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What Is The Oldest Passenger Jet In Service?  
User currently offlineJAM747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 550 posts, RR: 1
Posted (7 years 10 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 26598 times:

What is the oldest passenger jet in service. Many passenger end their lives as cargo transport but which old bird is the oldesr still carring passengers. Could it be a DC8, 707, 727, a Russian jet, or a DC 9?

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User currently offlineCOERJ145 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1421 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (7 years 10 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 26613 times:

Quoting JAM747 (Thread starter):
What is the oldest passenger jet in service. Many passenger end their lives as cargo transport but which old bird is the oldesr still carring passengers. Could it be a DC8, 707, 727, a Russian jet, or a DC 9?

There are a few Saha Airlines 707s flying around Iran, and in the US, there are a couple of NW DC-9s that are 40+yrs old. Also, PanAm(operated by Boston-Maine Airlines) flies 727s up and down the east coast(to an ever changing list of destinations).


User currently offlinePgh234 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 796 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (7 years 10 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 26608 times:

I seem to recall those PanAm 727s being some of the last off of the line (ex-UA). So the NW DC9s should beat them by at least 15 years.  

-pgh234

[Edited 2007-02-25 00:43:17]

User currently offlineJAM747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 550 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (7 years 10 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 26560 times:

Quoting Pgh234 (Reply 2):
seem to recall those PanAm 727s being some of the last off of the line (ex-UA). So the NW DC9s should beat them by at least 15 years.

I think the last 727s went to Fed Ex unless you mean't passenger versions. Bear in mind that the current Pan Am is different from the original so they might have gotten the current 727 from some where else and not from the original Pan Am.


User currently offlineDeltaRules From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3840 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (7 years 10 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 26334 times:

Quoting COERJ145 (Reply 1):
There are a few Saha Airlines 707s flying around Iran

Yeah, but weren't those built in the 70s? I could be wrong, but I thought I saw that those were some "young" 707s relatively speaking.

DeltaRules



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User currently offlineDLPMMM From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 3602 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (7 years 10 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 26185 times:

Until December of 2005, I would have said the Grumman Mallards flown by Chalk International Airlines. Built circa 1947, I think they even predated the NW DC-9s

User currently offlineThepilot From Canada, joined Jan 2010, 5 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (7 years 10 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 26132 times:

It has to be DC3s. There are many of them flying around, some of which are reaching the 60 year mark. Hands down has to be the DC3.


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User currently offlinePgh234 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 796 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (7 years 10 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 26115 times:

the title says oldest passenger jet

-pgh234


User currently offlineSJUSXM From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 294 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (7 years 10 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 26115 times:

I believe the thread starter was referring to JET airliners. So the Mallards, and the DC-3s dont count


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User currently offlineBohica From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2750 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (7 years 10 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 25962 times:

I will guess it is the USAF C-135. They can carry passengers.

User currently offlineJetJeanes From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 1434 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (7 years 10 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 25470 times:

There was a reg plate inside of an nw dc-9 door that it appeared to be 68?? this was a year or 2 ago and a 71


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User currently offlineBimmerkid19 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (7 years 10 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 25469 times:

Quoting Bohica (Reply 9):
I will guess it is the USAF C-135. They can carry passengers.

Way way off top... the thread refers to Commerical Airlines... not Military, cargo or elsewise.... *begins searching for a moderator as i sense this thread is getting way off-topic8


User currently offlineKatwspotter From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 210 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (7 years 10 months 5 days ago) and read 25171 times:

Amazing how well some planes are built last such as the DC-9


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User currently offlineSteeler83 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 9272 posts, RR: 21
Reply 13, posted (7 years 10 months 5 days ago) and read 25108 times:

I was about to say the DC9, but numerous others have beat me too it  silly 


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User currently offlineBohica From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2750 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (7 years 10 months 5 days ago) and read 24870 times:

Quoting Bimmerkid19 (Reply 11):
Way way off top... the thread refers to Commerical Airlines... not Military, cargo or elsewise.... *begins searching for a moderator as i sense this thread is getting way off-topic8

You better read the original post. Nowhere does it say commercial airlines. Therefore it is not way off topic.


User currently offlineTrijetsRMissed From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 2400 posts, RR: 7
Reply 15, posted (7 years 10 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 24475 times:

Quoting Pgh234 (Reply 2):
I seem to recall those PanAm 727s being some of the last off of the line (ex-UA).

How about the Champion Air 727's. Certainly getting up there in age. Were they among the last of the line as well?



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User currently offlineEDICHC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (7 years 10 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 24173 times:

Are there not a few BAC1-11's still in service somewhere? Would they out-date the DC-9's?

User currently offlineIdlewild From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 140 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (7 years 10 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 23119 times:
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What about the Caravelle? I seem to recall a tour operator in Gabon using one for passenger flights.

User currently offlineMEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4359 posts, RR: 35
Reply 18, posted (7 years 10 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 23034 times:

Quoting Idlewild (Reply 17):
What about the Caravelle? I seem to recall a tour operator in Gabon using one for passenger flights.

NO Caravelles are flying anymore unfortunately. Gabon Express, which is featured in a nice video/DVD, stopped flying its Caravelle in 2001 already. The final cargo Caravelles stopped flying by 2005.



