) to get in place. I'm not even sure how you'd lift and secure a GE90 blade to your wall.



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User currently offlineFighterPilot From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 1418 posts, RR: 22
Reply 4, posted (7 years 11 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 19020 times:

eBay is where I would start my search. I to have looked into buying something like a fan blade or prop, but the prices can be quite high. Anyways good luck with your search.

Cal  airplane 



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User currently offlineVref5 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (7 years 11 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 18985 times:

Quoting FlyDreamliner (Reply 3):
Safe to say, you'd have a hell of a time getting it into your living room, as it is well, rather larger than most any standard door.

Hmm, one of the people involved with the GE90 engineering says a single fan blade is about 4 ft long by 2.5 ft wide.

Also says that the case with 22 fan blades had a total weight of 45 pounds; one could reasonably infer that a single fan blade would be no more than 2 pounds.

http://www.udri.udayton.edu/NR/exere...09-5758-469C-9D2B-6D309082E6B0.htm

Of course, the hard part would be in finding a source to sell one.

How about an Airbus 340 CFM56 4th stage fan blade? eBay has an auction for one with a starting bid of USD $49.99 for approximately the next three days. (Note: I have no stake in this and do not know the seller. I only merely searched for 'aircraft fan blade'.)

10 of these are available.


User currently offlineCX flyboy From Hong Kong, joined Dec 1999, 6641 posts, RR: 55
Reply 6, posted (7 years 11 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 18733 times:

There are only 5 GE90 fan blades on display in the entire world. 1 is at the museum in NY, another in the Middle East, one in China (I think) and one at the Cathay Pacific headquarters. Good luck getting one!

User currently offlineCaptainsimon From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2006, 127 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (7 years 11 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 18693 times:

Just for your information, may be useful it may not.
This is the firm that make the blades http://www.c-fan.com/


User currently offlineZeke From Hong Kong, joined Dec 2006, 9229 posts, RR: 76
Reply 8, posted (7 years 11 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 18632 times:

Quoting CX flyboy (Reply 6):
Cathay Pacific headquarters

Where did they move it to, used to be up near the photo shop ?



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User currently offlineNoelg From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (7 years 11 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 18590 times:

I used to own a small blade from a Trent 800. It was one of the ones used in testing and had a stone chip in it, hence it was unusable for an engine. I'm not sure it was a fan blade as it was only about 12 inches long, I think it was from behind the front fan blades. There were a couple of other bits with it too, but they went into a box when we moved and haven't been recovered yet Sad

If you know someone who works for a manufacturer you can usually come by some parts like that.


User currently offlineCaptainsimon From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2006, 127 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (7 years 11 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 18481 times:

Sounds like a compressor blade mate.

User currently offlineEMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 11, posted (7 years 11 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 18475 times:

Quoting Jawed (Thread starter):
Is this possible?

No it's not.

Bogus or Scrapped parts is a serious issue within the airlines and strict procedures are followed when parts are scrapped out. They must be destroyed in a way that they can not be re-used or re-sold. The GE90 Fan Blades are also composite and GE takes great pride in saying that only a small number have needed to be scrapped.



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User currently offlineGeo772 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2004, 519 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (7 years 11 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 18429 times:

Quoting Vref5 (Reply 5):
Also says that the case with 22 fan blades had a total weight of 45 pounds; one could reasonably infer that a single fan blade would be no more than 2 pounds.

Last time I had a GE90 fan blade in my hands it certainly felt a lot more than 2 pounds. However they are not 'heavy'. Other than being carbon fibre, they aren't that interesting to look at. Then again I haven't got up close to one of the newer -110 or 115 engines yet.



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User currently offlineGEnxPower From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 121 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (7 years 11 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 18428 times:

Quoting Vref5 (Reply 5):
Also says that the case with 22 fan blades had a total weight of 45 pounds; one could reasonably infer that a single fan blade would be no more than 2 pounds.

You got your numbers wrong here for sure. 2 Pounds per fan blade? I would love to see that! You prolly got mixed up with compressor blade, as Captainsimon said.