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User currently offlineFLLspoter From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 314 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (7 years 10 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 22927 times:

What about the 732 they are getting old
UP has one from 1968 i belive



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User currently offlineCV990 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (7 years 10 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 22900 times:

Hi!

I think the oldest passenger jet in service is a Israel Air Force Boeing 707-329 4X-JYT, that rolled out at Renton in the 18th. December 1959, so it already passed 47 years old!!! No jet can beat that I'm sure. In December 1996 he logged 58.598 flying hours, and it was originally built to SABENA has OO-SJC. Here are some photos of the bird:


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In 2003 still with turbojets ( must have been awesome to listen that noise ) and in March 2006 already with turbofans.


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Still with SABENA, I bet that SABENA never expected to see that plane flying so long!!!
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User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8468 posts, RR: 10
Reply 21, posted (7 years 10 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 22876 times:
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To all the generalisers, I believe that the thread starter wanted to know which is the oldest commercial jet airliner still in passenger service. That means not "732" or "DC-9" but a tail number and an operator.


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User currently offlineDahlgardo From Denmark, joined Sep 2004, 136 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (7 years 10 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 22858 times:

Oldest DC-9s has to be East African Airways :

5Y-XXC, line no 2, mfd 0565
5Y-XXB, line no 4, mfd 0665

They're possibly the oldest passenger jets still flying pax services.

The Saha 707s were all mfd in the 70s

/Jakob



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User currently offlineCV990 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (7 years 10 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 22718 times:

Hi!

I have to check if Israel Air Force uses 4X-JYT in passenger service...they might who knows!!!
Regards


User currently offlineFLLspoter From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 314 posts, RR: 2
Reply 24, posted (7 years 10 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 22607 times:

Quoting CV990 (Reply 20):
Hi!

I think the oldest passenger jet in service is a Israel Air Force Boeing 707-329 4X-JYT, that rolled out at Renton in the 18th. December 1959, so it already passed 47 years old!!! No jet can beat that I'm sure. In December 1996 he logged 58.598 flying hours, and it was originally built to SABENA has OO-SJC. Here are some photos of the bird:

This bird is not a passenger jet if it is flying for the isreali air force.



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25 Post contains links and images CV990 : Hi! Sorry but this bird IS a passenger jet...it was built has a passanger jet and it was used to take passengers, that's why SABENA got it. Maybe latt
26 FLLspoter : Whatever it is now is what it is classified as! Joe
27 DC3CV3407AC727 : Champion has N697CA the last pax 727 off the line back in'83, but thats far from the oldest jet, probably a NW9 or SAHA 707.
28 FLLspoter : OY-APG has been flying since the 1970's so i think it should hol the record Joe
29 Access-Air : The very earliest DC9 was built in 1965........So if there are any 727-100s that are flying around that were produced (first delivered to UAL in 1964)
30 Post contains links and images Northwestewr : I think NWA's oldest DC-9 is DC-9-31 N8920E delivered to Eastern 3/29/67... View Large View MediumPhoto © Bruce Leibowitz
31 Philb : The following BAC1-11s are known to be active, or have been in recent months, carrying passengers on some form of commercial operation: 067 401AK N161
32 Nwarooster : Northwest's DC-9-31 (N8920E), fuselage number 95 is NWA's oldest flying DC-9.
33 Post contains images JAM747 : Just to clarify I started the post to find out the oldest passenger jet in service which means any passenger jet that still transport passengers. Thi
34 Post contains links and images Philb : Just another thought, the RAF VC10s are in regular passenger service flying troops/diplomats and government ministers in an airline type layout. The f
35 Post contains links 4holer : The visitingphx.com website also lists N111JX as having visited PHX on 07/17/2007. http://www.visitingphx.com/charters.html
36 Philb : So, let's try to recap: Possible oldest, is 707 4X-JYT if it can be confirmed that it is both a passenger carrier and still flying Next is S9-DBM Then
37 Philb : N111JX is msn 163 which first flew on 26/01/70 and is thus well out of contention
38 Sovietjet : Wow amazingly no Russian jets made it or even came close. I know the first Tu-134s were delivered in 69 but those are of the now extinct "short" versi
39 C680 : The RAF still has an old Hawker Siddeley HS-125-2 Dominie T2 flying 'round. I think they were made in 1965.
40 Bohlman : EAA's Ford Tri-motor (N414H), built in 1929?
41 Philb : Just digitised a pic of that today taken in 1980 at Grand Canyon Airport in Scenic's colours. Unfortunately it isn't a jet. The T2 is a navigation tr
42 Nwarooster : The oldest DC-9-14 in passenger service is in service with with East African Safari Air. It is Registration 5Y-XXB, MSN 45711 and fuselage number four
43 Post contains links Dahlgardo : Oldest bizzjet still around is probably N722Q It's a MS760 manufactured in 1959. It's offered for sale here Oldest Russian passenger jet still active
44 Isitsafenow : I think you are about 101 percent correct. safe
45 Philb : Well, it will be when re-certificated (presumably on sale). As of now it has no valid airworthiness certificate according to the FAA.and the ad, unli
46 Richierich : I thought the Mallards were made into Turbo Mallards, therefore JETS. Of course, they did not start out that way when they were built, and considerin
47 Philb : I think you need to accept the generalised terminology which was used indicating the means whereby the main thrust is provided. The Mallards derive t
48 Post contains images 747400sp : They should have kept those JT4's on it!
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