Quoting CX flyboy (Reply 6):
There are only 5 GE90 fan blades on display in the entire world. 1 is at the museum in NY, another in the Middle East, one in China (I think) and one at the Cathay Pacific headquarters. Good luck getting one!

Well, I know for a fact there is one complete GE-90 and one stand alone GE90-115B fan blade on display at GE Aviation Evendale plant Museum and Learning Center. (Sorry, The building visit is limited to employee and their families[need pre-registration], or guests of GE Aviation like airline representatives)

Another point : A single brand new GE-90 fan blade cost about hundred of thousands per blade. But I do agree it's a cool idea, even it will cost you a ton of money.

Quoting FlyDreamliner (Reply 3):
Safe to say, you'd have a hell of a time getting it into your living room, as it is well, rather larger than most any standard door.

A fan blade itself is actually not all that big. About 5 feet tall and about 2 feet wide at widest part. Even smaller and lighter than a small adult female. It should be able to fit through most doors.

[Edited 2006-12-31 16:18:38]

User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31712 posts, RR: 56
Reply 14, posted (7 years 11 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 18353 times:

Check with an Airline personnell or Stores In charge where the nearest scrap dealer is.
regds
MEL



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User currently offlineMarkC From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 259 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (7 years 11 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 18256 times:

You would have to be fairly determined. A GE90 is out of the question. Because of the relatively rare failure rate, GE probably asks for them back to examine. Even a 112" PW4000 does not scrap out all that often, but those are hollow titanium, and would make a nice display. Best bet is something like a 94" PW4000. Those scrap often.

It would have to come from an operator or large 3rd party overhaul shop. And they are most likely not going to sell you one directly. You would have to find out who has the scrap metal contract them. If you live in CA, and you found out who buys scrap titanium from United (they overhaul 94" and 112" engines), contact them and ask if it would be possible to look through their inventory. They probably have some sort of agreement with the operator to destroy the parts somehow, but them might let you drill a hole in the back of one, and buy it for the scrap metal value.

You're not getting a GE90, but I would think a large titanium blade would be entirely possible.


User currently offlineMSNYX From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 130 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (7 years 11 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 18192 times:

Quoting GEnxPower (Reply 13):
About 5 feet tall and about 2 feet wide at widest part. Even smaller and lighter than a small adult female. It should be able to fit through most doors.

That's an interesting thing to compare a fan blade to.



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User currently offlineFlyDreamliner From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 2759 posts, RR: 15
Reply 17, posted (7 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 18185 times:

Quoting GEnxPower (Reply 13):
Quoting FlyDreamliner (Reply 3):
Safe to say, you'd have a hell of a time getting it into your living room, as it is well, rather larger than most any standard door.

A fan blade itself is actually not all that big. About 5 feet tall and about 2 feet wide at widest part. Even smaller and lighter than a small adult female. It should be able to fit through most doors.

When I first read it, I mistakenly thought he wanted to hang an entire GE90 fan in his living room, not just one blade from one, which actually makes much more sense.



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User currently offlineEMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 18, posted (7 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 18158 times:

Quoting MarkC (Reply 15):
You're not getting a GE90, but I would think a large titanium blade would be entirely possible.

....and how big is your wallet....?? Your still looking at a few thousand dollars. Titanium is not cheep......



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User currently offlineFlyDreamliner From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 2759 posts, RR: 15
Reply 19, posted (7 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 18135 times:

sorry to post again, aside from the small compressor blades from the CFM56 off of the A340, I was able to find 2 fan blades from a GE CF6-50, pick up only, $3,500
I searched ebay under GE Fan Blades CF6-50C

My guess is that those would be closer to the size you were thinking of, since compressor blades are quite small as wall decorations.



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User currently offlineNoelg From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (7 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 18125 times:

Quoting Captainsimon (Reply 10):
Sounds like a compressor blade mate.

The shorter one was, it was only a couple of inches long. The other one was much longer though.

For info, this guy has loads of engine parts:

http://myworld.ebay.com/getnick/

Seem to be salvaged from old JT8Ds, CFM56s etc, from scrapped aircraft/engines.

Not bad prices either!


User currently offlineVref5 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (7 years 11 months 4 weeks ago) and read 17410 times:

Quoting Captainsimon (Reply 10):
Sounds like a compressor blade mate.

Ah, yes, duly corrected. Next time I shall pay greater attention.  Smile

Thanks for setting the record straight.


User currently offlineMarkC From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 259 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 17224 times:

Quoting EMBQA (Reply 18):
....and how big is your wallet....?? Your still looking at a few thousand dollars. Titanium is not cheep......

I'm not talking about a fully serviceable part with an FAA 8130 tag.

I'm talking about scrap metal value for a part that will be melted down. A 94" blade weighs in the 20 lb range (just a guess, but I have held quite a few). Whats scrap Ti? Maybe $5 per pound. What if it were $10? Again, a guess, but it can't be worth more than $300.


User currently offlineDl757md From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1562 posts, RR: 17
Reply 23, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 17042 times:

Quoting MarkC (Reply 22):
Whats scrap Ti?

About $7/lb.

DL757Md



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User currently offline9V-SPJ From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 752 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 16802 times:

Sort of off-topic, but why does CX have a GE90 blade on display? They don't have any GE powered aircraft right?

9V-SPJ


25 Post contains images RJ111 : They have 773ERs on order. Nor are composites [Edited 2006-12-31 21:42:42]
26 AndrewUber : Some fan blades have inconel in them, and are very valueable as scrap. New ones are in the $40,000 range for a CFM56 blade, not sure if "used" blades
27 Post contains links Jawed : FYI http://www.le-webmag.com/print.php3?id_article=46&lang=en CFAN : exclusive supplier of GE90 fan blades Civil Aviation | Friday 5 September 2003 CF
28 Dl757md : I've never heard of a fan blade with inconel in it. Turbine blades and HP compressor blades, yes, but not a fan blade. There is no high temperature r
29 N231YE : My university has a CFM-56 fan blade on display in the flight instructors' office. However, one of the flight instructors knows someone who works at G
30 FlyDreamliner : The tricky thing is that some people refer to the compressor blades as compressor fan blades... the CFM56 blade on ebay is inconel.
31 N231YE : True, however, the "fan" on the TF33 (and JT3D) is actually the low-pressure compressor. With a bypass ratio of around 1:1, half of this air is bypas
32 N8076U : Keep looking at ebay, and eventually, something like what you're looking for will come up. I have seen both JT9D and CF6 first stage fan blades for sa
33 Threepoint : A 5 foot tall woman 2 feet wide at her widest part would not, in my eyes, be considered petite.
34 OldAeroGuy : Boeing has one from the GE90-110B/115B (it has the sexy shape) that was used on the world tour of the 772LR. It was in a prominent location in the fr
35 AndrewUber : You are correct - the high bypass fan does not have inconel in it. Drew
36 Seabiscuit : If you do a search on ebay using keyword "GE90" you get a 747-100, 1/400 scale. It includes the GE 90 test engine on wing. Happy New Years! Seabiscuit
37 G5 : How about trying the good old fashioned way: Contact GE in Cincinatti, OH. Their test facility is not far away and maybe they have damaged fan blades
38 Post contains links and images FXramper : http://www.c-fan.com/ The company is about 20 minutes from my house. Not sure what their asking price on a fan is... Good luck...
39 Post contains images CX flyboy : Technically we do. CX operate three ex-Varig 747-200Fs which are GE powered, but the blade was donated to CX after it bought a whole bunch of 777-300
40 9V-SPJ : Thanks CX flyboy for conception info for the B773ERs! 9V-SPJ
41 Post contains links Srbmod : Forget that, go get yourself several 1/10th scale models of the nose of an a/c and mount them on the wall. http://gallery.bcentral.com/GID4793966DD412
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